Charlie Haas Interview

Busted Open recently interviewed Charlie Haas about ROH > TNA, his thoughts on WWE’s new marketing strategy & more. You can listen to the interview

Why did he and Shelton pick ROH?

We just wanted to take a look at one, where our styles are appreciated…..which is wrestling. We’re not in the entertainment business, we’re not wrestlers trying to be actors. We grew up wrestling, we grew up amateur wrestling, we grew up being fans of professional wrestling and that’s our passion. You look at the other organizations that are out there… they (WWE) want to drop the name wrestling from their company, one is not sure what mode they’re going in right now (TNA), so Ring of Honor…..I think a lot had to do with Jim Cornette. We worked with Jim back in OVW. If anyone knows anything about wrestling it would be him, especially when he is putting a show together. He knows how to put it together, he does it the old fashioned way. You book your PPVs and you work backwards…’s a formula that’s been around forever. Some people like to try to reinvent the wheel and that’s why you see its such a mix up in different organizations.

And another thing is that every championship in Ring of Honor means something. You don’t have 100 guys on the roster and they’re only gonna use 10 and the rest are going to sit in the back and hope to get noticed. If you’re not being used, you’re not on that roster. They have a smaller budget and that’s the way they gotta work so you gotta stay on top of your game every match, every internet PPV, so they don’t look to replace you. And that’s something that we like because we thrive off of competition. But when he (Cornette) said he wanted to put us back together and really help out the tag team division which we got there, we were really excited about it… whole thing is the tag team division didn’t need much help because every tag team in that division in my opinion is one of the greatest tag teams in the world today. There’s not a better tag team division in the world than Ring of Honor’s right now.

How different would things be if he and Shelton picked TNA over ROH?

We’ve talked TNA on and off. We just feel that ROH is in a good place right now. There’s gonna be some really big things coming up. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. We feel that’s where we are. We love working for ROH…… I just think that is the right place for us.

I just don’t think they (TNA) protects their tag team division as well. When I mean not protect them…..they keep them on TV to keep their faces out there and their names out there but they’re not running a program around their tag team title. They have in the past but all of a sudden, they quit doing it. I thought the matches with Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money were great but Alex Shelley gets hurt and they kind of just drop it. I know Ink Inc. had a little run with Beer Money but they’re not doing anything to elevate those titles or mean anything. If you’re not gonna run storylines around those championships and you’re not going to keep building teams and make people watch it, those titles are going to mean nothing and you can see that at WWE.

On WWE dropping ‘wrestling’ from its name:

They’re in the entertainment business. They want to be an entertainment company. If the formula isn’t broke, why try to fix it. For you to say you’re not gonna wrestle, what are you going to do, a dog and pony show? Maybe he (Vince) is getting a little senile in his old age. I don’t understand it either. It is what it is. I don’t work for him. I’m glad I don’t work for him. I stay in touch with a lot of guys up there and it’s just one of those deals you’re still walking on eggshells. You want to keep your head down, chin up, and just want to fly under that radar so you get paid. You just hope you get noticed and get used. It’s a shame that they just want to eliminate the word wrestling. That’s something that his grandfather, his dad helped establish, and for them to change it…..only he would know. Only he would give you the answer.

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Other topics covered in the interview include ROH bringing in Jay Lethal & who does better impressions between the two of them.

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Trish Stratus Interview

Trish Stratus was live in-studio with Busted Open to discuss Tough Enough, backstage rumors & more. Most notably, Stratus politely criticized John Morrison for his decision making as she indicated that he wasn’t “smart”. Listen to the interview

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Steve Austin Interview

Busted Open had Stone Cold Steve Austin in-studio to talk about Tough Enough, the current state of the WWE & more. You can listen to the interview

Austin on being part of the first big event after 9/11 (Smackdown in Houston on Sept. 13, 2001, coincided with the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed):

“Well, the first show back was an interesting day at the office just because that’s when Vince just said ‘Hey Steve, we need to go back to work. A lot of people are going to come down on us but we gotta get this thing moving again and go forward because that’s what you do.” There was just a lot going on there. A big gray cloud over all of us. Why this happened and how it happened and everything that went on. It was a little strange obviously. It was a weird period, that’s all I can say about it. It was a long time ago and it was a weird period, but you have to do what you have to do.”

Austin on Edge’s sudden retirement and similarities to Austin’s neck problems:

“Well, I don’t know all the particulars about Edge’s health, but I guess it’s a neck problem. Spinal Stenosis, it means you ain’t gotta lot of room for your spinal cord to move. So that puts him in harms way by taking too many bumps or taking the wrong bump, so it’s a good decision he made. Sad day at the office for millions and millions of Edge fans and WWE fans.
“I remember a long time ago, when my good buddy “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff had to get out of the business and he looked at me…..Me and Paul were always straight shooters with each other and really good friends….and he goes ‘Steve, let me tell you something. There is life after wrestling.’ And there is, you just gotta go out there and find it and Edge will. He’s a bright kid, always has been, he’s still young, has got youth on his side, good looking kid and smart, so he’ll be fine. That’s just the way it is. When its time to close a door and open up another one, you gotta do that.”

Reaction to hearing WM 28 Main Event a year in advance and making it work:

“They’re gonna have to make it work. It’s a hard build to make work. Rock’s hot and heavy right now in the movie business, he’s doing great…..and Cena is the number 1 guy, I’m sure he would love to work with a guy like Rock. When you got that big a window of time, it’s gotta work, and if anybody can make it work, it’s Vince. He always wants to do something big at every single Wrestlemania there is and that’s the big thing that he made was…..this next Wrestlemania. He’s a lot smarter than I am, so more power to him and good luck. I wish both guys well.”

On wrestlers having personality or lack thereof and if the guys in the back were upset that he showed his with the Stone Cold character:

“To this day, they (creative) might give you something because they don’t think you can come up with anything better or they feel their idea might be better than yours. Vince is a businessman. He don’t want to sit there and make every single decision that’s gotta be made. At the corporate level that’s his job because he’s the leader of that ship….he’s the captain…’s his baby, but hell, he wants everyone to go out there.
“If John Cena, the number 1 guy in the business, goes up to Vince and goes ‘Vince, I got a damn good idea, this is how to make me better and more hotter than I already am’….Vince is gonna listen to him. If Joe Blow who’s jerking the curtain in the first match says ‘Vince, I got a hell of an idea that’s gonna make me a main eventer, Vince is gonna say ‘Let me hear it’. It ain’t about them labeling you anything and making you stick to it. You gotta come up with something…’s show business.”

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Abdullah the Butcher Interview

Dave Lagreca, Doug Mortman & Reby Sky spoke with Abdullah the Butcher on BUSTED OPEN about his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, wrestling managers, & more …
… including who in wrestling he’d like to “fork” right now !
Listen to a portion of this can’t-miss interview

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Road Warrior ANIMAL Interview

Busted Open had Joe Laurinaitis on the show this past week to promote his book “The Road Warriors: Danger, Death and the Rush of Wrestling”.
You can listen to a portion of the interview

Animal had the following comments on the WWE Hall of Fame:

“Well you know to me it’s a culmination of what you have accomplished in your career. I think they want to make it a legitimate hall of fame like an NBA or an NFL, which you are going to have changed it a little bit. It’s going to have to be a sports entertainment hall of fame. I think you’re going to have to change the title of it you know what I mean. As far as that I mean listen I was blessed man. There’s never going to be a tag team like the “Road Warriors.” There might never be period because of the way the wrestling business is today. You know it’s been proven you just can’t throw two guys together and say there a tag team. I mean Hawk and I, we drove on the road, we eat dinner, and we shared rooms and everything together you know what I mean. Along with Paul we’re going into the pro wrestling hall of fame you know, the one in Amsterdam, New York, that one I know like Paul Orndorff says ‘You get voted in by your peers.’ They send ballots, they send about 60 anonymous ballots out there, only half of them have to report because they’re as reported in there vote. This is our first year and we got voted in our first year with it. That means a lot to us. You’re voted in by guys like Harley Race, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, guys who have paved the road before us, you what I mean. You never know. I think sooner or later the WWE is going to have to put us in their hall of fame. I mean who else do they have left?”

“Who knows man? You know the way they are. They can spring things on you last minute. You never know what’s going to happen, but I mean right at this moment I don’t have any clue of what’s going on with that you know. I’m the last person probably because my brother works there. I don’t even talk or even think about wrestling with the WWE because of that fact. I mean it’s too much nepotism. I’m always told nepotism.”

“It’s not so much about the part of getting information. I think there’s some kind of wall put up there not by my brother per say, but per say maybe the office there. I mean guys listen I got to wrestle, I heard your recording in the beginning, Hogan, Flair, and I got work with the top guys in our business ever. I mean it’s time for me to give back as a coach or behind the scenes, agent type deal business. It just drives me crazy because I’m not doing that and I can’t do that. I would do it in a heartbeat, but you know it’s not my decision to do you know what I mean, so I don’t even argue the fact anymore. I don’t even question it. I don’t even, hey it is what it is, if it happens, it happens. Right now like you said the media could either make you or break you. I’ve gone through it with my son James, he’s done well. For instance, small market like St. Louis. Now that the Rams are playing well and winning games, they’re going to be on six nationally televised games next year. Well you know last couple of years James has had pro bowl numbers. You know now they’ll get recognized because the voting committee is within the media that watches the nationally televised games. They don’t vote on the games that are all on the NFL Network. The media is a good tool to have. It’s got good points and bad points. I think there’s more positive with it than negative. It’s been great to us I mean all the media has been good to us. We were probably one of the few that made the cross over to a Sports Illustrated, to an ESPN, to a Peoples Magazine, to a Forbes Magazine. You know we had that company Zubaz that most guys have.”

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Matt Hardy Interview

TNA Superstar Matt Hardy joined Dave LaGreca, Doug Mortman & Reby Sky in NYC for an in-studio interview to talk about his TNA debut, the origins of “COLD BLOOD”,
issues with WWE & more.

You can listen to a portion of the interview

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Chris Jericho Interview

WWE Superstar Chris Jericho joined BUSTED OPEN to talk wrestling, rumours, & more.
Excerpts below:

WrestleMania needing a big angle:
“Absolutely, but what’s wrong with that? I mean, last week I listened to your guys’ show and you guys were complaining as critics do that WrestleMania had no jump to it. Vince McMahon is a genius. You can say what you want and whatever you want to say. He will always pull stuff out his ass. You wait and see what he comes up with at WrestleMania. You think The Rock is the last thing is going to be the big selling point. No way! I’m sure he’s got two or three other things up his sleeve for this WrestleMania… There’s still five weeks until WrestleMania.”

“When I worked for WAR in Japan, the company was half the size of new Japan, but for me, WAR was the best company in the world, and if anybody talked badly about my company, I’ll fight you. And if we had any kind of interaction with New Japan, I wasn’t trying to work for New Japan, I didn’t give a s— about working for New Japan, all I cared about was working for WAR, and flying the banner as high as I could… I don’t care if TNA is the worst company in the world, I don’t care. Once you sign a contract for there, you work for Dixie Carter, and you do the best you can to make people believe it’s the best company in the world, and if all you’re doing is b—— about WWE, then go f—— work for WWE, or act like a hasbeen that used to work there. TNA should be the best place in the world to work, and if you don’t believe that, the fans won’t believe it, they’re not gonna buy your product, they’re not gonna believe your product, and they’re not gonna watch your product.”

A WWE return:
“Now that’s the thing people ask me ‘When are you coming back to wrestling? When are you going to do this? When are you going to do that?’ I got asked today ‘Are you? – the rumor is you’re the new singer of Velvet Revolver?’ Even if I was the lead singer of Velvet Revolver, even if I was coming out of the Chamber why would I tell you a-holes”

You can listen to a portion of the interview

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Jeff Jarrett Interview

Busted Open interviewed TNA founder Jeff Jarrett to promote tomorrow night’s edition of Impact & more. You can listen to a portion of the interview HERE.
Highlights below :

On if there are more plans for TNA to take Impact and PPV’s on the road:
There absolutely are. The touring business is a very very tough business first and foremost. Me growing up here in Nashville certainly around the music business, theres a lot of hard work that goes in to taking a show on the road….It is a tough road. In 2009, I think we ran 50 events, 2010 we ran about 80 or so and 2011 I think were going to have over 100 on the books.

Thoughts on the Impact Zone and how it plays on TV:
To me, the Impact Zone is an intimate setting. Is it what the wrestling fan is accustomed to back from the 90’s with the Monday Night Wars so to speak were going on when both the shows were in arenas, but the reality is that we are not in that era anymore and WWE is not selling the tickets that they did in the 90’s and the touring business and the country as a whole is in a recession. To me, the Impact Zone…..when we have a fantastic live PPV in that building, it is an off the charts great atmosphere. When you’re going on the 3rd or 4th day of tapings and certainly, when I say it, its not a live show, it’s a taped show…..absolutely, theres a different vibe, a different aspect….I guess you could say the energy of the show is not like a live performance. Is it an arena feel? No, but we knew that going in…..

On the concussion storyline with Mr. Anderson and how close it hits home:
It’s very real. Its very relevent, and that’s another thing as James Harrison had a really good soundbyte…..the world has changed again with the information, the information on head trauma, the information on concussions, the information on the time it takes to heal. In 2002, Jimmy Snuka jumped off a cage onto me and it is by far the worst concussion I ever had. I couldn’t even think straight for weeks and if I hadn’t had pulled myself out then I would have…..the wrestling industry just wasn’t versed on it. We are very in tune with head injuries and realize the seriousness of it, and so is society.

On working with his wife and Kurt Angle in this current storyline:
I have to tell you that you are probably using the incorrect word when you call it a storyline, because that kind of tells you its scripted….you just tune in and it’s as uncomfortable as one could imagine. It’s real, its damn real as Kurt would say.

On his relationship with Kurt Angle:
Tune in every week and that’ll give you an update.

If its difficult to deal with guys like Jeff Hardy and Ric Flair who have personal issues:
Its risk vs. reward and when you sign anyone to a contract, theres an inherent risk no matter how safe you think it is and its part of doing business….it is what it is.

Did it throw you for a loop when both Nash and Booker T ended up at the Royal Rumble the other day?
Not at all…..not at all

Would it surprise you if Sting wound up signing with the WWE?
No, it wouldn’t. Remember you’re talking to a guy who’s been around and his family has been around this business since the 40’s so literally anything can happen and don’t let it catch you off guard.

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Austin Aries Interview

Busted Open interviewed Austin Aries to promote his current tour with Dragon Gate USA. Dave, Doug & Reby went over his departure from ROH & more. You can listen to a portion of the interview HERE.
Highlights below:

On why he left ROH: Anybody who knows me knows I can be a little outspoken. I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind and say what I see in front of me. I’ve been with that company for a long time and worked very hard….and there were some things going on from a business end that weren’t making me very happy. That being said, they made me feel that that wasn’t the kind of energy they wanted in their locker room and I can understand that, but I see a lot of guys going out there every night and busting their ass and putting their body on the line and not really getting fully rewarded to the full extent that they could be. So it was time for us to part ways. I really hope its successful because a lot of guys put their heart and soul into that promotion but you need everybody on board working to the same goal, and until that happens, its gonna be a difficult, uphill battle.

On today’s wrestling audience: I think it’s part of the problem. This whole Internet fan base as we see is only so large. And no matter how great of a product you put out, you’re still pulling from that same group of people and they only have so much money to spend. So I really think that the ultimate business plan is to try to include some more of the mainstream wrestling fans and reach out to the local wrestling fans. There’s a lot of local promotions that are running around without any name recognition on their card that draw 300 people consistently because they build strong ties in their communities. I know that’s something Ring of Honor dropped the ball with for years was not building strong ties within the communities. And you can only rely on the Internet fan base so much because the dollar only stretches so much.

On possibly being a heel color commentator like Matt Striker: I like Matt Striker, so I don’t want to say that I’m looking for anybody’s job….I’m at a point in my career right now, I pretty much feel like I’ve done everything I can do at this level. Obviously, the last level to step up to would be WWE. There’s been some talks, initial talks, that haven’t really gotten far at this point because they’re a numbers promotion, they look at numbers. They look at more of the tangible things as opposed to the intangibles. I’d like to think that if I went there I could be successful whether it was in the broadcast booth, I was in the ring, whether it would be a manager, which is a lost art form in this business……I think theres different ways I can fill in in any promotion that I go to. I love wrestling, I’ve given a lot to it and gotten a lot out of it back, but yeah, I’m definitely looking to take that final step.

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Paul Orndorff Interview

Busted Open spoke with WWE Hall of Famer, Paul Orndorff in
an exclusive – and personal – interview.
Listen to part of the interview

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“Glorified Jobber”

Dave LaGreca sported a Miz t-shirt during the January 5th edition of BUSTED OPEN as
part of his penance for calling The Miz a “glorified jobber”.
Feast your eyes on the consequences of his words !

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Happy New Year !

Happy New Year from the Busted Open crew to all our fans & listeners !
Special thanks to Busted Open listener, Kevin M. for bringing our message to WWE programming during a recent episode of Superstars !
“Busted Open 5 Days a Week !”

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The BO Awards

Sirius/XM’s inaugural BO Awards
lived up to the hype, complete with interviews
from WWE, TNA & ROH superstars.
Listen to complete interviews with a few of our BO Award winners below :

Alex Shelley
(BO Award winner for Best Tag Team; accepting on behalf of The Motor City Machineguns)

(BO Award winner for Best Busted Open Moment)

Madison Rayne
(BO Award winner for Best Women’s Wrestler)

Mr. Anderson
(BO Award winner for Best Interview of the Year & Match of the Year; Accepting on behalf of the Steel Cage Match at TNA Lockdown: Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson)

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Taz Interview

Taz spoke with Dave LaGreca, Doug Mortman & Reby Sky in a candid interview on BUSTED OPEN. Excerpts from the interview below :

-Taz on Mickie James vs. Tara in a steel cage on Impact: “Both of those girls worked their tails off… Tara was injured earlier in that match. They really, really took it to a new level. They wanted to steal the show. They wanted to capture that moment… They sure did. Everyone was so proud of those ladies.”

-Taz on broadcasting in TNA vs. WWE; learning from Vince McMahon: “Vince McMahon, I have to say on the record, I have learned so much from him in regards of being a commentator. Vince McMahon is not a huge fan of calling action… The guys that are the announcers there now, I feel their frustration, because trust me, when you are a pro wrestling commentator, you want to call matches; you want to call action. The beauty in TNA is you have the freedom to call action.”

-Taz on a belt vs. a championship: “I still won’t say “Title belt. I agree with Vince McMahon on that. It’s more prestigious if it is a championship or a title… A belt is something, in Vince McMahon’s words, you use to hold your pants up. A belt holds up your pants; a championship is something prestigious to hold.”

-Taz on C.M. Punk: “I watch WWE programming when I can. I have heard Punk. I think he is good. He is an intelligent guy, a talented guy, a credible guy. I think he has legs as a color commentator.”

About Team Taz Finishing Camp:
“My goal with this concept is to assist fellow wrestlers in learning the nuances they might be missing that is preventing them from grabbing & holding the attention of one of the Major Pro Wrestling companies. I have been fortunate for over 20 years to have worked on both sides of the camera with ALL the power players who drive today’s Sports Entertainment industry. This is why I am in a unique position to instruct on what you might need.”
For more information on the Team Taz Finishing Camp & to register, click HERE.

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