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Nick Patrick Shoot Interview

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One of the most familiar men ever to don a striped shirt in pro wrestling is Nick Patrick. Some could argue that Patrick is the most decorated referee in WCW history. There aren't many refs that have refereed WrestleMania, Starrcade, and have been involved in some of the biggest angles of all time. Nick Patrick is one referee who has done all of the above.
 
Nick sat down for a rare shoot interview with RF Video. Nick goes into tremendous detail about growing up with one of wrestling's most legendary fathers. What famous masked man gave birth to Nick Patrick? Watch the RF Video Shoot Interview and get the scoop.
 
Nick gives us a great behind the scenes look at the chaotic years of WCW. Nick has been through several bookers, different owners, and worked with all of the legendary greats. Nick has some great stories about his run with the N.W.O. What was it like being a part of pro wrestling's most powerful faction at the time? Nick tells all about life in and out of the ring with the New World Order.
 
Nick also talks about his negotiations to come to the WWF in the 1990s with Brian James. What would Nick’s role have been? Why the jump? What was it like sitting across a negotiating table from Vince McMahon? Nick Patrick brings us inside the board room and talks about the angle that could have been.
 
Nick also talks about refereeing some of the biggest shows and matches in wrestling history. What is the real story behind the screwed up finish at Starrcade 97 and what were the ramifications? What was it like to work with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Ric Flair, Goldberg, and more? What are the differences between Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon?
 
Nick also talks about integrating into the WWE locker room from WCW. Nick talks about the different demands on WWE referees and his thoughts. Nick talks about the politics of the referee position in the WWE. Nick has some great stories about some of the biggest stars in the WWE.  Hear an interesting story about JBL, and working with Kane. Nick also talks about being tested by the various WWE talents coming from WCW.
 
This is a great shoot if you love gossip and classic stories. Nick also gets very emotional when talking about the Chris Benoit family tragedy. As someone who knew Chris and Nancy personally, Nick has a very personal take on the situation. What were his initial thoughts? What is it like to hear this story as a father in the wrestling business? Find out in the RF Video Shoot Interview.
 
It is with great honor that we present to you one of the most decorated referees in pro wrestling history. This interview feels like one long road trip with a ton of stories from a guy that has put more miles on his car than any other referee of the last two decades. Nick Patrick opens up and tells all and RF Video is proud to bring it all to you.
 

Can you talk about growing up in wrestling

How early were you exposed to the business

How close were you with your father growing up

How big was your father on kayfabe

Do you have any early road stories you can share

How young were you when you started going to shows

What do you remember about going into the locker room as a kid

When did you start training

Was your father helpful to you

What extent did your dad go to to keep the mask on

How did you get started

Memories of your first match

Did you think you would make it

Who were some of your mentors

Were promoters and guys harder or easier on you because of your father

Did you travel with your dad during your days as a worker

How did you get injured

If you sustained that injury today, could you continue in the ring

Whos idea was it to referee

Was learning to ref difficult

Some people think it is easy to ref, what are some of the harder aspects of the job

Memories of reffing your first match

Did you ever ref your father’s matches

Memories working for Ole Anderson in Georgia

Were you there when WWF took the timeslot

How did you get into Jim Crockett’s company

Memories of Jim

Memories of Tommy Young

Early memories of Ric Flair

Was there any competition or jealousy among refs

Were you required to do anything else other than ref with Crockett

Memories of when the sale went down to Turner

At what point did you consider your job secure

Some of your fav matches that you reffed during this time

Can you talk about the different bookers – Jim Herd, Ole, Dusty, Kip Frey, Bill Watts

What were the different demands of each guy on referees

Any good road stories from this time

Did you feel like one of the boys or was there a disconnect there

Was it hard to watch your father’s career wind down as yours took off

How supportive was he

Your dad has mixed reviews as a trainer, what are your thoughts

You and Brian Armstrong negotiated with Vince in the early 1990s, how did that come about

What would your role have been

How did Vince react to you as a referee potentially working as a character

Initial impressions of Vince

Why didn’t it work out

Did you and Brian have any heat over it

What was it like going back to WCW

Was there ever a time when you thought you may not get a job

How did you wind up getting back into WCW

How did things change when Bischoff took over

Did you ever get involved with booking

Some of the craziest things you have seen on the road

What was the party scene like

How did you wind up becoming the NWO referee

Thoughts on Nash and Hall

What was it like working so closely with Hogan

What happened in the Sting-Hogan Starrcade match which Bret debuted, was there a mistake

What were the politics like in WCW

Memories of your match with Chris Jericho

Did you ride to shows with the NWO

Thoughts on Vince Russo

Thoughts on Ric Flair

Thoughts on Arn Anderson

How did you hear about the sale of the WCW

Memories of the final show

Did you expect to be fired

How did you find out you’d be retained

Initial memories of meeting Vince again

What was the changeover like to the WWE

Did you have new duties such as ring crew

Was there any kind of politics played by WWE referees like Earl Hebner

Thoughts on Earl

Memories of wrestling Earl

Thoughts on Triple H

Thoughts on the Undertaker

Did you feel that you were ever tested early on by any of the guys or other refs

Were you ribbed at all

Was there a division of WCW and WWE guys when the crews integrated

How different is the WWE run from WCW

How much do you know about a match before you get in the ring

Did you ever have a problem where a guy felt he had a finish shot on him

Did you feel as if you had to relearn how to ref there

What was the office structure like

Thoughts on working with Stephanie McMahon

Memories of working with Paul Heyman

Memories on when Goldberg came in

Why do you think some WCW talent were successful while others failed

Memories of working with Steve Austin

Memories of working with the Rock in the Jericho-Rock finish

Can refs from the indys make a successful transition into the WWE

What is the most misunderstood part about being a WWE ref

How did you hear about your release

What were your initial thoughts

Did you have a backup plan

Have you thought about opening a school for refs or running camps

Did you enjoy doing smaller shows like Deep South

Thoutghts on Mickey Jay/Henson

Memories of angles with Teddy Long

Thoughts on Charles Robinson

Do you have any plans on writing a book

Any big regrets

Good WWE road stories

Could WCW have survived under different circumstances

Thoughts on Bischoff in WWE as a talent

Were you surprised

What are some of your fav matches you have reffed

Fav finishes you were involved in

Why do you think things didn’t work out with your dad training guys in the WWE

What was it like to see yourself in a video game

Advice for aspiring referees

Product Reviews

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Why did he even bother..?
VeNoM (Unknown) 4/16/2010 11:40 AM
Yet another shoot interview where the person being interviewed holds back on information. What's the deal with these guys? The shoot with Nick Patrick is just like the ones with Ken Shamrock, Tugboat and Ole Anderson; they all have selective memory when it comes to their former colleagues. Nick Patrick obviously thinks that the WWE will take him back once they see him kayfabing his guts out on this interview. He comes off as being a bit of a wise-ass, and even claims not to remember anything about the Sting-Hogan match at Starrcade 97. The biggest thing in your career and you won't comment on it? Please...
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WCW Senior Referee
ruiz_matthew (Unknown) 3/2/2009 7:43 PM
Nick Patrick comes across as well spoken, straightforward and down to earth. He's the son of wrestler Jody Hamilton and Nick talks about wanting to be a wrestler, but a knee injury derailed that possibility but he became a top referee in the sport! He spent most of his tenure in the NWA for Georgia Championship Wrestling, Jim Crocket Promotions and later WCW! Nick holds nothing back when he speaks about the politics of WCW and that no one knew who was in charge and that certain wrestlers had Eric Bischoff's ear! Nick talks about becoming the heel NWO referee and talks about all the top WCW stars such Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sting, Lex Luger, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and more! Nick talks about going to WWF and how diffrent it was from WCW and what it was like to work for Vince McMahon until his release. Nick talks about the injuries he suffered throughout his career. Overall, good interview.
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