Guest: TNA's "War Machine" Rhino
Your Hosts: James Walsh, Brendon Brooks, & Ben Benya
Recap By: James Walsh
A few weeks back, just before the big ECW One Night Stand pay per view, Rhino
stayed up past his bed time to join the Wrestling Epicenter radio program
live on air. A very ill James Walsh crawled into the studio with just enough
medicine and Vault to prepare him for the air joined by Brendon Brooks and
we got the skinny on Rhino and TNA.
Now that I've been nursed back to health, I had a chance to sit down and
write this transcript. We hope you enjoy and remember to check out our web
site for great new interviews with April Hunter, Zach Gowen, JD Michaels,
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-- Rhino joins the show. Right off the bat, we ask the question that was
on everyone's mind. "What's the deal with TNA and are you staying?" Rhino
says, "Time will tell." Of course time has told us he has stayed. But, he
gives his reasons to us before he even signed.
-- Rhino saw his contract was expiring and he was contacted and talking to
people from both sides. When it came to the ECW project, Rhino immediately
asked, "Is there going to be a dress code?" When they said there was, he
knew instantly that this was not going to really be ECW. He jokes saying
ECW isn't ECW without the Sandman in a T shirt and a snot rag hanging out
of his back pocket.
-- ECW had a renegade spirit. And, so does TNA. Rhino agrees that the two
were very much alike. He says coming to work for TNA is a pleasure and he
enjoys getting out in front of that Orlando crowd.
-- Comparing the WWE to TNA, Rhino says TNA gives the wrestlers the opportunity
to go out to the ring and have the best matches they can regardless where
they are placed on the card and the WWE doesn't really allow that. Rhino
also goes back to the dress code saying you can be yourself and dress how
you want to dress in TNA whereas the WWE has you playing dress up even when
you're not on camera.
-- Regarding his WWE release, Rhino says, "I was going through a divorce.
That was a tough time for me. Plus, WWE... They weren't really using me.
I mean, you go to work and you give it everything you've got. You leave your
family and they don't use you to your potential. It was just very frustrating
for me," says Rhino. That and a verbal fight with his now ex-wife over his
3-year-old daughter and if they'd stay in the United States or go to his
wife's country of Germany all lead to him throwing a tantrum and throwing
a potted tree down in a hotel lobby. Vince said, "If it were another place
and another time, things would be different." But, he was made an example
of and was fired.
-- "It may have been the best thing that happened to me," says Rhino. He
is so pleased to work in TNA where he feels he is being used to his potential.
-- "It was an honor," says Rhino concerning capturing the NWA Heavyweight
title. He added, "I just wish it would have lasted longer!" When asked, he
says his goal is to get that belt again and have a long run with it.
-- Holding a belt to Rhino is a trophy. He views it as an award given to
you for your hard work.
-- Rhino was the last ECW champion. He doesn't understand why that wasn't
used last year at One Night Stand.
-- Rhino thinks the title "One Night Stand" for second show is stupid. James
throws out the title, "Sloppy Seconds." Rhino laughs and says he's going
to steal that from him.
-- Rhino is happy for TNA seeing that they have lasted for so long. He was
looking forward to his match with Bobby Roode at the TNA Slammaversary pay
per view which aired on June 18.
-- Rhino is very serious about what he does for a living. He views it as
a serious job and wants to be taken seriously for working hard. In that same
sentence, Rhino tells us that we kept him up 2 hours past his bed time. Between
Rhino being up late and James trying not to vomit during the show, it lead
to quite a strange energy!
-- We then do a few word associations with Rhino including:
Jasmin St. Claire: Rhino tells a story about when he gored her as hard as
he could... Yes he DOES mean the wrestling move you perverts! Paul Heyman
told him to gore her as hard as he could and he did it. He was afraid he'd
kill her but credits her for being tough enough to take it.
Paul Heyman: "Mad scientist of pro wrestling."
And among others, finally,
Jeff Jarrett: "A piece of shit."
I sure hope that was kayfabed!
You can hear this entire Rhino interview including parts not included in
this transcript at www.WrestlingEpicenter.com.
We at the Wrestling Epicenter encourage all of our listeners to watch TNA
iMPACT! every Thursday night at 11 pm, 10 central, on Spike TV. If you're
tired of seeing stale RAWs, McECW, and the black hole of nothingness that
is SmackDown, give TNA a try. Talented young wrestlers, veterans with the
right attitude that can still go, and even knock outs like Christy Hemme...
Try it, you'll like it!
And don't forget to catch us next Wednesday night at 10 pm Eastern time on
www.WrestlingEpicenter.com as we welcome legendary performer "The Missing
Link" Dewey Robertson to the air to discuss his battle with drug addiction.
It should be great! And remember, watch out for flying chairs!
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