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ERIC BISCHOFF'S PLACE IN HISTORY, UNDERTAKER & PAUL BEARER, HATE WATCHING PRO WRESTLING, THE GOBBLEDY GOOKER'S RETURN AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2020-11-25 10:00:00

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Did Don "Spoiler" Jardine train Undertaker or is this just an internet myth?

I don't believe Jardine actually trained him, but Undertaker using some of Jardine's style eventually morphed into this story that he was trained by Jardine.  Buzz Sawyer, briefly, trained Undertaker and then I believe there was a lot of on the job training.

Is it true Paul Bearer actually managed him in his first match?

Well Percy Pringle, as he was known then, did manage the masked Texas Red in Dallas in what was indeed Mark Calaway's first ever match.  He lost to the late Bruiser Brody.

If you could go back and re-watch any one territory on TV, what would it be?

I'd go for the Amarillo territory as I've always loved the Funks and all of that content seems to have been lost to the mists of time, so if I could watch it, it would mean it still existed, which would be awesome.

What's your advice to people who seem to hate watch and tweet/podcast/write about wrestling?

No advice, but if it was me, I wouldn't be doing something I hated to that great extent.  I'd find some other vehicle that made me happy.  If this year didn't prove to everyone that life is far too short, I don't know what would.  If I hate a TV show, I don't keep watching it.  Why would I?

Would you ever want to interview Eric Bischoff?  What do you think of him?  Where is his place in wrestling history?

I have!  I interviewed Eric in 2008 right after the very much underrated Celebrity Championship Wrestling debuted on CMT.   I am sure I could get a great conversation out of him, but given he is talking about everything under the sun weekly on his podcast, I don't know what more there would be to talk about currently.  All my dealings with him have always been very professional and courteous, even if there was something he didn't personally agree with our reporting on.  He's been very kind over the years about my reporting and the site's reporting in general and I personally appreciate that.    His place in history is this and it will always be this - he's the only person to come along and kick Vince McMahon hard enough that he forced WWF's product to evolve and get better.  No matter whether he won the ratings for 83 weeks or one week, his legacy is that he made pro wrestling change for the better in the mid-1990s.  I think he and Paul Heyman are very similar in that way.

Why would WWE bring back the Gobbledy Gooker?

Some writer or producer thought it was funny and Bruce Prichard, then Vince McMahon approved it.  Whether anyone else liked it or not, that's why it happened!

Is CZW still a thing?

Officially, yes.  They have opted not to run during the pandemic since it would wipe them out financially if they couldn't draw and I don't blame them.

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