VIDEO DOWNLOAD - Joel Goodhart Shoot Interview
Before there was EXTREME there was TWA!!!
Philadelphia has always been the hot bed for professional wrestling. In the 80’s there was one man that was Extreme before ECW’s Tod Gordon and Paul Heyman. This man had the vision to offer the blood thirsty wrestling fans a product that they could sink their teeth into called TWA, Tri State Wrestling. TWA’s motto was, “They wrestled, they brawled, they did it all” TWA was a company for every smart mark wrestling fan to enjoy. The man behind this company has been in the shadows for the past 25 years until now. RF VIDEO had the pleasure of sitting down with TWA owner/promoter Joel Goodhart as he breaks his silence for the first time anywhere exclusivley with RFVIDEO.
Everyone had questions for Joel Goodhart including myself, and the big one was, what the hell happened? What went wrong and where did Joel go after he promoted his final show with Buddy Rogers vs Buddy Landell. We get all the questions answered that you have been dying to know.
The interview starts off where we talk about the origins of the Squared Circle fan club which I was a member myself. Joel talks about working with his two partners at the time to create a brand in the Philadelphia market right here in Langhorne PA at the I95 Marketplace. Joel and his partner also landed a radio show and you will hear all about the trials and tribulations of Rasslin Radio. Joel talks about how they landed on WIP after being on a few stations before. It wasn’t long after that when TWA was founded and they promoted their first event ever at my Neshaminy High School. You will hear how the company grew from a minor little indy show into something that is still talked about today.
Joel talks about his bus trips to Memphis and of course who could forget the lunch Q&A’s as the Bus Stop and Champs in Northeast Philly. You will hear all about the Philly wars between WWE and NWA. How did Joel build his relationships with the NWA wrestlers? He has great stories on Ric Flair and what it was like working with the entire NWA crew during the 80’s including Sting, Muta, Abby, Lex Luger, Steiners, LOD and so many other legends.
As time went on the TWA got bigger and better and so did the star power. Joel was bringing in the top indy talent from around the country before anyone else. All eyes were on his promotion and he had a rabid fan base made up of all hardcore wrestling fans. We talk in depth about all of his major shows that took place at Temple University.
What was it like for Joel to work with Jerry Lawler, and how did he get the Von Erichs to come to Philly when they would never leave Texas? What was a young Paul Heyman like to work with? What was Ted Petty’s role with the company. Who was his booker? How did the Sandman get started in the business? What was Abby like to work with behind the scenes. Was The Original Sheik and Sabu hard to control? Who came up with the innovative TWA stipulation matches? Did any of the boys try to take advantage of him? All of these questions get answered.
We talk about all the historic feuds from the TWA era like DC Drake and Larry Winters. Joel talks in depth about the entire Eddie Gilbert vs Cactus Jack feud including the infamous 2-3 falls match the barbed wire match that is one of the sickest matches to ever take place in Philly. What happened when the rope broke when Owen Hart made a rare apperance? What was it like dealing with some of the biggest names in the business during his run?
As the company got bigger, so did the expenses. When did Joel realize that he might have been in over his head and how did Tod Gordon get involved in TWA and what exactly was his role? Joel talks in great detail and all the major matches of the companies history including any road blocks that he had to face. How did the NWA react to Joel running in their market?
Of course the question that everyone wanted to know is what happened to the scheduled Winter Challenge show that was going to take place in 1992 with Buddy Landell vs Buddy Rogers? What did Joel have planned and why did he leave the business without a trace. For the first time ever, Joel comments on why he left and who did he tell? He has a message to the fans who always wanted to know where the money went. Did he have any regrets and what was the fall out between Tod Gordon and Joel. Joel even talks about how much money he lost in TWA.
Another big question that we talked about was if Joel was the ultimate money mark and you will be shocked to hear what he has to say. Did Joel follow ECW and what were his thoughts on Tod and Paul Heyman taking his baby to the next level.
If you’re a fan of the Philadelphia wrestling scene this interview is a must for you to view. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Extreme as Joel should get all the credit in the world for making a impact to the sport of professional wrestling as he is the true godfather of Hardcore!!!
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