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IVAN PUTSKI SHOOTS HARD: UPDATED WITH NOTE ON STATEMENTS REGARDING SHIMMER

By WorldWrestlingInsanity.com on 2010-02-23 12:47:10

Note from James Guttman: I just heard from Dave Prazak, who told me that although Rachel Summerlyn has worked as the granddaughter of Ivan Putski on other shows in the past, SHIMMER never promoted her as such.  I asked Ivan the question and had his response printed in the press release as it was.  To be fair, I had mentioned SHIMMER specifically during the interview as the company she worked for and Putski answered that "My lawyers called them and told them they need to stop using that or they're gonna get sued."  However, if they weren't the company he meant, I don't want to see them unfairly attacked for something they haven't done.

For generations, fans have seen wrestlers with power.  But none of them compared to the massive might of the man behind "Polish Power."  Now the legendary I van Putski comes to ClubWWI.com for an uncut shoot interview just as powerful as he is. 

Ivan's unbelievable strength has brought him success in many avenues of life.  But the WWE Hall of Famer is most loved by grappling fans for his legendary wrestling career.  Now, just a few weeks prior to his appearance at the LegendsMania fan convention, where he'll take part in the VIP question and answer session hosted by James Guttman, Pustki joins James on  ClubWWI.com to talk about his storied career. 

 From "Ivan Patoosky" to singing opera to Gordon Solie to his Hall of Fame induction, Ivan leaves no subject off limits. For a full list of subjects, head to:
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Ivan is one of the happiest people you'll talk to.  In fact, he told that to James Guttman directly during his 30 minute ClubWWI.com shoot.  That's why his character was so relatable.  But there are things that make him unhappy.  At one point, when talking about Ivan's family, James comes across one - lying.  Guttman asks about Ivan's "granddaughter" in SHIMMER Wrestling.  Putski knows all about her, but she's not his granddaughter.
 
"Who?  No.  They're just using that."
 
JG laughs and, noting Putski's tone, says, "I guess you didn’t sign off on that."  Ivan answers.
 
"No.  I know who you're talking about and we gave them a call about that.  My lawyers called them and told them they need to stop using that or they're gonna get sued."
 
Surprised, JG says that it happens a lot in wrestling where promoters sometimes… well, Ivan Putski tells it to ClubWWI.com listeners best…
 
"Lie.  You know, it's bullshit.  You know that.  They got something good, they try to jump on it, which isn't right.  You work your butt off to build your name like that and then some trash comes along tried to use it, you know?"
 
Ivan and James go on to discuss the situation, whether SHIMMER contacted him first, what his son Scott is doing now, and more.  No topic is off limits in Ivan's ClubWWI.com shoot interview and one of them is steroids.  Ivan was not only a part of the WWF during its most scrutinized days for steroids, but he was one of the biggest.  How prevalent were they at the time and did Putski take part?
 
"Well, 1980, you know steroids then were not that prevalent as they are now.  They were just coming out.  Yeah.  If you didn't use them, the other guys using them had a jump on you.  And I'm not gonna lie.  Hell yeah I used them.  Cause if you didn't, Superstar (Billy Graham) or these other guys had an edge on you.  The way we did them - shit - it's nothing compared to how they use them now."
 
Putski goes in-depth on ClubWWI.com about steroids then vs. steroids today, the usage in the 1980s, the effect it had on him, benefits of them, the importance of genetics and much more.
 
This ClubWWI interview is the latest in a long line of guests showing up at the LegendsMania convention in Atlanta, Georgia on March 12 and 13th (LegendsMania.com).  Jim Cornette, Robert Gibson, and Greg Gagne have all joined James Guttman to discuss the event and Ivan does the same.  Legends like The Koloffs, The Rock-n-Roll Express, The Midnight Express, Jim Cornette, The Armstrong Family, Demolition, and many more will join host James Guttman, making his first appearance of this kind, for a massive question and answer session with fans at the event.  Guttman is excited about the show and so is The Polish Power, reuniting with his former tag champion partner Tito Santana.

"I'm really looking forward to it.  Yeah.  I'm really glad.  I'm really looking forward to seeing Tito.  I've seen him a few times up north.  New York and around there, where we signed autographs together, but I haven't seen him in a few years since then."

Remember, Ivan's explosive shoot is just one of well over 200 more including:  Sivi Afi , Aaron Aguliera, Skandar Akbar, Brent Albright, Ole Anderson, Road Warrior Animal, Tony "T.L. Hopper" Anthony, Buff Bagwell, Doug Basham, Paul Bearer, Giant Bernard, Big Daddy V, Eric Bischoff, Steve Blackman, Brian Blair, Tully Blanchard, Nick Bockwinkel, "The Boogeyman" Marty Wright, Bad News Brown, D-Lo Brown, "Jumping" Jim Brunzell, Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci, Bull Buchanan, Lance Cade , Christian, John Cena Sr., Chaz "Headbanger Mosh" , Bryan "Adam Bomb" Clark, Rob Conway, Jim Cornette, Justin Credible, D-Ray 3000, Scott D'Amore , Christopher Daniels, Shawn Daivari, Dangerous Danny Davis, Dawn Marie, Damian Demento, Colin Delaney, Brother Devon, Demolition Ax, Demolition Smash, Bill DeMott, Ted DiBiase, J.J. Dillon, Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore, Disco Inferno, Spike Dudley, Hacksaw Jim Duggan , Kenny Dykstra, Bobby Eaton, Paul Ellering, Armando Estrada,, Manny Fernandez , Francine, Mr. Fuji, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Greg Gagne, Ronnie Garvin ,Jackie Gayda, Robert Gibson, Glacier, Sylvain Grenier, Tod Gordon, Zach Gowen, Juventud Guerrera, Chalie Haas, Chris Harris , Bruce Hart , Jimmy Hart, Diva Search's Jessica Hatch, Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Jon Heidenreich, Christy Hemme, Hillbilly Jim, Molly Holly , The Honky Tonk Man, Tim Horner , Scotty 2 Hotty, Sam Houston, Mr. Hughes, The Iron Sheik, Ivory, B.G. James, Jazz, Ahmed Johnson, Judge Jeff Jones, Orlando Jordan, Kamala, Kid Kash, Kevin Kelly, Pat "Simon Diamond" Kenney, Ron Killings, Cpl. Kirschner, Kizarny, Kevin Kleinrock, Brian Knobbs, Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff,, Bobby Lashley, Bruno "Harvey Wippleman" Lauer, Jerry "The King" Lawler, "The Total Package" Lex Luger, Buschwhacker Luke, Rodney Mack, Magnum T.A. , Balls Mahoney, Rick Martel, Clarence Mason , "Masterpiece" Chris Masters, Robbie McAllister, Rory McAllister, Matt Morgan, Ernest Miller, Missing Link, Father James Mitchell, Mo From Men on a Mission , Sean Mooney, Ricky Morton, Trevor Murdoch, Kevin Nash, Nidia, Nunzio, One Man Gang, Sonny Onoo, Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, Oscar From Men on a Mission , Fred "Typhoon/Tugboat/Shockmaster" Ottman, Pierre-Carl Ouellet, Outback Jack, Diamond Dallas Page, Ken Patera, Nick Patrick,  Jim Powers, Tom Prichard, Harley Race, Baron Von Raschke, "The Yeti" Ron Reis , Rhino, Dustin Rhodes, Tommy Rich, Rikishi, Paul Roma, "Super Hero in Training" Rosie, Jacques Rougeau, Terri Runnels, Lance Russell, Samoa Joe, Bruno Sammartino, Samu, Tito Santana, Dan "The Beast" Severn, Ron Simmons, Elix Skipper, Slick, Tracey Smothers, Al Snow, Sim "Deuce" Snuka, Dennis Stamp, George "The Animal" Steele, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Idol Stevens, The Stro, AJ Styles, Dave "Evad" Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Dave Taylor, Sylvester Terkay, ECW's Tiffany, Too Cold Scorpio, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Jimmy Valiant, Johnny Valiant, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Sid Vicious, Vito, Nikolai Volkoff, Koko B. Ware, Erik Watts, Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, David Young, Mae Young , Larry Zybszko, and More.