|Show: The Interactive Interview
courtesy of www.WrestlingEpicenter.com
Guest: WWE Hall of Famer "El Matidor" Tito Santana
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley, James Walsh, & Nick "Griffin" Noel
"El Matidor" Tito Santana is a novelty in professional wrestling. In an age
where even the man who won Father of the Year a few years back is being raked
against the coals for his family, Tito Santana is one of the few wrestlers
who truly was and remains a family man who retired and meant it. For that,
I have an incredible amount of admiration for Tito Santana. That is without
even mentioning the fact that he was among if not indeed the finest performer
of his era in terms of in ring action.
Now, for the second time, Tito Santana gets Interactive on the Interactive
Interview in an interview we are so honored and proud to bring to you. It
is to promote his sensational new book called "Tales from the Ring" which
is now available in bookstores nation wide and in the Epicenter store at
Don't miss out on this interview! You'll be glad you tuned in!
- Tito is welcomed to the show and it begins with him plugging his book
Tales from the Ring It was originally going to be called Tales
from the WWF, but Tito was told that there might be a problem with
the World Wildlife Fund, so the name was changed. He said that all the pictures
in the book came from the WWE and he has a good relationship with them.
- He loves working the Indy scene. He is appreciative of the fans that still
cheer for him, and hes been told by the promoters that he is the hardest
working legend. As far as being in shape, Tito says he can do just about
everything he used to and will continue as long as the fans love seeing him.
- He feels that a lot of the young wrestlers do not understand timing or
having an ear for the crowd, which is where a lot of the problems today come
in. Tito learned those kind of things by working with experienced wrestlers
night after night. He agrees with Hulk Hogans comment that wrestlers
today learn the moves, but not what they mean and says that he respects
- There was a possibility that Tito might have won the World Title in the
early 90s when Hogan left in order to appeal to Southern American markets,
but that didnt work out, and they opted to go with Bret Hart.
- He worked with Shawn Michaels when he first got the singles push. According
to Tito, Shawn had a lot of charisma and was a very good worker already.
The only problem with Shawn was his attitude, but Tito has a lot of respect
for him, and feels he is one of the best today.
- Tito is not interested in working matches for the WWE. He doesnt
have the time since hes a school teacher and he does not want to go
back on the road. Hes been asked a few times, but hes turned
them down, and Vince respects his decisions.
- He talks about his experience as a school teacher and how his book is a
way to reach younger kids, and he talks about how a football coach from his
youth helped him to become what he is today.
- In his early wrestling days, he wrestled under the name Richard
Blood and he was told to use wrestling as a stepping stone and to save
your money, and Tito did that, and has never been in a position where he
might have to go back to WWE just to support his family.
- He has never read another wrestling book, but has heard some of the negative
comments made in them. His inspiration for writing his book was simply because
he had a story that he wanted to tell and some experiences that he wanted
- So far the responses have been positive. Wrestlers, his fellow teachers,
and fans alike have all praised the book.
- When asked about Jesse Ventura calling him chico and Bobby
Heenans comments, he said that he never took it as racist, but it was
just them trying to get over as heels on commentary. He said that he was
great friends with both of them, but interestingly, some of the fans used
to call him chico as he was coming out of the building.
- To him, it feels great knowing that the fans still remember him and how
fans today compare him and the wrestlers he worked with the wrestlers of
- James then tells Tito the story of how he was at the Grand Opening of
Titos family Hair Salon and Tito says that it is still going well today
as its going on 11 years. He says that it was a good start after leaving
the WWE because it was something he was worried about. James then caps off
the story saying that he still has the picture of him and Tito at the grand
opening of the hair salon.
- When asked about the coverage of the Chris Benoit situation, Tito says
that steroids & drugs have been a problem in wrestling for a while. Tito
says that he never got involved with steroids, but the guys back in the day
led the party life and that kind of stuff was going on. He doesnt blame
Vince for it at all, and feels it unfortunate to see all the guys from his
era that passed away.
- The interview ends with Tito thanking the fnas giving us a nice "Arriba!"
to sign off.
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