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By Mike Johnson on 2024-07-04 10:00:00

With the 4th of July coming up, when you think the most patriotic pro wrestling character, who is your #1?

I always lean towards Hacksaw Duggan.  While I loved Sgt. Slaughter as a kid and I think there were lots of other characters that played off patriotic pride, including literally THE PATRIOT, Duggan as the everyman fighting off the foreign menace when he came to the WWF resonated with me as a kid.  Maybe it was the 2x4!  Hulk Hogan and Sarge were more super-heroes in my mind.  Duggan was the average guy fighting the good fight.  I loved that about him.

I saw you put up an audio about being at the Lex Luger bodyslam at the U.S.S. Intrepid.  I was curious what WWE charged for that?  How did the day go?  How did they set it up?

My guess is WWF rented it out for the event as it can be used as an event space.  I believe it was $15 for the admission, which also got you into the Intrepid's museum.  That was general admission and I seem to remember a VIP ticket for sitting ringside, but don't recall the price.  The $15 was standing and it was first come, first serve for different sections that were ropes off.  They opened up the Museum (which is inside the battleship) and I'd guess 99% of the fans all ran past it and went to the top deck to stand in the sun and bake waiting for the show to start.  They filmed a Randy Savage video with him lip synching a song a few times and then went into the Bodyslam Challenge and that was it.  It was about a two hour presentation, at most.  If anyone is in NYC and wants to visit the ship, you can find details at

I see a new trend is talents charging for interviews.  Have you ever paid for interviews and do you think it should be disclosed?

I see it becoming more prevalent.  We have never paid and will never, ever, under any circumstances pay for an interview.  If other wants to do it, that's their choice.  I don't think it matters if it's disclosed but I do think the second you are paying a talent for an interview, you can expect every other talent to come with their hands out seeking that.

You have mentioned being a young fan in the mid-80s, so were you ever a Hulk Hogan fan?  That seems to be the right age for being a Hulkamaniac!  Who was your favorite if not Hogan?

I don't know that I was a "Hulkamaniac" but I certainly enjoyed Hulk Hogan's matches from his first WWF title run.  I think a lot of people forget how good he was at selling for heels and for making fans truly care about what was happening in his matches.  He got the most out of what he had at the time and there were a lot of entertaining matches in that era.  My first ever live show was headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Kamala and I loved the hell out of it at the time.  But, if I had to pick a favorite from that era, it was always a back and forth between Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat, then characters like George Steele and Hillbilly Jim.  The British Bulldogs were far and away my favorite team in that era.

What happened to Monty Brown? I heard he left the business due to family issues. Have you heard of a possible return to the ring?

Brown left the business after the death of his sister as he stepped up to raise her children.  I know he did some independent wrestling locally but pretty much moved on.  I haven't heard of him ever wanting to return to the ring and it's been a long time, so I don't see it happening, but never say never.  He could always get the itch to do an appearance.

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