March 30, 1998
What wrestlers do you prefer to watch? Do you have any favorites of your
you know what, I look for the consummate showman, somebody that can entertain
with athletic ability with good wrestling philosophy that hits the hot
button of a fan who has paid $15 or $20 to sit in the third or fourth
row to eat a hot dog and have a cold beer and look for some of his troubles
in life to be erased by this entertainment vehicle.
take a look at the guys, who I find terribly terribly exciting, the Mexican
luchadores and guys like Malenko - a great technician, and a Benoit who
is sensational. You've got to take a look at guys like Savage, Hogan,
Sting, Luger, and, of course, the Nature Boy Ric Flair. My word, he is
the best of all worlds. The guy's got it all. Unfortunately, he is getting
a little long in the tooth and I think we may be seeing the back side
of his career, but it's been a great one and I still think he's got a
few years left in him.
Let's talk about your previous employer, the WWF as opposed to your current
employer, WCW. How would you compare the two, having worked for both?
of course, that is a different time and era. One thing that I think McMahon
brought to the table was the glitz and showbiz he brought to wrestling
which had been virtually non-existent before that. Oh, you can go back
to Gorgeous George with the robes and the long flaxen blonde hair, a very
flamboyant guy, but you never saw some of the things you see in professional
wrestling today. I would say McMahon brought that to the table, however,
somewhere along the line, he lost it and went back hardcore with a lot
of cowboys and things. I see WCW today, with such deep pockets, that they
can give you virtually everything: from the luchadores like Rey, Juventud,
Konan who never slow down to the big boys of the nWo like Hall, Nash,
Hogan and that group to guys like Sting, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger.
You really have a wide variety of styles and you put it all together.
I think the real testament to this is that the television numbers are
through the roof. We peaked this month on Monday Nitro with the highest
rating ever of a 6.3 rating and a 9.8 share, which is astronomical and
through the ceiling.
That's close to twice what Leno does in any given night.
What a good comparison.
Some people may not realize it, but it seems like wrestling is back to
becoming mainstream like it was in the 80s.
I see that. I was in a very upscale Marriot hotel the other night. There
were a lot of suits there who had their ladies with them and we had Nitro
on in the lounge. I was surprised that these guys could rattle off names
and storylines and everything. I am sure all of them made six figures
plus, but they were really knowledgeable. It's not just the beer and T-shirt
crowd, it's not just kids, it's not just guys eighteen to thirty four,
it's a lot of people over the whole socio-economic spectrum, it is now