Shoot with Magnum TA (2009)


What is it like to have the world at your feet and have it taken away from you on one fateful night? One of pro wrestling’s greatest tragedies is the story of Magnum TA. You have heard many of Magnum’s peers talk about it in past RF Video Shoot Interview. Now it is time to hear the story from the man himself. It is with great honor that RF Video presents the Magnum TA Shoot Interview. One of the most talked about topics in our shoot interview series is the Magnum TA crash. Grown men have cried on camera when recollecting the story about Magnum TA. Now it is time to hear from the one man that has lived that tragedy. Magnum TA opens up about his car wreck and the aftermath like never before. Before this crash, Magnum was on pace to rival Hulk Hogan in wrestling. Magnum talks about his rise in the business. Magnum starts from the beginning and tells a story about being ripped off by Buzz Sawyer. How did it impact Magnum later in wrestling? What did he learn from it? Does he forgive Buzz? Magnum talks in great detail about his rise throughout the territories. Magnum talks about working his way up from Florida to Bill Watts’ Mid South to Jim Crockett Promotions. Who helped him along the way? What promoters did he like working for more than others? What was Bill Watts’ reaction Magnum when he jumped to Jim Crockett Promotions? Magnum has a ton of great stories about his journey to th e top. Magnum talks in great length about his short but legendary run in the Carolinas. What was truly the plan for him and the NWA title? Did he like working with Ric Flair? Did he see Dusty Rhodes as a mentor or competition? Magnum also goes into his many great feuds including the legendary Best of Seven series with Nikita Koloff and the I-Quit Match with Tully Blanchard. Magnum has a ton of war stories in this interview. Magnum talks about the aftermath of his car accident. Does he think he would have ended up in the WWE if it didn’t happen? How hard was it mentally on him to never wrestle again? Magnum talks about the emotional walk at the Crockett Cup and the reaction from the boys. Magnum also talks about his days as a commentator and working with Jim Ross. Did Magnum ever think of attempting a comeback? Magnum is candid here in talking about the frustrations of calling wrestling and not being able to wrestle. This is truly one of the most intense yet fascinating RF Video Shoot Interviews in the history of our company. This is a rare opportunity when one of the most talked about topics is discussed by the subject himself. In addition to the accident, Magnum fans will love the stories about Magnum’s matches with the Horsemen, Ernie Ladd, Mr. Wrestling II, Ric Flair, and more. Fans of the Jim Crockett era and of Magnum himself will be riveted from the first minute of this interview. Magnum opens up on camera like never before and you will hear stories for the first time ever by the former US champion. It is truly with great honor and pleasure that RF Video presents to you the Magnum TA Shoot Interview. How did you get started in wrestling Were you a fan before you got into the business What happened when you were tried out by the Andersons Do you agree with those methods of breaking guys into the business Do you think Ole was a bully Jake Roberts said in an interview that Buzz and Brett Sawyer were screwing you over left and right as a rookie. Do you agree? How did you wind up in Portland Thoughts on Don Owens Did you wind up in any shoot matches there courtesy of his brother Memories wrestling Buzz in Portland What was the hardest thing to pick up about the business or wrestling How did you wind up in Florida What did Buzz promise you Initial thoughts of the territory Initial thoughts on Dusty Rhodes Could you tell that he liked you right away Memories of matches with John Studd Memories of Eddie Graham Good road stories Memories of Kevin Sullivan Memories of seeing/meeting Ric Flair for the first time How did you wind up in Southwest Memories of Joe Blanchard Initial memories of Tully Blanchard Memories of matches with Nick Bockwinkel Who was the first promoter to see potential in you Memories of Gino Hernandez Good road stories Memories of Manny Fernandez from this time You came back to Florida for a bigger role, how did that happen Memories teaming with Scott Magee Memories teaming with Dusty in the middle of the Midnight Rider gimmick Did you get the sense here that you were being groomed for big things How did you wind up in Mid South Initial thoughts on Bill Watts Was he a bit of a bully Did you get the sense that he liked you right away How did the Road Warriors influence you early on Memories training with Ray Hernandez Memories of matches with the Midnight Express How close were you to leaving the area before this feud Memories of your feud with Mr. Wrestling II Did you learn a lot from him Would you call this a turning point for you Who did you travel with in this area Memories of matches with Butch Reed Memories of Junkyard Dog Memories of Dick Murdoch Memories of matches with Ernie Ladd Barry Windham recently said that Ernie was hard to work with and didn’t like putting over young talent. Did you feel that way? Memories teaming with Jim Duggan Memories of Steve Williams Memories of matches with Jim Neidhart Memories of your first match with the Road Warriors (I think Superdome with Mr. Wrestling II) Memories of your feud with Ted Dibiase How did you wind up working for Crockett How did Watts react to you leaving Did you know right away you were going to be a top guy Memories of your first matches with Ric Flair Memories of matches with Wahoo McDaniel Memories of matches with Kamala How did you get the Magnum TA gimmick What was the party scene like in this area Did you feel you and Flair getting better together the more you wrestled Memories of matches with Nikita Koloff Did you like the feud Did you like the best of seven idea Thoughts on the Goldberg comparisons Was he hard to work with since he was still kind of green When did you feel that the territory started taking off Memories of your feud with Tully Blanchard Did you ever feel that with Dusty booking and wrestling that you would never be the top babyface Is it true that Jim Crockett tried being one of the boys Did you and Tully know going into Starrcade how good of a match you would have Are you surprised that to this day it is one of the most talked about matches in wrestling history What made it so special When is the last time you watched the match Do you ever watch back your old matches How did the territory change when the Rock and Roll Express came in Who came up with the belly to belly finisher Was it a tight locker room back then What was Flair like back during this time What did you think when the magazines started comparing you to Hogan Memories of your match with the Road Warriors at the Crockett Cup Memories of matches with Jimmy Garvin At what point were you aware that you were being groomed for the NWA title When were you supposed to get it Would the travel to other territories have been something you liked Memories of matches with the Horsemen Barry Windham also in his shoot said he felt that Flair really had a hard time giving up the title to guys like you, him, and Dibiase who were groomed. Do you agree? What happened the night of the crash When did you wake up Did you know what had happened Who was at the hospital with you Was Dusty supportive Did you initially think you’d wrestle again How difficult was it mentally to come to terms with not wrestling again Did you ever attempt to try and come back over the years Hypothetically if you continued wrestling, do you think you would have went to the WWE at some point or been a WCW/NWA guy for life Was there any kind of a coverup from the police with the crash Did you pay your hospital expenses out of pocket Describe the Crockett Cup 87 Was it a good thing or did it make it more difficult being around the business Where do you think Crockett went wrong and wound up bankrupting himself How did you get into announcing Did you like it Memories working with Jim Ross How did things change when Ted Turner bought the company What did you think when you saw Dusty in polka dots on WWE television How did you wind up working with Dusty in booking Was booking harder than you thought How did your cellular business come about Do you watch wrestling today Thoughts on the growth of the business Does it bother you that WCW was run into the ground Do you think Vince has been fair to your history since buying the tapes Would you like to be inducted into his Hall of Fame How did it go when you made an appearance for the WWE at Vengeance Are you surprised they brought the U.S. title back Does it surprise you that Flair was still wrestling up until last year Any good Flair stories Any good Dusty stories Billy Jack Haynes talked about everyone being stiffed from Crockett on their Starrcade 85 payoffs. Is that true? Did you ever refuse to put anyone over Best guy you ever worked with Worst guy for whatever reason you ever worked with How did you develop your promos Are you still in pain Are you surprised at the affection the fans still have for you today Thoughts on all of the successful second generation wrestlers in the WWE You married Tully Blanchard’s ex wife. How did Tully take it Any plans to write a book

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