This disc runs for one hour and twenty-nine minutes
Bill said he became a fan of wrestling when his dad got free tickets from his friend who was a sports editor in Tampa when he was about 12 years old. He never watched wrestling before and took the tickets and went and has been a fan ever since.
This disc runs for one hour and thirty-nine minutes
Bill is asked if he has received any offers from either WWF or WCW since being in the spotlight in ECW. Bill said he spoke with Kevin Sullivan who said that he would like to have him there one day. He said that he hasn’t heard from WWF but thinks that Heyman and Vince have a relationship and speak together. Bill then said he loves ECW and wouldn’t leave for the WWF for $100,000 because he is happy but he said that he could still be bought.
When asked if he ever foreseen WCW eclipsing the WWF, Bill said he saw the talent flocking over to WCW and that Vince was losing guys for not giving out big contracts and wanting to give guys paycuts. Bill thinks that Vince has learned now.
He is asked about what will happen in a year and he said that everything cycles and that Vince is starting to get guys and talks about the older stars in WCW like Hogan and Savage will not be around forever. He said that Vince also likes to create stars.
Bill tells a story back in 1985 about Kevin Sullivan and Purple Haze. Peter Maiava’s wife was going to run a joint show with Crockett Promotions in Hawaii and Bill got to make the trip. There was 20,000 in the stadium to see Flair go against the Hawaiian champion, Sivi Afi. At the hotel, he was with the NWA guys and some guys from Japan. A wrestler named Lars Anderson, who Crockett refused to have his guys work the same card as the guy. They went back and forth then Anderson got a beer and dumped it all over Crockett. Everyone was pissed and the show almost did not happen but they cooled down and it went on. Crockett then got fucked over on his payout too. Anyway, they all went out and ended up in Crockett’s suite afterwards and as Bill was sitting in the chair, Crockett ran over and clotheslined him out of the chair. Bill was thinking about what to because he wanted to fuck him up but he also didn’t want to lose a potential job as a result. So, Bill jumped up and the room was silent and he told Crockett that he was the only guy in the room that he would let get away with what he did and he said the rest of the guys popped for that and Crockett went over and shook his hand and they hugged.
He now tells another story, this time about Steve Keirn accidentally shooting Barry Windham in the leg. They were driving down to Miami, which was a five hour drive down “Alligator Alley” which was brutal. He was traveling with Keirn and Windham who had a trunk full of ammunition. Bill said it was not uncommon for the guys to stop and shoot things during the drive. Keirn bet Windham that he could hit a pole on a quick draw and he shot it but it ricocheted and went into Windham’s leg. They yanked it out and Windham worked a match against Harley Race that night.
Bill now tells us a story about Roddy Piper involving an alligator. Bill starts by saying how Piper was a really nice guy and would personally give the job guys he beat $25-$50 during the TV tapings for helping him look good. Anyway, he was with Piper, Kevin Sullivan and Frank Dusek. Piper saw a bunch of alligators sunbathing and wanted them to pull over. He said he wished he had a gun and Dusek said he had one so they stopped. Dusek had a shitty .38 and Piper took it and Bill said it would have been a miracle to shoot the gator but Piper hit it right in the head and it started to convulse. The game warden walks by and if you were caught shooting a gator, you could get fined and have your gun and even car repossessed. They waved to him and he went by then Piper wanted to get the gator so he had Sullivan go on one side to wave him on so Piper could grab it. Well, some of the gators come towards Sullivan and Piper swims to the gator he shot but it was fine and turned towards Piper who was able to escape the water.
We get another story, this time involving the Great Muta, Angelo Mosca Jr. and Bill Thorpe, who was a ring announcer. Bill was driving the Cadillac and he saw a gator in the road and tried avoid him but he hit it then slammed on the brakes and wanted to take it home. They picked him up and put him in trunk by folding him, because the trunk was not long enough. They drove and 30 miles later, they heard banging in the trunk as the gator was twisting around, causing Muta to freak out in the backseat, who was only in America for a week at that point. They get to the hotel and open the trunk and the gator had slowed down and Bill also saw that his jaw was broken. Some of the other guys came over and noticed that the gator was in his car and blinking his eyes so Bill decided to open it’s mouth and stick his head inside as the others thought it was unbelievable.
Now, Bill discusses the cage match between Lex Luger and Bruiser Brody, which he was the referee. Luger ended up walking out of the match after Brody would not sell any of his offense. Bill said that they didn’t go over the match beforehand and that Lex was new and not smartened up to the business yet. Brody refused to lockup with him when Lex approached then brushed off his armbar attempt, which confused Luger who was used to overpowing everyone. Bill said that Luger decided to leave a few minutes into the match and climbed the cage and ran to the dressing room. Apparently, they settled things backstage and Bill puts over Luger for making more money than both of them combined.
Bill said that he once received 77 stitches while refereeing a match between Wahoo McDaniel and Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter backed him in the corner and Wahoo didn’t see him and went for a belt shot and instead of coming down with the belt flat, the side hit Bill and sliced his head open, knocking him out. The camera zooms in on his scar. Mike Rotunda ended up driving him to the hospital.
He now talks about the time he and Taz jumped over the guardrail during an episode of RAW. One of the photographers, someone who Bill knew and worked with when he was with the WWF, attempted to stop them as he had no idea it was a work. Taz shoved him away but the guy and someone else went after Bill and the photographer kicked Bill, bruising his kidney.
They ask Bill if he has any crazy stories about Ric Flair. In Florida, Ric wanted to drive with Bill because he liked him. Flair also bought him food and other things. He said that Ric was wasteful and would buy new combs, shampoo, toothbrushes and other things and use them once then leave it all at the building and buy everything new the next day. He said that one time, Ric ordered 40 Kamikaze’s for the bar and would do that all of the time. He also tells a story of Ric dancing naked with a few girls at a bar in Atlanta. Bill said that Ric would only do that when he knew the owner’s thus not getting in trouble with law enforcement if it happened. Bill said Ric was a great guy.
When asked about Rick Rude, Bill said that he used to ride with him when he started out in Tampa. He said when he left WCW, he was making about $700,000 and said that he talked to him the other day.
He briefly mentions how Mike Rotunda ripped his nuts after he got the caught in a fence he was trying to jump and required roughly 100 stitches.
Bill met Woman first when she sat ringside for all of the shows. The photographer was taking photos of Kevin Sullivan and saw Woman dressed in all black and she was attractive so he took some photos and that is how her and Sullivan met.
He is asked about his favorite moment in ECW so far and he said it was last week when he was announced as being involved in the company’s first PPV event (Barely Legal 1997). Bill then says that when you think of ECW, you picture guys like Sandman and Taz but not himself.
Bill tells another story about Dusty. He was offered to fly home with Dusty after a show one night. On the way to the airport, Dusty stopped to the liquor store and asked Bill what he wanted to drink. Bill said that he really didnt drink much and told Dusty he would drink whatever he was having and Dusty got a bottle of Crown Royal. Bill said this turned out to be a rib at the time as it was a plan to get him really fucked up, which is what happened. They landed in Tampa and there was a big trash can in the airport and asked him to kick it as far as he could and he did but what he didnt know was that the can was bolted down and he fell on his ass after the attempt. After that, they went to a bar and drank until it closed as Bill was completely hammered. Dusty asked where he lived and they drove to Bill’s neighborhood and he was too drunk to remember which house was his, stating he only moved into the neighborhood a month before. Dusty was getting frustrated as he wanted to go home and said something so Bill punched him in the face. Dusty didnt get hurt then told Bill if he couldnt find his house, he was on his own. So, Dusty kicked Bill out of the car and dropped him in front of a 7-11 then told the clerk to watch him until the cab picked him up. Dusty did not realize that Bill had no money on him at the time and the next thing he knows, he was in a cab and it was daylight with a cop shaking and telling him that if he didnt pay the $44 cab, he would be arrested. Bill said the cabbie couldnt wake him up and left him in the car in front of his house with the meter running for an hour and a half. Bill said that Dusty always tells this story.
Bill talks about dealing with guys who are starts now but he first met them when they were trying to break into the buisness. He tells a story about Bam Bam Bigelow, who mentioned to Bill that he approached him in Florida about how to break into the business and he was really nice to him. He said that he was approached by Raven when he was in colllege and said he wanted to kick his ass at the time. He talked about how Raven’s dad had a high profile job. Bill said you always treat guys nice because you never know who your next boss is going to be.
He now tells a story about Harley Race. They were at a bar in Tampa when two big redneck guys were heckling a young prelim guy and followed him into the bathroom. Harley saw this happen and walked into the bathroom. The two saw Harley and said hi to him but Harley ended up turning off the lights and a few minutes later, some guy ran in and saw that Harley fucked up both guys.
Bill talks about working on the pilot episode of “Thunder in Paradise” with Hogan. Vince wanted Giant Gonzales in the show but didnt want to pay for Bill to be there. He said that Jimmy Hart told him that there wasn’t room in the budget for him. Bill does a pretty funny Jimmy Hart impression too. Anyway, he is at the bar with Hogan and some of the other actors and Hulk asked him what he needed to pay him. Bill said he had no idea and Hogan asked him how much he made, with Bill saying $1,000 at MSG and about $300 on other shows. So, Hogan said that every week he would give him a blank check and Bill was there for four weeks and wrote $1,400 each week. He said he had a blast.
He talks about the Von Erich’s for a bit, stating they were all wild but could work. He didn’t hang around with them much though. He said that he worked with Buzz Sawyer briefly and said that he had a horrible memory and was legitimately crazy.
Bill tells a story about being at a strip club in upstate New York with the Undertaker after being invited by a club owner. They got free food and drinks and Bill got hammered off of Goldschlager as Taker was signing autographs and holding up Bill, who was too fucked up and sliding off of the chair.
His favorite matches were Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham and Dusty Rhodes vs. Kevin Sullivan.
He is asked about ECW going to far but Bill doesnt think so because its a different brand of wrestling. He thinks that everyone is waiting for them to make mistakes. He says that Heyman reminds him of Sullivan in the sense that they are team players. The interview closes after that, with Bill stating that he would be open to doing another shoot.
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a really fun shoot overall. The first disc was slow and it just glossed over his career but in the second disc, they just asked him to tell stories and Bill was great.
This was only like the 3rd or 4th shoot video that RF Video ever produced and it shows. The production values are poor, as is the editing. You see Bill in different chairs and on the couch throughout the shoot. They also didnt seem to have a format down yet, which is actually refreshing to the mandatory script of questions they ask nowadays.
Bill came off as a super nice guy. I have also never heard anyone have a bad thing to say about him either. He has been just about everywhere in wrestling and has a ton of funny stories and not a bad word to say about anyone. He wasn’t even holding a grudge against Vince for firing him. He is truly happy to do what he does in wrestling.
I do recommend this shoot and again, If you do watch, the first disc does start off slow and at points it does drag but the second disc is great and fun throughout.