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"FATHER JAMES MITCHELL INTERVIEW ONLINE

Ever wanted to know what an evil, psychotic, sadistic man does during his 6 days off? Karaoke!

That's right, as one of the many stories 'Father' Jim Mitchell tells in this hour'ish long interview. This is entertainment of the most CANDID order!

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"FATHER" JAMES MITCHELL

-- Mitchell says he has, over the years, compacted the answer to how he got into the wrestling business into that he lied, swindled and cheated his way into it - "It was a long ugly trail, literally working for guys where you're wrestling under a tent or under a tree somewhere".

-- When he's not working in wrestling, he sings to audiences 6 days a week. That's why he very rarely does indy shows, as not many people can pay him enough to cover him cancelling one of his singing shows. Since he's always in gimmick, when he gets on the stage looking like the devil and starts singing, there are always little old ladies in the front row who get scared, but they warm to him in the end.

-- The storyline of his career was South Atlantic Pro Wrestling to start, Smoky Mountain with Jim Cornette, WCW, ECW, and now NWA:TNA.

-- Since before he got into the business Mitchell's act was singing and taking a lot of his act from wrestling, Father James then speaks about his musical influences as a child. From the soulful stuff, to the stuff that he used to make fun of when his parents listened to it!

-- He had a want to be a wrestler, but realised that he was never in the right physical shape to be one. So he became a manager.

-- He came in as Daryl Van Horn in Smoky Mountain, and loved working there. Jim Cornette let him say or do anything he wanted to - however, if he could do a seminar on how to cut a good promo, he'd show that early footage as a way of showing people how NOT to cut a promo. While he knows he was very entertaining, it didn't have a thing to do with wrestling. But, he was working as the manager of a Mummy (who was apparently a very nice guy), and in Cornette's words; "get yourself over, the mummy sucks".

-- Father James met Chris Kanyon through the Wrestling Observer newsletter, where Kanyon was running an ad. Whilst Mitchell could clearly see that Kanyon had a load of potential, he couldn't do the basic things very well - Mitchell even had to teach him how to lock up properly!

So Mitchell sent Chris to The Fabulous Moolah's wrestling school, and then onto Smoky Mountain. When Kanyon got his break in WCW as Mortis as a part of the whole 'Blood Runs Cold' angle, WCW needed a mouthpiece for the heels.

-- Whilst the company had ideas such as Oliver Humperdinck amongst others, Mitchell presumes that everybody else who was contacted rejected them as it was a stupid idea, but "as is the story of his career" Mitchell accepted it. One day Mitchell went over to DDP's house and cut a promo, which Page then showed to Bischoff. 30 minutes later, Bischoff hired him and therefore he can credit his joining WCW to Kanyon, DDP and Bischoff.

-- The day Mitchell went to meet Bischoff, Eric said to him that the angle was pretty much dead in the water, so don't do anything stupid like buy a house etc. He was signed initially for 2 years, and was on television for around 11 months. He then sat around doing nothing, and his contract rolled over into year 3 where he was paid again for doing nothing.

-- It is Father James' opinion that nobody in the angle was over enough to be in an angle which WCW invested so much money in. "Nobody in that spot could've carried the ball… it was a dead angle".

-- Talk then turns to the Oddatorium segments that Mitchell ran. He tried to carve out his own niche as a Piper's Pit style segment on the Saturday Night show, as "it was all Thunder, and Nitro, and f**k everybody else". After only doing a few, Bischoff said that nobody wanted to see talking heads - which Mitchell found fascinating since he would spend 12 minutes talking at the beginning of every show.

-- Father James had put 'all of his eggs in one basket', in the Wrestling business and "as much as a high as it was to get hired, it was twice as bad to get fired". He gives the analogy that you cant go to a car dealership or somewhere and say you've been on tv doing wrestling, cause they'd just look at you as if you'd been doing porno. So a few months Raven got in touch with him about ECW and that's how that started.

-- When comparing WCW and ECW, he feels that ECW was a hell of a lot more like a family atmosphere, and ECW was where he had the most fun in his career.

-- Upon being hired in ECW, Mitchell thought he'd continue doing the devil gimmick, the character he has now in NWA:TNA. He was paired with Mikey Whipwreck (who he'd never seen before, and only knew that he was physically about his size), the underdog, and ended up doing slap-stick humor instead of the devil type thing he wanted.

-- The incident with the contraption Mitchell used to shoot fireballs occurred when he dis-regarded the guidance to not have batteries in it when loading it. It blew up in his hand, and took off a part of his finger, as well as making his hand look like he'd grabbed hold of a running chainsaw - "ruining" his life.

He was given drugs to take away the pain were great, they did the job. However, they made him stupid. He'd be driving home and drive 75 miles past the house and end up in Tampa. He used to have dreams about things exploding, and was told on the way to the hospital with the injury that if he didn't calm down, he would die. Mitchell's thoughts were that he was cool as a cucumber, but he was in shock and everybody was telling him he needed to calm down urgently.

Not only that, but when it exploded, shrapnel fragmented into his abdominal area. Mitchell describes it basically as like being a mini-pipe bomb exploding in his hands.

-- The list of injuries he read out during the Mike Tenay sit down interview on TNA that came from the incident were all true.

-- When he returned to work in ECW, the end was coming. He knows that Paul Heyman is full of sh*t, but Mitchell says he's a clever guy so he knew when Heyman was full of sh*t. It was such a family atmosphere in the locker room that a lot of people were in denial, but they really knew it was coming.

-- There were talks about going to WWE once ECW folded, between both the company and he directly, and between Heyman and Mitchell, but nothing ever took shape. He was unemployed for around 10 months inbetween, and never really had any thoughts of returning to wrestling until NWA:TNA called cause he quite enjoyed just laying around and getting drunk.

-- His thoughts on early TNA are that originally he feels that TNA were just throwing things against the wall and just seeing what stuck. He wasn't overly happy with how he was being used up until the whole Raven angle.

-- The reason Malice never worked consistently for TNA was due to his dates in Japan.

-- This interview was conducted a couple of days before Jerry Tuite (Malice aka The Wall)'s death, and James then goes on to mention how he hopes to see Jerry back in TNA. Unfortunately that is no longer possible. We send our condolences to Jerry's friends and family.

-- Not only was Malice sporadic in his appearances, but Mitchell himself was too. He has no idea why this was, other than his own reasoning that they just wanted to "switch sh*t up" a lot.

-- If he had to make a highlight tape of his career, his final match with Raven would be on it. And if he only had 10 minutes of highlights to show somebody, he'd give 6 minutes to that. Not only was it probably his favourite angle of his career, it was also a huge favourite as a feud ender.

-- Going into the match with Raven, he wasn't scared to do the match itself, he was simply scared that he would 'blow up' (get extensively tired) during the match and fall down with cramps or something. He always thought that all of the matches where valets or managers (ex. Eric Bischoff) got involved sucked, and he didn't want his match to suck.

-- He really enjoyed the way he bled during the match with Raven. He's watched it back over and over again since and really loves it.

-- After the match he was pretty beat up. He legitimately had to take 3-4 weeks off of TNA to heal the injuries he really suffered from the match, but now he has done so, he sees himself returning to TNA in mid to late January.

-- Sinn replaced Brian Lee literally through complete and utter good timing. Brian Lee "had to go" in Mitchell's terms, and one event when Brian wasn't there, Sinn was - literally, standing in the corner whilst they were looking for him. So it was a case of "guess what, you're in the church".

-- Father James then goes into extremely graphic detail about shaving Raven's head. The clippers that were used to shave his head were not "beard clippers", they were heavy duty things to sheer sheep. Whilst doing it, he didn't realise, but he had the sheers the wrong way around. Due to this, he was literally peeling Raven's scalp off.

When he reviewed the tape back he literally felt sick - while he was doing it, it didn't look so bad.

One of the last things you see on the broadcast is a little lump of flesh falling off of Raven's head, and just as he was watching that at home, his wife brought him in some lasagne and Father James was just about ready to throw up.

-- When he got backstage, the "infamous backstage incident" took place. When Raven came back through the curtain, Mitchell was ready to take a beating. Raven came over to him and started cursing him out, and went to hit him, but pulled away at the last second. He then began to pace around for a while, before wiping the blood from his head and pie-faced Mitchell. Raven later apologised for his behavior, and Mitchell apologised for scalping him.

-- Mitchell then talks about his time in MLW and how it reminded him a hell of a lot of 1993 ECW.

-- We then move into Word Associations with names such as New Church members Vampiro, Slash, Brian Lee, Sinn & Malice; Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, and many more.

-- James then closes off the show for us with a message to all of his fans.

-- The hosts then go into the recap segment to round off the show, but before that we play an out-take from the Jim Mitchell interview which is absolutely hilarious.

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