RF Video Shoot Interview with Slick

This was filmed in 2005

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry

It runs at one hour and thirty-five minutes long

 

 

The interview starts with Slick being asked how he got started in the wrestling business. Slick said that Joe Blanchard gave him his start in Southwest Championship Wrestling then knew someone in the office who went to work for Bob Geigel and went there.

 

Slick said he was trained as a wrestler by Ron Ellis, who worked for World Class. Initially, Slick forgot his name. Slick grew up in Fort Worth, TX and was a fan of World Class. Slick then remembers a wrestler named Ivan the Terrible also help trained him as well.

 

Regarding the training, he said it was easy because you could look around and figure it out. He had matches for Southwest Championship Wrestling. Slick said he became a manager because he was a better talker than worker with a thin physique and was known for his talking, which is why Geigel brought him into Central States. Slick then said he actually weighed 300lbs at one point in 30’s and at 6’4, it hurt his managerial career in the WWF because he was taller than most of the wrestlers.

 

Slick said Bob Geigel was a “tough and salty” guy but a decent man that knew how to run his territory. He puts over Rufus Jones for being a mentor to younger guys.

 

He talks about trying to be a combination of Armand Hussein and Gary Hart, who Slick said epitomizes what a manager should be, when he was managing.

 

Slick said that when he first started in the WWF he was still very green. He puts over Dory Funk, Harley Race, and Bobby Heenan for teaching him how to build something and the difference between cheap and genuine heat.

 

On travel, Slick said the only time he did not travel alone was when he rode with the One Man Gang in the WWF. Slick then said he has severe allergies and asthma and it was easier that way. He then said the main reason he wore a hat was for health reasons because he did not want the air to touch his head.

 

Regarding cheap payoffs by Geigel, Slick said it was not because he was cheap but rather due to the fact the territory was not making any money.

 

Slick is asked about racism. He talks about experiencing it throughout his career before talking about how wrestling is a “white man’s sport” and how if a black man called looking for work back in the day, they would be told there was already one other black guy who would draw the black fans. He then talks about black guys getting stereotypical gimmicks in wrestling that highlight the worst parts of black culture. Slick thinks it has progressively gotten worse as he speaks of gimmicks like the Godfather.

 

When asked about Ric Flair, Slick is easily one of the top five wrestlers ever and no one can out work him in the ring. Slick said he can do it all like work, talk, and knew how to take care of business.

 

He is asked about guys he managed. Slick said Art Crews and Timothy Flowers were very patient with him as he was green. Slick said they taught him a lot as well.

 

On his favorite guy to manage, Slick said it was the One Man Gang. He said that when Butch Reed wanted to work, he could be great and talks about at one time he was probably the top heel in the country but Reed is set in his ways and can be difficult to be around at times. Slick said that they were very close but that Reed bossed him around at times. Slick said that he was friends with Gang but saw the business the same way and did not have a difficult personality.

 

When asked about the Rockers before the WWF, Slick said that they might have been the best tag team ever because of their athleticism and could put together some great matches. He is asked about Sgt. Slaughter and tells a story when he was managing Bulldog Bob Brown against Slaughter in Missouri. Slick said he is a gentleman and helped him out a lot. He thought Kevin Von Erich was a nice guy but a little bit out there.

 

He only spent about four months working for Geigel until heading to the WWF. Slick said Butch Reed got signed and got him into the company. He then talks about originally, he was supposed to join the WWF with Bruiser Brody but Reed was signed instead.

 

Slick said Vince McMahon was a “heck of a guy.” During his interview, he had to convince him to get hired as Vince thought he was too tall and inexperienced. Slick said his talking got him the job.

 

On his first angle when he bought Freddie Blassie’s stable, Slick said Blassie was a very nice guy. Slick talks about how his own personality is kind and gentle and that Blassie took to him. Slick said the angle was pretty much racist as they never explained how he got the money.

 

Slick said there was no jealously from the other managers. He said that Heenan was the absolute best who had the humor and could work and talk. Slick said that Jimmy Hart had a great wrestling mind and would hang around both of them. Slick then said if you feel like someone is jealous of you is to admire them and ask them questions, even if you know the answer, as you come off as humble and wanting to learn.

 

He is asked about guys in the WWF. Slick said that Hulk Hogan was a “unique individual” and very humble with the amount of success that he has. Slick said the Junkyard Dog had “issues” and will leave it at that. Slick said that managing the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff was difficult. He puts over Sheik for having a big heart but also with issues while Volkoff was a great guy but does not look fondly at that time. On Missy Hyatt’s brief time in the company, Slick said she was an awfully good looking woman.

 

Slick thanks god for blessing him with a great personality as he likes to make people happy and laugh and that helped him adapt easily to the locker room.

 

On “Jive Soul Bro,” Slick said that he wanted a larger part and wanted to sing rather than rap but was afraid to tell Vince. Slick points out that video elevated his character and showed Vince that he was a versatile performer.

 

He did not like the travel schedule as he dislikes being away from home.

 

On if Butch Reed disliked having to dye his hair blond, Slick said he didnt care because of the money he was making, adding that when they ask you to change something and you do not make money it becomes a problem.

 

Slick is asked about managing Kamala. He said that people in the business assume if you take two black guys and pair them up it will work but that he never wanted to manage Kamala because they have opposite views of the business and they are good friends still to this day.

 

He is asked about more workers. Slick said that the Dynamite Kid was tough and liked to pull ribs then would beat you up if you did not like what happened. Slick said that Andre the Giant was always nice to him but he could be very demanding and rude. He said that Randy Savage was a professional and worked well together. Slick thought the Ultimate Warrior could be a prick (spelled out half of the word) if he disliked you but Slick said Warrior liked him. He thought Kerry Von Erich was a good guy but not the brightest individual. Slick thought that the Honky Tonk Man really fit his gimmick. He calls Koko B. Ware a friend but could get on your nerves and ribbed people a lot by talking.

 

Slick is asked about the Akeem gimmick and said that he created it himself. Slick said that Akeem should have turned face and not the Big Boss Man. Slick said that Akeem liked the gimmick at first but some of his friends started making racial slurs towards him as it went on. Slick says one person, who is refuses to name because he is scared of them, would call Akeem the “new n-word.”

 

When Butch Reed was supposed to win the Intercontinental Title, Slick first nods off then said he believed the switch was made due to a wardrobe malfunction as the letters on his vest were incorrect.

 

Slick claims he never heard of the “Ring Boys” scandal. He also said he stayed away from the drug scene and traveled by himself. Slick did tell a story, without giving the name, while at U.S. Customs someone put their drugs in another person’s bag.

 

He did not think the angle with Roddy Piper painting himself black was racist but it was distasteful. However, Slick said the Sapphire gimmick and name was racist and a slap in the face to all African-Americans. Slick talks about how it was similar to Stepin Fetchit days and even told all of this to Vince McMahon in his office. Slick said Vince essentially said when you get your own wrestling company then you came give people the names you want.

 

Slick said the Warlord was a great, sensitive guy who cared about him as an individual.

 

He reveals that he was supposed to have been the “Brother Love” character but thinks that Bruce Prichard was able to get his way into that role.

 

On Mr. Fuji and his ribs, Slick said he got ribbed by him and said he was disgusting with them. Slick said you could be sitting down reading the paper and he would light it on fire.

 

Slick nods off again before being asked why he left briefly in the early 90’s. He did not remember, citing a poor memory, then added he needed to spend time with his friends.

 

It was Vince’s idea for him to come back as a babyface reverend. Slick said he thought it could work but that he needed to change his name for that character.

 

He did not like his angle with Kamala or the skits as he thought it was foolish to not have Kimchee wrestle and he should have gotten a bigger guy to feud with Kamala.

 

Slick believes religion has a place in wrestling or anywhere else for that matter.

 

He nods off again when asked about Flair coming into the WWF. Slick awakes and says its 3am and had been up all day. Slick thought Flair was going to give the fans an opportunity to make a comparison between Flair, the Southern great, and Hogan, the east coast great.

 

Slick said that when he left the WWF, WCW did not contact him.

 

On why male managers are a thing of the past, Slick joked its because they do not have “44 DD’s.”

 

He rarely watches the WWE today and said its hard to get interested in the product after working in the business for so many years.

 

Slick regrets being too vocal during his career, stating what someone takes what you say out of context gets you in trouble.

 

Today, Slick says he is a pastor and makes a joke about how if you want to send money to god, address it to him first.

 

 

Final Thoughts: Overall, the interview was just okay. Slick seems like a decent enough man and had some interesting stories. He also did not want to badmouth anyone, which is admirable. However, he did not give that much insight, stating the vets taught him a lot, and keep on nodding off throughout the interview. Plus, he cited a poor memory when unable to remember what was asked.

Slick gave some interesting tidbits about the WWF locker room during his tenure, especially how Akeem was treated and his displeasure with the Sapphire character.

Overall, I would pass unless a huge fan of Slick. The interview is very poorly structured with lots of the same questions asked over and over again and Slick barely being able to stay awake actually makes you want to fall asleep. Not the worst interview I have been at all but nothing to go out of your way and catch either.

 

You can purchase the DVD for $2o or the digital download for just $5 by clicking on the links below

http://www.rfvideo.com/shootwithslick.aspx

 

http://www.highspots.com/p/VD_rfshoot_slick.html

 

Next week, I will be reviewing the newest “Developmentally Speaking” shoot interview hosted by Curt Hawkins with guests Kenny Omega, Sami Callihan, and Kevin Matthews.