An Interview With Johnny The Bull
has been written over the years about the differences in the way that
the "big two" in the world of professional wrestling cultivate talent.
There are stereotypes
that both WWF and WCW have been saddled with that often times are based
more in the imagination and perception rather that fact or reality.
of the anvils that is placed on the back of World Championship Wrestling
is the notion that a young guy in the business has "no chance" making
it big in Atlanta. But the truth of the matter is that "Championship"
teams have always seemed to have a blend of veterans and up and comers.
In the sports world that is wider than the one Jim McKay knew, even rookies
have stepped up to score points and ratings.
Internet Sites continue to bash WCW while in fact if you look close enough
there is a renewed effort to give lesser-known wrestlers a chance to be
seen. One of those guys who is both a rookie and a star with a bright
future is Johnny the Bull, who along with Big Vito makes up the Tag-Team
of "The Mamalukes". I got the chance to talk to Johnny just as he was
leaving on the WCW tour of Germany. He was wearing the strap of the Tag-team
champions and was feeling good about his spot. I took questions from readers
and asked a few more myself but Johnny The Bull was easy to talk to you
and more than accommodating to answer whatever I threw his way.
Johnny, before we get into this interview I want to ask the question
that surfaced as a result of an Internet posting weeks ago. There was
something written to the effect that DDP "stole" an interview opportunity
from you, and that Page had heat with some of the guys because of it.
Absolutely not. I don't know where that stuff comes from. It never happened
and I don't have any idea what they could have been talking about. Page
has done nothing but help me since I got in to wrestling. In fact before
I went to the camp when I was just thinking about it. He told me that
he would keep and I on me and when the time was right he'd do his best
to help me. A lot of people in WCW have helped me but Page is one of the
guys who took an interest in me really early. A lot of the guys know that
Page has helped other guys and when I would see him in the Gym or wherever
he'd talk to me. Other guys in his spot don't do that as much. One of
those times was when I first met you with Page.
last year sometime…
yea I was in
camp (The Power Plant) and I would see Page there sometimes but that time
Page approached me to see how things were going and asked me if I had
thought about a gimmick. He told me he thought I should to start watching
all the wise guy movies again. Around the same time Paul Orndorf (who
runs The Plant) and Sarge had told me that I needed to start thinking
about it. I remember Page telling me to get comfortable with the way the
wise guys walked and talked.