Shoot with Lanny Poffo
Never before has someone taken us into the WWF during its prime and told so many stories about everyone of its top workers during its prime period of business. Lanny Poffo was one of the most outspoken guys we have ever sat down with.
Lanny took us on a journey like nobody else has ever before. He went over every aspect of his career in great detail and he did not leave any rock unturned. You will hear everything about his brother the "Macho Man" Randy Savage as well. The stories are amazing from beginning to end.
Lanny talks about working with all of the greats early on and how they all helped him when he got into the WWF. He goes through promotions from Memphis to Portland to Texas and others before landing his job in WWF.
His tenure in the WWF was a long one and he had so many amazing stories today. His heat with Ole Anderson is worth the shoot alone and how he took Ric Flair's back early on was talked about. It was also emotional as Lanny talks about the death of Elizabeth and how Randy treated her.
What was it like to work with all of the top names like Hulk Hogan, Terry Funk, Curt Henning and so many more? How he got his job in WCW and what is in the future for Lanny Poffo. This interview was 4 hours.
Here are some of the questions we asked Lanny Poffo:
-What was it like growing up in a wrestling family
-How close were you and your brother to the inside of the business as kids
-Did your dad kayfabe you
-At what point did you want to be a wrestler
-Traveling on the road with his dad and Randy
-Randy Savages baseball background
-WHo was a better worker and how they both got trained by their fathers
-Talks about thier first matches in the ring
-His first gimmick and how he created it
-Talked about going all over with his Dad and Randy before starting thier own promotion
-Why they never got along with anyone when they first ran
-Early memories of Roddy Piper in Portland Wrestling
-How Terry Funk put him over in TX and what he went thru in that promotion
-What was it like running opposition to Lawlers group
-Is it true that you and your brother used to carry a gun around
-Thoughts of Jimmy Crocketts NWA in the late 70's
-Lanny talks about his problems with Ole Anderson for over 20 minutes and this is one of the best parts of this interview as he defends Rick Flair against Ole Anderson
-Why there was so much heat between the two and what the fighting was really about
-When do you first remember meeting Elizabeth
-How did you find out that your Dad made a deal with Lawler and Jarrett
-Were you aprehensive about going into the Memphis locker room for the first time
-How did you and your family prevent any kind of a double cross
-Memories of first working with lawler
-Memories of your series with the RnR Express
-Do you see yourself as an innovator of table breaking with the famous pile driver spot
-How did you and your brother wind up in the WWF
-How Vince saw his brother for the first time drop the elbow from the top rope
-What his brother did to get him into the WWE
-Dr D David Shultz and 20-20
-How many of the boys told him in the wwe that he was only there because of Randy and how did he handle it
-What advice did your Dad give you before you went to NY
-Initial impressions of Vince McMahon
-How did you come about doing the moonsault?
-Early memories of Tiger Mask vs Dynamite Kid from MSG
-His thoughts on Chris Benoit
-Were you the first ever to do it in the US the moonsault
-Did you ever catch your foot on the turnbuckle doing the flip
-You worked mainly preliminaries early on in the WWF. Was that the role you had agreed too?
-At any point were there suggestions to acknowledge that you and your brother were related
-Stories about Randy locking Liz up in closets. Lanny gets really mad at this point about this subject
-Initial impressions of Hogan
-Who were your favorite traveling partners
-How hot was the Orndoff-Hogan feud
-Memories of Roddy Piper at this time
-Did anyone ever try to play you and your brother against each other
-How crazy was the WWF drug scene at this time
-Memories of your series with Honkytonk Man
-Memories of the Bulldogs
-Did Bruno Sammartino not fit in with the current lifestyle of the locker room when he came back
-Memories of Jake Roberts
-Were you disappointed you werent on Wrestlemania 3
-Did you become frustrated during your first 2-3 yrs working in preliminaries
-Do you think there was a lot of pressure on your brother when he had the belt
-Were the boys jealous of Beefcake and Hogans relationship
-Was Andre miserable towards the end of his run
-Great stories on Andre and drinking
-The fist fight between Dynamite Kid and the Mountie
-How did the whole idea of the Genius come about
-What were the long range plans for the Genius?
-Do you think Vince forgot about you for awhile when it came to ideas?
-Memories of your series with Koko B Ware
-How did you handle the fact your character was very ambigious?
-When Dusty came in with the polka dots did everyone laugh behind his back
-Memories/thoughts on the Ultimate Warrior
-Did the boys ever politic in favor of Hogan if only for better houses, better paydays?
-How did you wind up with Curt Hennig?
-Were you told that your wrestling role would phase out?
-How did you get along with Curt?
-Did you enjoy working with Hulk?
-Was there any bitterness between you and your brother since now you were working with Hogan and he was under with Duggan?
-Did yuou see the potential in Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart?
-Did you fear for your spot when Curt got hurt?
-How did Ric Flair fit in?
-At any point did you plan for a post wrestling career
-How were you told that you were being let go by Vince
-How did you wind up in WCW
-How long were you under contract with WCW
-How many times did you wrestle during that time
-A lot of the boys point to your kind of contract as what was wrong with WCW, how do you respond?
-How do you explain the relationship between your brother and Hogan
-What do you remember about the fighting between Randy and Hawk
-Do you think your brother is finished?
-Why do you think Vince hasnt brought back your brother?
-Were you surprised Vince bought WCW
-Do you watch the current product?
-Do you think you were a pioneer to high flying in the USA
-Do you miss actively wrestling
-Thoughts on the death of Elizabeth as this gets super emotional
-Good road stories
-Least favorite opponent
-Do you think Jerry Lawler had always been honest with your family about business
-Talks about his books
-He reads many poems
-Death of Owen Hart
-Thoughts on Ric Flair's book
-Lanny also talks about his future and so much more!!!
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