|Show: The Interactive
Interview courtesy of www.WrestlingEpicenter.com
Guest(s): Torrie Wilson & Dawn Marie
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley & James Walsh
We have a big show this week. But, this show isn't about promoting a big
pay-per-view or someone's new book... This is to promote something that I
feel is more real... More genuine... More worthy of promoting than perhaps
anything we've promoted in the past. This is to promote Wrestlers Rescue.
Wrestlers Rescue is a concept to help retired pro wrestlers get health care
coverage. It is designed to provide us fans with the ability to give back
to the people who gave their bodies for our entertainment. It is designed
to do something good, decent, and honest in a business that sometimes is
known for none of the above. It is a selfless and wonderful idea and one
I am proud to promote.
On to promote it? Torrie Wilson! The former WWE and WCW Diva comes on to
talk about her career and her involvement with the concept.
Then, the concept's creator comes on... Dawn Marie herself as we touch base
with her once again and really get emotional discussing how Wrestlers Rescue
Tune in! You'll be glad that you did!
- The interview beings with James pointing out that he
originally asked Torrie a question on WCW Live! years ago, but now shes
on our show for this special interview!
- She had back surgery a few months back, and is doing better now. Shes
not a 100% better year, but shes getting there. When asked if shed
ever return to wrestling, shes not interested in actual in ring wrestling,
but would be interested in doing something for special occasions.
- Torrie began as a fitness model and had no idea what she was getting into.
When she came to WCW, the trainers were very tough with her and the other
girls that came in. When she went to WWE, Vince asked her if she was interested
in wrestling and gave her the opportunity to train and improve and she came
to love it.
- Some wrestlers didnt like her when she came into WCW because she
didnt really know anything about wrestling and felt she was taking
up TV time, but in WWE, that was not really the case and feels like WWE was
more of a family.
- She liked working with David Flair because he was new to wrestling at the
time as well and was comfortable with him. Making the transition to working
with Shane Douglas was a good way for her to learn.
- She felt that throughout her career in both WCW & WWE that she would
be used for a while and then they wouldnt know what to do with her,
which meant shed be taken off for a few weeks before doing something
new. There were never any backstage problems that caused that.
- There was talk in 2005 that she would leave WWE, and she says that it was
because there were personal problems with her husband that needed to be
addressed. She learned from somebody that WWE was not happy with her decision
to do this and they considered letting her go, but that decision wasnt
- When asked about her feud with Sable, she enjoyed it and was honored that
a big star like Sable would work with her.
- She does not regret posing for Playboy, saying that she had fun doing it
and loved going to the Playboy Mansion. She jokingly says that My mother
might regret it, but I dont
- From what she could tell, the WCW backstage scene was pretty crazy. She
tried to stay out of it, but saw a lot of drama go on in the locker room.
- The angle with Dawn Marie and Torries father Al Wilson was Paul
Heymans idea. Paul gave her the idea over the phone while she was visiting
with her family, and she suggested using her real dad for the angle. She
says the net talked poorly about the angle and some of the wrestlers
werent happy that he was taking up air time, but she points out that
he had some of the highest rated segments. She also says she enjoyed the
angle and said her dad was funny in the role.
- When asked about the internet fans of wrestling, she says she tries to
avoid it because there is so much negativity and cant understand why
people who have never been in wrestling before can talk about it like they
are experts. Of the stories shes heard on the net, she says its about
half & half over whether they are true or not.
- Next was a joke question, Who was the better kisser Hulk Hogan & Dawn
Marie? She says Dawn because when she kissed Hogan he was all bloody and
it was gross. She had fun doing the angle with Dawn and is amazed that it
is still so well remembered (its all over Youtube and she says its
the 1st picture of her that pops up on Google)
- The interview then shifts over to Dawn Maries Wrestlers Rescue project
and how she got involved. Dawn called her up and asked if shed want
to get involved. Torrie says she respects Dawn greatly for setting this amazing
project up because its a great benefit to the wrestlers, and she was
honored to be asked to be a part of it. Torrie would also like to be a regular
at repeat events.
- The interview shifts towards a discussion about the Chris Benoit tragedy,
Torrie says that it is very hard to keep the physical appearance with the
schedule wrestlers work and that is what matters most, especially for the
women (If youre fat, youre not over) James then points
out more of the negativity from the net who say that Mickie James is fat.
Torrie is shocked by the comment, but says that its when people arent
talking about you is when you should worry.
- She doesnt watch much of the WWE. Towards the end, she kind of got
frustrated because she would pitch storylines and nothing would come of it,
and says its frustrating for all the girls. She also says its hard for her
to watch because she had to leave because of injury and she wasnt ready
to give it up.
- There was a little bit of talk of holding the new Divas Championship,
but nothing ever came of it. She says that she felt she had really worked
hard and improved in the ring, but some of her opponents would go out of
their way to make her look bad.
- When asked about Victoria and her recent role of Enhancement
Talent, Torrie says she was surprised when she watched Victoria the
last time, and she lost to one of the new girls. Torrie then says that Victoria
will do whatever is asked of her and will try to make anybody she is with
- Shes amazed at how much time has passed by since her first debut.
Time certainly flies by. She tells a story (that unfortunately got cut from
the audio) where a guy in his 20s told her that he grew up watching her!
- On the prospect of working with TNA, she says never say never
and that she likes Jeff Jarrett & Gail Kim had pitched a few ideas to
her about coming in (obviously before Gails recent departure) But for
right now, Torrie wants to focus on her clothing store in Texas, which is
going very well right now.
- This fun interview closes with word associations. Listen to the interview
for her opinions on Stacy, her dog Chloe, Tylene Buck, Raven, Billy Kidman,
Ric Flair, Stephanie McMahon, & Vince McMahon
- One last plug for Wrestlers Rescue officially ends the interview,
and James asks one more silly question about a possible repeat performance
with Dawn Marie.
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