Tell me a little about your current angle.
Ray, you are working as a new character for you who goes by the
name Buzz Stern. What inspired
Ray: The funny part about the whole thing is that
this is the gimmick I pitched to WCW before the whole Blood Runs Cold
thing began. I taught elementary
and middle school over a span of seven years.
I started in '87 when I got out of college and I taught in Valdosta,
Georgia. All the coaches that I
remember from my high school and college days usually had characteristics
and quirks that stood out. When
I went to Valdosta I found a lot of really good coaches with great reputations
for their mannerisms as well as their coaching ability.
did was take a lot of the characteristics from what I considered were
the most entertaining coaches that I had met and put it all together. This gave me a conglomeration of a good stereotypical
coach. A lot of my friends point
to Coach Buzz Cut on Beavis and Butthead when they see my new gimmick.
I never really watched that show until my friends pointed that
out. I took a little from that
character, but most of it is from coaches I remember as a kid or from
coaches that I worked beside. I have added some other coaches I respect, like
Bobby Knight and Lombardi. I borrowed
some of their mannerisms. They
were feared for their tenaciousness and their drive to win, so it seems
appropriate in this business.
Luther, how do you see your character working with Buzz?
Luther: Well, he is a bit more down to earth. The character is a lot like me. It's not that much of a stretch. What I am trying to stand for, the message I
am trying to get across is to be an example, a beacon of light for big
men everywhere. People look at guys like me with a little extra
weight, just a little heavy, and they dismiss us. They look at us like a non-athlete. If a guy has a little gut on him, or even a
big one, they think right away that he can never make it. Legitimately, I made it through the Power Plant
tryout month in and month out. I
watched all kinds of ripped, shredded body builders and other guys who
called themselves athletes fall out and drop to the floor. They were amazed that a guy of my build could make it through.
That's what I am trying to bring out, don't dismiss me, or dismiss
any of us, just because we are big.