Show: Wrestling Epicenter (The Interactive Interview)
Guest(s): Shannon Moore & Justin Credible
Date: October 12, 2005
Your Hosts: Chuck D, James Walsh, and Francine
Recap By: James Walsh
This week is a very special week for the Wrestling Epicenter as we welcome 2 great guests in addition to our weekly partner in crime, Francine.
First, we welcome the only person I can think of that went from being a boy band member to being a punk rocker in the span of 5 years. He’s a former WCW and WWE superstar. He’s everybody’s favorite little M’Fer, Shannon Moore.
Up next, we have a man who is not just the coolest, a man who is not just the best, we have a former Extreme Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and that is Justin Credible.
And finally, Francine joins us to discuss her fear of clowns, the Hardcore Homecoming DVD sales being so high, and Chuck and James go a little crazy shooting on the young newcomers being in the business having a bigger ego than the true stars of the business like Hogan and Batista… Oh, it’s a rant all indy workers need to hear as it will put them in their place. And, you can check Francine out at http://www.MissyHyattandFrancineTV.com. There are some pictures of her up there in the smallest blue bikini I’ve ever seen. If that doesn’t excite you guys, you probably don’t have a pulse!
You can listen to all of this great content right here at the Wrestling Epicenter at http://www.WrestlingEpicenter.com.
— Shannon is getting set to start his wrestling school, “School of Punk.” His no compete clause isn’t up until November 1.
— Ring of Honor is a place Shannon wants to work but as of right now, he’s not yet been contacted. He feels it is his style but fears the roster may be too full and they may not have room for him.
— When Hulk Hogan and JBL told us he felt the young guys “learned the moves but didn’t learn wrestling,” Shannon feels that is a fine line. But, he does say, “I’ve worked a lot of indys to where psychology is a factor to where it doesn’t come into effect. They don’t really know what psychology is. They train for 4 weeks and then go out and train somebody.”
— Shannon doesn’t think anybody is guilty of the above in Ring of Honor.
— Shannon met up with the Hardy Boys when he was real young and moved to their town. A mutual friend had a dish and would buy all the pay per view events. He’d go over there as did the Hardy Boys and that is how they hit it off. They started backyard leagues as kids and made something of themselves with OMEGA. Shannon feels OMEGA is something he’d like to start back up again once everybody’s done.
— Shannon thinks OMEGA stood out because there were a lot of options for fans to check out. Most of the indy feds at the time were just old school wrestling but OMEGA had high flying wrestling, hardcore, gimmick matches, and everything else.
— “To learn to wrestle, you have to learn Wrestling 101 first,” says Shannon when asked how he’ll teach at his school. “You’ve got to learn to crawl before you can walk. Everything else comes with time.”
— Shannon was never trained. He learned with experience with Matt, Jeff, and Joey Abs.
— Shannon was working in Music City Wrestling in Nashville. Shannon had put on some muscle and asked Matt if he thought Kanyon, who Matt did spot work with in the WWE, would mind if he called him. So, Shannon called Kanyon, Kanyon called him back and said he should send in a tape. The next day, Kanyon called him again saying he just got the authority to hire 21 cruiserweights that look under 21 years of age. A few days later, Shannon was at Matt’s house and got a phone call with Kanyon telling him he had a job. He was shocked to hear it but all of a sudden he was making 6 figures and was thrilled for the opportunity.
— Jimmy Hart had the idea of putting together a pop band in wrestling with them touring and doing concerts. So, they went with Jimmy’s idea and they did the best they could. They modeled themselves around what was popular at the time in the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears thing. Thank God that crap is out of style.
— Shannon thinks Tank Abott added a lot to the group. But, he wanted to see them do a little more with it.
— Jimmy Yang had the idea to put together the Jung Dragons. 3 Count was paired with them for the longest time. Shannon says working with those guys was always “easy” and they delivered great matches.
— Shannon feels it is impossible to pick a “best match.” He says working Rey Mysterio is a lot different than working Chris Benoit. Both are great workers but they’re just different styles of wrestling.
— “I knew it was in bad shape,” says Shannon about the end of WCW. “I really didn’t see it was that gone to the point of it getting shut down. I kept thinking it would get better.”
— About the last Nitro, “I remember walking in that day and seeing the WWE sign… The morale. Everybody thought it was the end. Everybody thought we’d never see each other again.”
— “There’s got to be competition. And now, with TNA, it’s on its way back.”
— Shannon can’t say for sure if he’ll be at TNA due to his WWE contract but does say, “If they want me to be part of their crew, I’d love to be there.”
— “Shane don’t take nobody’s crap,’ says Shannon about the incident with Buff Bagwell. Shannon wasn’t there but does say he’s “glad it happened.” He goes on to say that Buff was known to have an attitude problem.
— About how WCW and WWE’s locker rooms compared, “WWE’s way more business. WCW was way more good time. In WWE, everybody’s real quiet. It wasn’t that much of a party. But, WCW was a good time like wrestling should be.”
— “I’ve always been considered one of the Hardy Boys,” says Shannon. So, pairing him with the Hardy Boys was a natural in the WWE.
— “That’s one of the reasons I changed my look,” says Shannon. He wanted to get away from being one of the Hardy Boys and make his own identity.
— “The whole time I was in WCW, I worried about my job,” says Shannon. I think he meant WWE but I can’t say for certain. So, Shannon simply did the best he could in the WWE and felt it was up to them to put him in a story or do something with him.
— As for being a “Little MF’er,” Shannon feels looking at it as a bad thing is a “stupid way of looking at it.” Shannon loved doing that gimmick and says, “People loved it. But, like most things in my career, it got shut down.”
— Shannon said he misses Crash Holly each and every day. Crash would call you every day and no matter if you were in a bad mood or depressed or whatever, he’d make you smile. “That’s somebody in the business that was so close to my age, someone that young in this business isn’t supposed to die.”
— Shannon tells us all about the whole “slashing of Edge’s tires” story and the head on crash he suffered. The guy ran the light and hit Shannon head on in a Hummer. Shannon had to get out and drag the guy out of his car to get him to stop. “If that car would’ve hit Matt in his car, Matt would’ve died,” says Shannon.
— Shannon was sort of glad he got his WWE release. While losing the job wasn’t great, he thinks there is a great opportunity to work for some other companies and “take my career to the next level.”
— As for a WWE return, “That comes with time. It has to be the right time.”
— Inn Word Associations, Shannon talks about Lita, Edge, and how Jamie Noble kept him from going crazy once upon a time. With Edge, he says, “A guy who doesn’t know what he wants.” You’ve got to listen to hear the full answers!
— You can find out more information about Shannon Moore’s school located in Cameron, North Carolina by emailing him at PrinceofPunk@earthlink.net.
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