ECW on Sci Fi – July 11, 2006

ECW on Sci Fi
Date: July 11, 2006
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 3,000
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

We’re officially into a new era around here as Rob Van Dam has lost the ECW World Title to Big Show thanks to a screwy finish/the need to get the title off of him due to his arrest. Big Show already has his first challenger lined up too, as Ric Flair is this week’s guest star. This could go in a lot of ways so let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – July 4, 2006

ECW On Sci Fi
Date: July 4, 2006
Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Joey Styles, Taz

Things are not looking up for ECW at the moment as Rob Van Dam lost the WWE Championship the previous night on Raw. That’s one heck of a loss for ECW but they still have their own championship around Van Dam’s waist. What more could go wrong on back to back nights? Let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – June 27, 2006

ECW On Sci-Fi
Date: June 27, 2006
Location: Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

We’re back for round three and with Vengeance and the following Raw out of the way, Rob Van Dam has completely dispatched Edge and John Cena, meaning he will never have to deal with them again. I’m sure that won’t be a problem whatsoever, so tonight Van Dam gets to face Kurt Angle instead. Let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – June 20, 2006

ECW On Sci Fi
Date: June 20, 2006
Location: Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

Well after last week’s mess, they don’t have the highest bar to clear. It would be nice to have something that actually feels like ECW, which is why we have Edge and Randy Orton here tonight. It’s the go home show for Vengeance so expect a lot of talk about the matches there. We might even get some ECW stuff in here if we have time. Let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – June 13, 2006 (Debut Episode)

ECW On Sci Fi
Date: June 13, 2006
Location: Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, New Jersey
Attendance: 5,100
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

It’s a big night as ECW makes its official return after a five year absence, but this time around they’re officially under the WWE banner. They had a heck of a show at One Night Stand, but other than Big Show, Rob Van Dam and Kurt Angle, I’m not sure what to expect on a regular basis. Let’s get to it.

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The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 28 – Brian Blair

On Episode 28 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in for WWE superstar and current CEO of the Cauliflower Alley Club, Brian Blair. Brian talks about the upcoming Club event, Kelly Kelly, the final days of the Killer Bees, his time wresting in Florida, an amazing rib that he was the target of and much, much more!

Kevin & JR then discuss the road to Fast Lane, whether or not Daniel Bryan is going to main event WrestleMania, the future of NXT and Kevin Owens’ chance of becoming a top WWE star plus more. They also do some sports talk as well as the ever popular Trending Topics, including stories on getting fired over Twitter, Bruce Jenner and Legend of Zelda! Kevin then wraps up by starting to build his very own Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame!

So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 28 – Brian Blair

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 25 – Jim Ross

On Episode 25 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in the legendary Jim Ross for a lengthy chat about his career, upcoming work for New Japan Pro Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling and much more! 
JR also discusses Oklahoma’s 2014 bowl woes, this year’s college football playoff, his excitement and trepidation for calling what could be his final PPV, advice for aspiring announcers, his time as WWE VP of Talent Relations, his Royal Rumble weekend shows, where he ranks Tanahashi and Okada, his thoughts on Ring of Honor, how wrestling today could benefit from echoing the territory system and more!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 25 – Jim Ross

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 24 – Dennis Stamp

On Episode 24 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in the one and only Dennis Stamp for a chat! Dennis discusses his involvement with Beyond the Mat, his relationship with Terry Funk, working in the territories, memories of Andre the Giant and Bret Hart, getting fired in various promotions, his Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, his battle with cancer and much, much more. Dennis also shares some of his wrestling poetry, including his poem entitled “I’m Not Booked!”
Be sure to purchase Dennis’ book for more stories.
Kevin & JR then discuss TLC, the state of WWE and Vince McMahon’s podcast appearance before hitting up the always popular trending topics, including a look at the Sony Hack! They then close things out with a game of Naughty or Nice and pay tribute to the year that was 2014 in wrestling and life!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 23 – Dr. Tom Returns

On Episode 23 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes back PTBN favorite Dr. Tom Prichard. Tom talks about what he is thankful for, booking styles in the past in contrast to modern day, his favorites bookers to work with, his thoughts on John Laurinaitis, whether or not he would purchase WWE if he had the chance and much more!
Kevin & JR then discuss Thanksgiving wrestling memories, Survivor Series, TNA and more before hitting up the always popular trending topics! They then close things out with a couple of Turkey Day themed games!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 22 – Featuring Bobby Cruise & RD Evans

On Episode 22 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in Bobby Cruise for a chat. Bobby discusses who the real Voice of ROH is, how he got started as ring announcer, his feelings on his reduced schedule, his thoughts on Samoa Joe, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, the current talent level in ROH, his WWE tryout, his heat with Kevin and a whole lot more.
Following that, Kevin also has a brief and… interesting visit from ROH star “RD Evans”. RD cuts promos about his streak, his upcoming battle with Jay Lethal, which country has the hottest women, the pressure of each match and much more!
Kevin & JR then discuss Jim Ross, GFW and Randy Orton before hitting up the always popular trending topics!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!
Also, be sure to vote in the PTBN Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 21 – Featuring Gangrel

On Episode 21 of The Kevin Kelly Show, it is time for Halloween and to celebrate, Kevin welcomes in David “Gangrel” Heath for a chat! They talk about how he got his start in wrestling, his WWF run and the evolution of his character, the trademark issues with the name Gangrel, the promotions he is currently running, training Rusev, his relationship with Luna Vachon and much more. Be sure to check out Territory League Wrestling and follow Gangrel on Twitter!

Kevin & JR then talk about wrestling Halloween traditions, the best and worst wrestling costumes, Hell in a Cell 2014 and more before hitting up the always popular Trending Topics!

The show wraps with a spirited game of Trick or Treat, where Kevin decides which celebrities, wrestlers and athletes deserve a trick or a treat in 2014.

So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 21 – Featuring Gangrel

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 19 – Featuring Matt Hardy

On Episode 19 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin is joined by the Icon, Matt Hardy! Matt discusses his early days in the business, his thoughts on the state of TNA and ROH and how they could work together towards success, what the best year of his career was, life as a married man, his thoughts on Adam Cole, the chances of him returning to WWE and much more, including a classic Hardy road story.
Kevin & JR then look at the fallout from Night of Champions 2014 and the future of WWE before running through the week’s trending topics.
The show wraps with a spirited game of This or That in which Kevin builds his own wrestling promotion through a series of choices, Kevin ranking the Top Five most influential tag teams in wrestling history and a vintage KK bar fight story!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 18 – Featuring Dr. Tom Prichard

On Episode 18 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about the current news and notes in the world of Ring of Honor and is also joined by Ring of Honor’s Bob Evans. They chat about the newest crop of ROH trainees, the upcoming tryout camp, what it takes to break into the business, and the future of wrestling amongst other things.
Kevin & JR then preview WWE Night of Champions and run through some trending topics before being joined by the legendary Dr. Tom Prichard for an awesome, lengthy interview.
Tom talks about how he got started in the business and his time in the territories across America, discusses some of his favorite angles from his career, tells some road stories, shares his thoughts on Brad Armstrong, WWE, Roman Reigns and much, much more.
Tom also joins Kevin for a great game of Sleaze Thread True or False!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

DOI Wrestling Shoot Interview with Kevin Kelly, Disc Two

Disc Two runs at one hour and twenty-eight minutes long

For those that missed the review of Disc One, you can read it by clicking on the link below

Kelly calls Kane one of the greatest characters of all-time. He also calls his debut angle with the Undertaker was great but said it’s tragic what they have done with him since, referencing the Katie Vick angle and the unmasking.

He says that women’s wrestling can be used as a special attraction but it is no good. He says that Victoria and Trish Stratus are good but he does not want to see untrained girls wrestle and there are too many girls in the business and locker room and how you do not bring women to a wrestling show. He then talks about how all of the women on the active roster have done the “walk of shame” with the exception being Molly Holly. He does not give specifics as he does not want to get sued. He then talks about how Matt Hardy gets the ugliest “rats” in the business. He is also not a fan of how Lita’s face looks.

On the Brand Extension, Kelly said it was a bad idea from the start as Smackdown was always treated as the inferior product. This leads to Kelly saying that the new developmental program, Deep South, is going to fail (And it did) then talks about how the WWE is becoming WCW from the failed creative to the people in power.

When asked if Paul Heyman should be part of the current booking team, Kelly said that he should be working with Vince to create the show then in six months someone else should rotate in and take his place. He also said to keep Stephanie McMahon and HHH out of the mix.

Kelly is asked about WrestleMania 19 and he said it took place two weeks after he got fired and he was so down on the product that he did not watch the show.

On his release, Kelly was told that his position was being eliminated. He said his weight was ballooning up and they wanted someone who looked better in his role.

He talks about how the whole company changed once it went public. When that happened, it went corporate and their was layers of management added and he became unhappy.

Kelly is asked about wrestler deaths. He talks about how this generation of wrestler deaths coincided with steroid and painkiller abuse. Kelly then says that the Big Boss Man’s death shocked him then the interviewer said that the Honky Tonk man told him that he abused cocaine frequently. Kelly then talks about how for the longest time, he was worried about Shawn, Tom Prichard, William Regal, and Eddie Guerrero dying due to their substance abuse issues. (Eddie passed away less than two months after this was filmed)

Speaking about Tom Prichard, Kelly calls him a close friend and still remains in contact with him today. He said Prichard would take 4-5 somas at a time and drool in his seat while they were driving so Kelly would amuse himself by swerving the car on him. He said that Shane McMahon was the one who saved Prichard by setting him up to go to rehab. Kelly puts over the McMahon’s for going all out when they take care of their employees. He said that a limo went to pick up Prichard, who had no clue, to go to rehab and stayed for 15 weeks, instead of a 28 day program that most people go to and those programs have a higher relapse rate.

When asked about Jim Cornette getting fired, Kelly said that he needed to get fired because he was so burned out. Kelly then said that Cornette would get dicked around by the WWE as they would take guys from OVW on short notice after he planned out several weeks worth of TV in advance then never follow through on plans to let Cornette have guys to finish out their storylines.

He is asked about having to watch tapes of indy wrestlers as part of his job as a scout. Kelly talks about how he saw one of the worst promo tapes ever from a guy named Ralph Soto and how he cut the single worst promo he had ever heard. When asked what he looked for as a scout, he said that he wanted to see an 8×10 photo, a page-long bio about yourself, and how long you have worked and who trained you, along with your height and weight. He did not want to see a flurry of highspots or the indy promotions you have worked for because no one cares. Kelly said that one guy, who was deaf, would constantly call him through a tele-deaf phone operator and Kelly would have to tell him through this operator that he was terrible and would not be getting a deal.

Kelly said that he tried very hard to get Low Ki into the WWF but his size held him back and that his attitude was fine then. He talks about a match on Metal or Jakked against Christian that was excellent and could not believe that the WWE could not see what he and the crowd were seeing. Kelly said that he was proud that the got the Haas Brothers signed (For those of you who do not know, Charlie Haas had a brother Russ who he teamed with that passed away of a heart attack when they were both in developmental) when he took them to Jim Ross, knowing he would like them as they were from Oklahoma and collegiate wrestlers.

He talks some more of what he wants to see in a wrestler as a scout including a natural muscular physique and wide shoulders, because that means you have a greater chance to fill out and carry a bigger load. Kelly said you can see someone who is on steroids by watching them then mentions getting tapes of Rene Dupree when he was 16 or 17 years old and he was already juiced to the gills.

Kelly said that Da Hit Squad never listened to him when he told them what they needed to change in order to get signed by the WWE. The interviewer then asks Kelly if he heard the story about one of the Maximo’s (Spanish Announce Team) wiping a booger on the wall backstage during a WWE tryout match and JBL telling Vince about it and Kelly said he had not. Kelly is asked about Homicide and whether or not he has a shot at making it to the WWF. He said that he is one of those guys who the WWE would say needed to be three inches taller or have a better physique.

Now, Kelly is asked about how he was able to work for ECWA while he was employed by the WWE. Kelly said that he got a tremendous amount of heat for that. He said that he wanted to get involved with the in-ring product after being told by the WWE that he would never be able to do that in the WWE because he had never wrestled. Kelly said that he wanted the experience. He then talks about how he got in trouble because someone from the company saw a picture of him in “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” as a heel. Kelly then talks about how the people in the WWE who hate the wrestling business follow it like marks through Apter mags.

He talks about some of the independent promotions for a bit. Kelly said that Sheldon Goldberg of New England Championship Wrestling is a good creative mind but does not put the effort needed into making his promotion bigger.

Kelly discusses the independent scene now. He said that it started with the nostalgia runs of Tito Santana and Greg Valentine then switched to the Jersey guys like Steve Corino and Ace Darling before transitioning to what is the beginning of Ring of Honor and now back to the nostalgia with ex-ECW guys. Kelly said wrestling has to move forward instead of relying on the past.

On other guys in the Indy scene, Kelly said that Slyk Wagner Brown is a great pure athlete but never wants to sell for the babyface and wants to out-wrestle the face as a heel. He also blames everyone else for when he is at fault too and Kelly said that he does not appear to have the mentality to make it to the next level.

When asked about working for 3PW, Kelly said that it was doomed to fail as the Blue Meanie was too immature to run things and the Rockin’ Rebel, who was the booker, had his own agenda.

Kelly is asked about the Rob Feinstein incident. He first talks about how Rob and Gabe Sapolsky would come to ECWA shows then talked about how he didn’t pay attention to Ring of Honor until the company got pulled from him. When asked about whether or not he thinks Feinstein is a pedophile, Kelly said that he believes grown-ups can make mistakes then tells a story of how when he was 20 years old, his friends 18 year old sister introduced to him to her friend, who he learned afterwards turned out to be only 15 years old. He added that nothing happened between them but bad judgement like that can be used at times.

He goes into being a Born Again Christian and that can have a place in wrestling when asked about working for the Christian Wrestling Entertainment show and how young guys like AJ Styles, Jimmy Yang, Petey Williams, and Matt Sydal.

About the Mohammed Hassan firing, Kelly said that he should have sued the WWE and the UPN network for basically ending his career.

Kelly believes that Brock Lesnar will come back to the WWE. He tells him that he is a farm guy from Minnesota who has different ideals than most people. He tells a story of how during the filming of an interview for “Confidental,” the interviewer was complaining about the noise from the barn swallows. Lesnar asked the host if she wanted him to quiet the birds and when she said yes, Lesnar then took a stick and knocked down the nest then proceeded to pick up the birds and snap their necks. Kelly says that Lesnar is a lot smarter than people give him credit for too.

On the Matt Hardy/Lita/Edge love triangle, Kelly said that the WWE had a chance to make a great angle out of it but blew it then had a cage match with Hardy taking crazy bumps after no one cared.

When asked about Cena, Kelly said that they cut the heart out of his character as the writers got a hold of it and switched from having him rap to making poop jokes.

Kelly tells a story from 2001 when he was almost fired from the WWE on his birthday. Jim Ross called him up and said that business was down then told Kelly he was fired. Kelly then responded by telling Ross that he was going to come in and show them just how much work he did for the company and his job was saved.

He says that he has zero interest in going back to the WWE and adds that they would not want him either. Kelly said that he was perceived as an Indy guy that worked for the WWE rather than a WWE guy.

Final Thoughts: You cannot go wrong with this interview in my opinion. Although I do not necessarily agree with everything he says, Kelly seems honest and sheds a lot of insight into his time in the WWE. For fans of the Attitude Era, you get a lot of information here. I also enjoyed his thoughts of what he was wanting in a wrestler as a scout during this period.

The interview itself tries to follow a timeline but it gets interrupted and sometimes forgotten about. McCaffrey should have taken more command of things. That happened a lot in the beginning of the first disc but it wasn’t too bad here.

You can get the interview for just $10 by clicking on the link below, which is a great deal.

DOI Wrestling Shoot Interview with Kevin Kelly, Disc One

This interview was filmed on September 23rd, 2005

The Interview was conducted by Sean “The Mic” McCaffrey

Disc One runs at one hour and fifty-seven minutes long

Growing up, Kelly said that he was a huge wrestling fan. He grew up watching the WWWF in New York then moved down to Florida when he was about nine years old and watched Championship Wrestling from Florida.

Kelly puts over Graham for being the greatest booker ever and how he could develop characters and long-term storylines that lead him to sellout an 11,000 seat arena in Orlando for 82 weeks in a row.

His all-time favorite angle was when Ole Anderson coerced Dusty Rhodes to trust him to go up against the Russians when they were in Georgia. Kelly said that he got TBS back on TV too.

Back to Florida, Kelly said that he loved the babyface intensity of Mike Graham. He also liked the Brisco Brothers and said that Jos Leduc legitimately frightened him as a child.

Kelly said that he graduated from Florida State University in 1990. After graduation, he worked at a local radio station and they were doing a county fair that involved wrestling. Kelly said that he was looking to get into the business at the time and volunteered to be the ring announcer. The wrestler was a guy named Cliff Anderson, who looked like Arn Anderson, and he booked Kelly for some shows after that. This was in the beginning of 1991.

He then talks about how the wrestling industry was in a transition period in the early 1990’s. Kelly says that the Florida Championship Wrestling office was barely around and a lot of shady independent bookers used false advertisement to sell tickets and that made it tough to sell any tickets afterwards.

Kelly was the announcer for the International Wrestling Federation, which filmed at Universal Studios. Kelly said that he was terrible as a ring announcer at first, constantly relying on announcing caches and not being able to tell a story in the ring. Kelly said that they filmed about 40 episodes before the promotion went under. He then said that Rob Van Dam, The Smoking Gunns, and Mondo Kleen (Damien Demento) all started out there.

He then said talks about how he got into the WWF. In 1994, he sent in a tape of himself to Bruce Prichard but never heard anything and also never bothered to update his phone number for Prichard to reach him. Kelly said that he was friends with Billy Gunn and kept in touch with him and one day, while contemplating leaving the wrestling business due to not making money and his first child on the way, he called Gunn. Also at this time, he got a call from a guy he knew to warm up the crowds at MGM Studios before WCW shows. While at the studios during his audition, Kelly’s pager went off and it was Gunn, who told him that Prichard saw his tape and been trying to contact him for the past several months to be an announcer. He called Prichard and told him he was at a WCW Show. Prichard asked him if he signed a contract and Kelly had not so he went to the WWF. Kelly thought he bombed in his audition.

He talks about how Kevin Dunn hated him and how they did not get along. He said that a month after he got there, JJ Dillon quit then Jim Ross took over for talent relations.

About office politics, Kelly said he stayed by himself and would pick the agents brains so he could learn. He does talk about Vince constantly having closed door meetings with Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and the Ultimate Warrior.

Kelly talked about how he used to drive around Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah and how he learned a lot from them and they were hysterical. Kelly said that he really liked Chyna, who was never the same once she broke up with HHH.

When asked about Bret, Kelly said that he made a lot of money off of the “Montreal Incident.” He also said that Bret had an inferiority complex as he was always the second choice as he was never as big as Hogan, not as charismatic as Shawn, and not as good as Curt Hennig in he ring. Kelly puts over Hennig for working with a herniated disk at SummerSlam to wrestle a twenty-two minute match with Bret. Kelly does say he feels sorry for Bret and the dysfunction in his family.

About the Kliq, Kelly said that Kevin Nash & Scott Hall just left before he came into the WWF. Kelly said that Vince was hurt when they left and Kelly told him that he was loyal. He mentions how HHH was originally going to win the “King of the Ring” tournament if not for the “Curtain Call” incident at Madison Square Garden. Kelly also talks about producers and TV people saying that the Kliq were all assholes back then and treated them and especially Chris Candido and Sunny all like shit and how they made it difficult for the backstage crew to come into work day after day as they were all treated terribly by them. He adds that the only redeeming quality about Kevin Nash was that he was tall when asked about his run as Champion.

On the creative process when he first started with the company, Kelly said that the writers would all meet at Vince’s home. Back then they filmed four weeks worth of shows in a night for the RAW tapings then another four weeks worth at the Superstars tapings. At the time, it was Jim Cornette and Bruce Prichard who met with Vince.

Kelly was asked about the Pillman/Austin angle with the gun (Kelly is wearing a Pillman t-shirt) and Kelly said that he thought it was wild and great. The interviewer brings up how Al Isaacs from the Scoops hated it as Kelly said the whole angle was groundbreaking and opened up the creative envelope. Kelly really liked Pillman but knew he was in a lot of pain and knew that is time was short and the pain would never go away. The interviewer brings up the Canadian Stampede ten-man tag match as Kelly calls it the perfect main event PPV match.

He talks about how Shawn Michaels was a dick back then and was always fucked up on pills but today he has changed completely. Kelly truly believes that Shawn finding religion saved his life and he is easy to deal with today.

When asked about 1996 Survivor Series, Kelly said that it was a terrible show. They built up Rocky Maivia for several weeks through vignettes and Shawn was in a very dark place at that show and flipped off the fans at one point.

On the 1997 Royal Rumble, Kelly talks about how they had to run out and get him Pedialyte because he was vomiting non-stop and calls it an awesome performance.

Kelly talks about how WCW had the nWo and they had the Godwinns and The Stalker and other garbage but still had Undertaker, Shawn, Bret, and Stone Cold.

Regarding the Undertaker, Kelly said that he demands respect out of everyone and how all of the backstage workers would go up and shake his hands and say hello to him. He said you get what you give with the Undertaker and he is generally respectful to people.

He is asked about Sid main-eventing WrestleMania 13 because of Shawn “losing his smile.”. Kelly said that no one was going to follow Bret/Austin anyway. The interviewer asks about the possibility of Bret going in as the champion with Austin winning the belt and Kelly said that would have been way too soon as they still needed the babyface on the chase and the turn had to happen so the chase for the belt became Austin vs. The Establishment.

When asked about the “Monday Night War” at that time, Kelly said that it was a massacre as WCW was kicking their ass. He talks about in February 1997, they called a meeting and the room was silent until Vince Russo stood up. The interviewer then stops Kelly and said that he will get back to this question later.

Now, Kelly is asked about the “Montreal Incident.” Kelly tells the story and how he was there covering the story with AOL. Russo was working with Vince for TV that week and told Kelly what was going on at the show and that Bret was leaving and balking at every idea they gave him. Apparently, Vince McMahon had Russo pick up the receiver at the other end when he was speaking with Bret over the phone. Kelly said he went to Stamford the day after the show and missed the TV taping the following day. Kelly then said it had to happen though.

He is asked about Shawn bringing out the mini Bret Hart. Kelly then talks about how he loves midgets then talks about how Vader kept bitching about the mini Vader as Goldust and Mick Foley loved the mini versions of themselves and would be taking pictures with them. This leads to Kelly talking about Vader was a miserable bastard while in the WWF.

Kelly talks about how rich Vince is and how he never goes to gas stations and has a service that comes to his house to fill the tank in his car.

About the Rock, Kelly said that the fans shitting on him and the “Die Rocky Die” chants really bothered him. This leads to a discussion of Rock ragging on him in his promos and how he called him “Hermie” and Kelly felt that was an insult aimed at him by writer Brian Gewirtz, who he calls a “comic book guys” and someone who he does not respect because they see wrestlers as beneath them.

Kelly tells a story of working in Florida with the Rocky Johnson (The Rock’s dad) at a show in a flea market in Florida. The Rock, who played for the University of Miami at the time, came to the show with his dad and made the save. Kelly added that he always jokes with the Rock that he can always get him booked at that flea market if he needs work.

When asked, Kelly said that Rock was better at promos than Austin. Kelly then talks about how Brian Lee came up with a lot of Austin’s material for promos and that was how he got his stuff. Kelly said that Rock also took stuff like “rudypoo” from Iceman King Parsons in Memphis then adds about how most people get their best stuff from others. Kelly also thinks that Austin was never comfortable on the mic.

When asked about the WrestleMania 15 main event, Kelly thought that Mick Foley should have been involved as part of a three-way with Austin and Rock. Kelly said how Shawn Michaels was around at the time and Austin went to him and said that he didn’t want Mick in the main event then Shawn went to Vince and said it should be Austin vs. Rock as the main event. Kelly said when the decision was made, Mick’s wife Collette was at the TV taping and she was crying as Mick got screwed out of a huge payday. Kelly talks about Austin being a different guy at that time and was becoming paranoid and as a result became political. When asked if he was as bad as Shawn in regards to the backstage politics, Kelly said that he was. Kelly said it was because he was getting on that “G” (GHB I assume) and how that was big in the locker room and that it changes you.

Kelly said that he was not that close to Owen Hart as they did not want the office guys to mingle with the wrestlers. He was watching the show on a camera and knew he fell once they cut to the crowd. He then talks about how he had to go on next and interview Debra McMichael and Jeff Jarrett for the match as Debra was sobbing with he and Jeff almost in tears as they did not know he was dead until a half-hour later and no one knew he died once he hit the ring. When they found out Owen was dead, they were getting ready for the main event. He said that the tribute RAW for Owen was done perfectly then talks about how it was hard for Austin to honor him with the beer at the show because once you crossed him, he would never forgive you. Kelly talks about how Austin never forgave Jarrett for treating him like shit in Memphis and would never work a program with him as a result.

He is asked about HHH rising to the top of the WWF. Kelly said that his evolution was interesting and that he had a lot of injury problems in the beginning of his career and that he underwent an experimental knee surgery from James Andrews that worked. He then said that he became who he was from the lessons he learned by hanging around with his friends in the company.

Kelly said that he came up with the idea for the wedding chapel payoff for the HHH/Stephanie/Test love triangle. He said that he was in bed with his wife one night and came up with the idea. Kelly said that his wife followed the shows and that they were both huge soap opera fans to begin with, calling it his favorite element in wrestling. He then sent the idea in an email to Vince who replied in all capital letters “GREAT SHIT.”

On Billy Gunn, Kelly said that he was the best natural athlete he has ever seen in wrestling and puts over how he saw him beat guys in races with his wrestling boots. When asked why he did not get over as a singles star, Kelly said he was never comfortable on the mic.

Kelly said that he has tremendous respect for Mick Foley because he was never Vince’s idea of what a great wrestler should be and that Jim Ross was why he even got into the WWF to begin with. Kelly then talks about how one night on RAW, Mick came backstage after his segment and Vince gave him a hug and told Mick that no matter what, he is part of the family.

On HHH as the heel entering and leaving WrestleMania 2000 as the champion, Kelly thought it was the right decision as it was getting formulaic with the face always winning the belt at Mania.

He is asked about Kurt Angle. Kelly puts him over for picking up the business as quick as anyone else he has ever seen.

Kelly is then asked about Taz debuting in at the Royal Rumble. He said they dropped the ball as it was a great moment but they knew he was going to get buried because of his height. He also said that guys like Bradshaw made sure he never had a chance.

He is asked about a few other workers. Kelly said that he was backstage after the Acolytes faced Public Enemy. He said that PE went over and shook the hands of the Acolytes after the match and there was no ill-will between them.  He did say that Bradshaw always had a chip on his shoulder and that deep down inside he thinks he is a good person but can be a narrow-minded bully.

Kelly briefly talks about Heyman and how he was on the WWF payroll as far back as 1996, making $1,000 a week. He said he was not shocked when ECW went under as they all knew it was going to happen.

On WCW closing, Kelly does not believe that Russo killed WCW. When asked about Russo needing to be filtered by Vince McMahon in the WWF, Kelly said that Vince is a lousy writer but the greatest editor as he can turn a great idea in gold and a terrible idea into something.

He talks about Jim Ross and says that while he was a great announcer, he was a rotten boss. Kelly said that he was always cranky and could not make the people that worked for him better. Kelly does attribute some of that to how hard Ross was working at the time.

Kelly was not on the road at the time but from all of the reports he heard all of the WCW guys were looked down upon when they entered the WWF.

When asked about Wrestlemania X-7, Kelly said that the next night began the downward spiral as Austin turned heel and the Rock left the company to go to Hollywood and the company lost their two top babyfaces on the same night. Kelly also said that Austin should have turned a year sooner.

Now, Kelly talks about how the WCW guys were used when they came in and said they should have let them be who they were in WCW and since they owned the footage, they could have shown the fans clips and highlights of them to get familiarized with them. Kelly also would have had DDP as a face.

Kelly said he never thought that RVD would ever work for the WWF and still does not think that he fits in with the company. Kelly then said that if they let RVD be himself, he could become a superstar.

He then speaks about all of the belts in the company when they bought out WCW and how they never bothered to get them over and said that they would combine them to pop a rating for a show then talks about how the short-sighted booking has the product where it is today.

Final Thoughts: This was good stuff. My only problems were with the interviewer. Although knowledgeable, he was difficult to understand a majority of the time. It was like he was talking with marbles in his mouth. For Howard Stern fans, he sounded like a quieter version of JD Harmeyer.

However, Kelly was an awesome guest. He was willing to talk and not afraid to hold back. Seeing as how he said in the interview that he would never go back to the WWE, he told it like it is instead of trying to get his job back. Kelly also provided great insight into the backstage happenings during the hottest period in the history of wrestling.

Disc Two will be posted tomorrow.

Here is my schedule for the next several days

Friday: DOI Shoot Interview with Kevin Kelly, Disc Two
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/19/86
Saturday: RoH Final Battle 12/28/02
Sunday: WWF Houston Summit House Show 10/19/86
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/25/86
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

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The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 16 – Featuring Rob Conway & Ray Rowe

On episode 16 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about the current news and notes in the world of Ring of Honor and is also joined by Ring of Honor’s Ray Rowe, who was just injured and knocked out of action by a motorcycle accident. Ray talks about the details of his tough accident, his aspirations to return to the ring, his upcoming surgery, health status and prognosis, how War Machine got started plus more.
Kevin then discusses all of the fallout from SummerSlam, including where the company is headed with Brock Lesnar, the Bella Twins, Dean Ambrose and more!
Kevin and Justin then run through the Trending Topics of the day before closing out the show with a chat with NWA World Champion Rob Conway. Rob discusses his time in OVW, the concept behind a developmental system and the transition to the main roster, his WWE stint with La Resistance, his back up plan to his wrestling career, how he ended up on the Indy circuit amongst other topics.
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The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 15 – Featuring Dale Arnold

On episode 14 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about TNA’s future, how to fix WWE Network and wrestling and a whole lot more.
Kevin is then joined by Dale Arnold, co-host of WEEI’s Dale & Holley Show, Boston Bruins analyst and diehard wrestling fan. Dale chats about calling pro sports, radio broadcasting vs. TV, his brief stint as a wrestling ring announcer, how he became a wrestling fan, his thoughts on WWE Network and much more.
Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of “Build the WWE Network”, talk the Arizona Diamondbacks brand of baseball, lava lamps and the always hot trending stories.

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 14 – Featuring Danny Cage

On episode 14 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about Kevin Steen, Dean Ambrose, Rusev & Putin, KENTA, John Cena going Hollywood and much more.
Kevin is then joined by Danny Cage, owner of the world famous Monster Factory. Danny talks about how he took over the Factory, his recent graduate Steve Cutler that is currently in NXT, his current crop of trainees, his tenets for trainees to follow and much more.
Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of “Who Would You Take” and also chat NBA Free Agency, WWE Network and the always hot trending stories.

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 13 – Featuring Mike Mondo

On episode 13 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about WWE’s Road to SummerSlam, the company’s claim that John Cena is the greatest WWE Champion of all time, the future of Cesaro and much more.

Kevin is then joined by Mike Mondo. Mike talks about his path to WWE, his time training at NYWC, working with the Spirit Squad, his status with ROH and a whole lot more.

Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of wrestling urban legend sleaze thread “true or false” and also break down NBA free agency, Brock Lesnar’s path to WrestleMania and the always hot trending stories.

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 13 – Featuring Mike Mondo

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 12 – Featuring Maria Kanellis

Keep enjoying the drama below with Davey Boy Scherer and his pooch and lawsuits… but do so while listening to a great interview with Maria Kanellis plus wrestling and sports talk!

On episode 12 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about achieving his ultimate goal of calling the action on pay-per-view at ROH Best in the World. Justin shares his thoughts on the event and the guys preview WWE Money in the Bank this weekend.

Kevin is then joined by “The First Lady of ROH,” Maria Kanellis who chats about her wrestling and modeling career along with her endless wedding planning with her fiance, Mike Bennett. She also touches on her current acting projects and a possible move to the Ocean State?

Kevin and Justin then discuss the greatest factions in wrestling history, play a game of wrestling urban legend sleaze thread “true or false” and also speculate on the futures of Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, the prospects in the NBA Draft, World Cup talk and much more!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 12 – Featuring Maria Kanellis