The Interactive Interview
Guest: David Young
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley, James Walsh, & Nick Noel
David Young was a big time player in the early days of TNA. But, he just
never seemed to take off. Now, for the first time I remember, hear what happened
with David Young's TNA run including all the backstage politics that are
involved in TNA and hysterical road stories! Plus, find out how you might
be seeing more of David Young in the ring than you thought as you play the
new Legends of WrestleMania video game.
Plus, our Destination X recap and our discussing our current feelings on
the stories leading in to WrestleMania 25!
- David Young calls into the live show and he says that right now he's been
busy. He's working with THQ doing motion capture work for the Raw vs. Smackdown
game & Legends of Wrestlemania game. He says most of it is him, and he
says that when you see Arn Anderson do the Spinebuster in the game, that
it is definitely him.
- When talking about his own Spinebuster, he says that he developed it while
working with Air Paris on the Indy scene. He says that he did it as a way
to hurt him and it just kept getting better and better.
- He says that there were a lot of politics in TNA. He had alot of fun in
TNA and made alot of friends, but recalls specific examples of how politics
getting involved. He recalls one example where he was told that both he &
Skipper would be pinned by Shark Boy at the same time. When Young said that
he didn't like having Shark Boy pin both of them, Young was told that part
of it was because Skipper kept asking for a raise and got under people's
skin. He says that he constantly got in trouble for things that other people
did. He also recalls Disco Inferno no showing a PPV and that resulted in
him, Johnny Swinger, & Simon Diamond all getting in trouble.
- Right now he's getting plenty of work and specifically puts over SAW. He
says Bull Buchanan, The Naturals, & Kid Kash also work there right now
and says the promotion has some great promise. He puts over Bull as one of
his best friends and recalls working with a match with Bull when Bull was
very new to the business. The night before, Bull had taken too much for a
big guy and they wanted him to be more of a monster, and when he wrestled
David Young, he went crazy and beat him up pretty good.
- He thought he could be marketable as a bigger guy that could do some more
X Division moves, but nobody would back him up. He then says Samoa Joe came
into TNA and was pushed basically the same way. He puts Joe over as one of
the best wrestlers and is one of his best friends. In one of the funniest
stories in the history of TII, he recalls a game that he would play with
Joe called "Hockey Punching" The rules were they would punch each other as
hard as they can when the other guy least expects it which involves a hilarious
incident in the hotel room that was video taped by Christopher Daniels. He
says that the game ended really badly though as David Young wrestled Joe
on Xplosion and he hid on the ramp and he hit Joe as he was making his entrance.
Joe became seriously injured and had to leave in an ambulance after the match,
but Joe got him back in the match and roughed him up. David felt so bad that
he almost considered quitting.
- When talking about his Losing Streak angle, he says he loved it. For some
reason, Jeff Jarrett was never very high on him and was only signed because
of Jarrett's father (he worked with AJ in his tryout match and they both
got signed) He says that he also got along with Dutch Mantel, and David pitched
the idea of a losing streak and they all loved it. It also opened the chance
for him to work with the Insane Clown Posse and it got him press. He also
came up with the idea of being afraid of clowns. He says that he liked the
ICP fans that came into the company, but management did not.
- He says that wrestlers like working with the celebrities because the spotlight
gets put on them and they have a chance to elevate their status.
- David has not worked with ICP's wrestling federation and is actually a
little surprised that he's never been called in, but he really liked working
- The conversation shifts towards the Basebrawl from Turning Point 2005.
He says he was watching the match a few days ago and saw Elix Skipper fall
on his head while trying to do a spot and he thought "That's why I don't
have a job anymore" He loved doing the match, and wished they had done more
with it. He says that originally the plan was to have TNA put on a mini-show
after Baseball games, but Dixie Carter didn't like the idea. They then got
underpushed for the rest of their run in TNA.
- In TNA he got paid per appearance and got left off the show for weeks at
a time. He was making enough money with Herme Sadler's promotion, but felt
that it would be nice if TNA would use him. Eventually TNA informed him that
he couldn't work Sadler's promotion, so he asked for his release and it was
- Skipper got released as well, but TNA brought him back to rebuild Triple
X, but Skipper had an IV in his arm throughout the Ultimate X match at Bound
for Glory and Young says he is a very tough guy. When talking about some
of Elix Skipper's crazy stunts, and even Skipper thought that things like
the Cagewalk were really stupid. However, Young was more shocked that Harris
was willing to take the Hurricanrana off the cage because he was always trying
to protect himself. He was surprised that Harris didn't succeed in the WWE
because he seemed like he'd be the star and he expected more from him once
AMW split up.
- This is actually David Young's 20th year in the business.
- When speaking on the passing of Test, he says that he only met him once
backstage at a TNA show, and knew he was in good shape, but never knew him
that well. He says that it was sad that he passed away so young, and this
also leads into a discussion about the Media's coverage of wrestling during
the Chris Benoit Tragedy. He says that the media can be like vultures trying
to find anything wrong with wrestling. He was always a huge fan of Chris
Benoit and had met him a few times. It really hurt him when he heard what
happened. He doesn't know or condone what happened, but he knows that wrestling
suffered in a lot of ways with his passing.
- He'd like to work for WWE, but its not something he's too excited about
because with the bad economy, WWE is making alot of releases and he is more
interested in working for Japan. He says he would really like to work for
NOAH. He also loves ROH and says that a 3 Way he had with AJ Styles &
Adam Jacobs was one the best matches of his career, even though he busted
AJ open the hard way.
- When asked about how guys react when they get split open or busted open
the hard way, most guys don't get upset about it as its something that usually
comes with the job.
Bobcat: "I love her, she's awesome"
Simon Diamond: "One of the smartest men in pro wrestling & its a crime
that he doesn't have a job"
Johnny Swinger: "Love him...We work alot of Indys together...he's a work
AJ Styles: "One of my best friends in the world" = We also get a funny story
from James about a phone call he got from AJ once.
Mike Posey: "He's a good guy....I honestly don't know why they (WWE) would
let him go"
Air Paris: "I have known him since he was 14 years old...he worked his way
up....now he's one of my best friends"
Abyss: "Great guy...probably the best big man in the business"
Glen Gilberti: "Love him...I always had fun with Glen....it was always funny"
Raven: "No inbetweens...I either walk away so pissed off I want to kill him
or so depressed I want to kill myself"
Dixie Carter: "Very nice lady...a very fair person to wrok with"
Jeff Jarrett: "Never liked me...always awkward...as a wrestler I think he's
great...he is key to TNA getting as far as it has"
- He also says that Air Paris is one of the funniest men he's ever known,
but that personality never came out on screen. He also says that the same
problem occured with Brad Armstrong who was said to be hilarious backstage
but it never came across on the air.
- He tells a funny story about a 3 Way Tag match he had against The Naturals
& The New Age Outlaws/James Gang/VKM. During the match, Billy Gunn/Kip
James did BG's usually moves including the dancing knee drop and BG went
nuts and said "I have two moves and you just did them both!" And David says
it was one of the funniest things he's ever seen in the ring.
- When comparing the Nashville Asylum Crowd to the Orlando Impact Zone crowd,
he says that Orlando was much more personal and it was easier to get to know
them. He doesn't watch the current TNA product because he doesn't think its
as good as it once was. When voicing concerns about the product, he says
his son doesnt' watch it either.
- He then talks about an angle they did where he would get out of shape and
then months later he'd get back into the shape and do a "Before & After"
thing. Dusty took over the book and he recalls a match where he defeated
Shark Boy (who he jokes has been kind of the bane of his career, which Shark
Boy also mentions to him in jest) with the help of The Naturals & Chris
Candido. When he showed up to the PPV, & Dusty had no plans for him.
He also said that he was not interested in pushing him and brings up Phi
Delta Slam (who were Dusty's hunting buddies) David went up to Terry Taylor
& quit, but Terry begged him to stay and said things were changing. At
the next TV taping, Dusty was let go and The Diamonds in the Rough were formed.
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