The folks over at the Alternative Wrestling Magazine recently interviewed Harry Smith. During the interview, Smith talks about the work environment at WWE, appearing at In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede as a kid, and working for Ring Ka King – among other topics. You can read highlights from the interview below or read it straight at the source by clicking here. Enjoy!
How was it appearing at the conclusion of In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede with the rest of the Hart family at such a young age?
In Your House 16 was a great event, The crowd that night was so loud I couldn’t even hear myself screaming. Probably my favorite all time Wrestling moment was all the members of the Hart Foundation being announced on the stage before entering the ring. Still get goosebumps watching it. Yes that was me, the little kid running around the ring after with a mushroom haircut (laughs). TJ Wilson, Ted Hart, and Natalie Neidhart were all in there too, along with other family.
How would you describe your time in WWE and is there any regrets you have?
Hot and cold. When it was good, it was a really cool place. When it was bad, which it mostly was, it was not an enjoyable work place at all. I have no regrets about WWE. Wish I could have stretched Michael Cole though. (laughs).
Since leaving the WWE it seems that you have not stopped wrestling. Where is your favorite place to wrestle in the world and why?
Nope, been actually quite busy. Not quite as busy as I once was in WWE, but very busy. I’ve been having a great time traveling, doing Indy shows, and Wrestling some great talent like Chavo Guerrero, Fit Finlay, Davey Richards, Mike Bennett, TNA superstars when I was in India, and now soon New Japan superstars. Favorite place I have to say is Japan overall, so look forward to going back. In the past year favorite place to Wrestle has been PWA up in Calgary as it’s home sweet home, and Cross Fire Wrestling in Nashville TN.
You wrestled for TNA and Endemol’s Ring Ka King how was that experience and Is there any chance that we could see you wrestling for TNA soon and would it be something you are interested in?
Yes the India project seemed to be a huge success. The company went all out of entrances, music, dancers, and talent too. I was just very sick with some sort of stomach infection the second trip there and wound up in a hospital for 3 days and lost about 15 lbs. I went straight from India to Los Angeles for Wrestlereunion and had a great match with Davey Richards too. I have no idea how I did it, I did 50 squats the morning of that show and I was absolutely toast. TNA is a possibility, I think full time with New Japan, and do Independents and train MMA is best fit for me though.
If you had to choose about going back to WWE or signing for TNA. What would you choose and why?
Oh TNA easy. I think at this point I’d be more interested with getting a 9 to 5 job than returning to the WWE. Jeff Jarrett was very nice to me when doing the TNA India deal, and I know he thought the world of my uncle Owen. TNA has a lot of great talent too. Of course, the saying goes the “grass is always greener on the other side” so I don’t know exactly what TNA is like.