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Norman Smiley sat down with RF Video to deliver this entertaining and informative shoot interview. Smiley discusses it all from his comedy gimmick in WCW, what things were like behind the scenes there and being a top star in Mexico. This one is especially good for you lucha libre fans. Here is what Smiley discussed:
-Background before going into wrestling. -Training with Boris Malenko. -Early experiences in Japan. -Working the Florida territory. -Memories of Paul Heyman and Kevin Sullivan in Florida. -Smiley talks about his Black Magic gimmick. -Going into EMLL. -Key to success as EMLL champion. -The entire lucha libre scene. -His matches vs. Vampiro. -Traveling in Mexico. -Wrestling for ECW. -Why didnt he go back to ECW? -Working Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko in ECW. -Going to WCW. -First impressions of Eric Bischoff, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan. -How did the locker room treat him? -The development of his character. -Could you get over in WCW without a gimmick? -Smiley compares the WCW locker room to other places he worked. -Was there a glass ceiling in WCW? -Norman talks about the drug and alcohol scene in WCW. br>-Traveling in WCW. -Who were his favorite and least favorite guys to work? -What was it like when Bret Hart came in? -Smiley talks about racism in WCW. -When did Eric Bischoff lose control? -His program with Chavo Guerrero Jr. -Smiley goes into detail on his gimmick of doing hardcore matches and screaming. -Working Brian Knobbs. -The changes when Vince Russo came in. -What did he think of working with Ralphus? -Working Terry Funk, Ernest Miller, Goldberg, Meng, Lex Luger and Three Count. -Smiley goes into detail on all the political problems and wars in WCW. -Working the final Nitro. -The downfall of WCW. -Why didnt he go to WWE? -Thoughts on Jeremy Borash and Andrew McManus. -Working XWF. -Ribs and rats. -What does he think of the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against WCW? -His future.