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Honky Tonk Man Says Fans Were Disappointed He Lost to the Ultimate Warrior

Posted By James Walsh on 02/06/18


The Honky Tonk Man spoke with Wrestling Inc for a new interview discussing his run as a major heel in WWE, losing the IC Title to Ultimate Warrior and more. Video and highlights are below:

On making himself one of the most hated heels of his era: 的t痴 like, every kid out there that was eight years old when I said, 選知 walking down the streets, I知 the greatest of all time, I知 looking for a fight, nobody can beat me. Every eight-year-old kid out there that痴 thirty-eight now would say, 腺oy if he comes down my street I can kick his rear-end, I値l kick this guy痴 butt. So then when I go out and they wanted anybody to beat me, they didn稚 care who it was, they wouldn稚 have cared if it was the milk man that beat me, they just wanted somebody to beat me, just get the belt off this guy.

On losing to the Ultimate Warrior to end his title reign: 鉄o when I did lose, there was such an explosion in the building if you go back and listen. Then I lose to The Ultimate Warrior and then the people are like, 塑es! Yes, he lost! And then the second breath is, 腺ut not to that guy! We wanted him beat, but not to that guy. So you can稚 win.

On having control over how he would lose the title: 溺y time was up and I knew it. The one time I had creative control over everything, was that match. I put it all together, it was my idea, they let me do it that way. It was good for him, it was good for the company and people still hated me anyway.

On how he became one of the company痴 top heels: 釘eing the bad guy with my mannerisms and the way I would do stuff, I studied the good 礎ad guys in the business back then. I would watch and see Harley Race, how he would have a match with Jack Briscoe, or I would watch Terry Funk have a match with someone and see what they did and how they did it and how they made people mad. And then I would listen to interviews, those key words that guys would say Those things make people mad. So I was able to capture the audience that way.