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Dr Death

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INTERVIEWED BY Steve Urena
June 9, 2006

Dr. Death

SU:When were you first exposed to wrestling?

SW: It was 1982 I used to watch AWA Verne Gagne's company when I played
football on Saturdays it would come on in Denver Colorado and I would watch
it if it was on but at that time I was never interested in becoming a
professional wrestler.

SU: Who were some of the wrestlers you enjoyed when AWA came on?

SW: Whenever AWA came on I would always remember just watching the Vachon
brothers. Both of them would have bald heads and big old beards and they
were real big in Denver Colorado. Those were the only ones. Like I said I
was never really into pro wrestling when I was growing it up. It would just
psyche me up before a football game

SU: Upon training early on in your career what was the most valuable
thing that you have learned?

SW: The Best thing I ever learned from Bill Watts was learn to protect our
business and have respect for our business and how much of an art wrestling
truly is. This is something the boys don't understand now in the generation
today they take it for granted. When I started in the business everything
was like a fraternity, like a family, we took care of each other and took
care of our business and we wouldn't get on the internet after each match
and tell everyone how good I did. Oh I did a triple moonsault off the top
rope. I beat Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Rock. We didn't have that kind
of stuff. We just went town to town and drove about four hundred or five
hundred miles a night and we just kicked butt
SU: Your nickname is Dr. Death where did that nickname Originate?

SW: The nickname originated in Lakewood Colorado in my Junior high amateur
match I would always use a throw in amateur wrestling called the Japanese
Wizard and when I did it I brought the guys arm up and it bopped me in the
face and shattered my nose. Finally I went out to stop the match because I
was bleeding so much that a second coach from another school called Smoky
Hills gave me an old time goalie hockey mask so when I went out for the
match somebody yelled out Dr. Death and from there on its been stuck with me
ever since.


SU: Speaking of School you played football there and had a very strong
athletic career what are some of your favorite memories from your football
games and wrestling matches?

SW: Probably that would be going to the Orange Bowl three times as well as
playing with Billy Simms, Herschel Walker, J.C Watts,him and Doug Flutie
were with the New Jersey Generals or when I played pro. Herschel Walker was
a first class guy. when they were with the New Jersey Generals I am so
blessed to be able to have played with some of the great athletes

SU: Do you still follow football and what are some of your favorite teams to
watch?

SW: I always watched the Denver Broncos and the Oklahoma Sooners that's for
sure. Sometimes I watch the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys

SU: Any particular favorite players at all when watching football?

SW: Well I like when the offensive players gets to pull you know and
that's what I used to do and get to smash the offensive tackle or the
defensive tight end or a linebacker that's a look out block you get to slap
them before you even know what hit them'

SU: What was a typical training day like for you training to be a pro
wrestler I have read various things that said you were trained by Bill
Watts?


SW: 'Bill Watts did not train me. Billy Starr and The Turk. I had to wrestle
at a boys club here in Shreveport, Louisiana. I had to wrestle in a building
that was one hundred and ten degree temperature and I used to run the ropes
and I used to crush my toes in the ring but what I really learned being
teamed with some of the greats like Ted Dibiase and working against King
Kong Bundy, Terry Taylor, Hacksaw Jim Duggan' I am glad I had a chance to
have worked with some of the all time greats.


SU: You spent the beginning years of your career in Mid South Wrestling what
was it like working there and your favorite moment there?

SW; Well I have to tell ya Steve. Mid South Wrestling was the greatest
territory around. I think everyone can vouch that for me. They had
storylines that people would turn in next week and they were believable. I
guess the coolest memory was being teamed up with Ted Dibiase and being the
tag team champions of Mid South and definitely one of the greatest
experiences was being tagged up with Andre the Giant


SU: What was it like teaming with Ted Debiase?

SW: Great Guy. He was a great guy a great coach and I definitely learned a
lot from him.

SU: When Mid South Wrestling was renamed UWF was it any different then
before and what was it like winning their world and Tag Team titles?

SW: No when the name change happened it wasn't different at all it stayed
the same. We just changed the name because we were becoming worldwide and
expanding.

SU: Thoughts on Jim Crockett and were you sad when Mid South got bought
out by the NWA?

SW: When Jim Crockett bought it they just destroyed Mid South. I was
supposed to have a unification match with Ric Flair because I had the World
heavyweight Title of the UWF and it happened one time and Ric Flair was so
scared to death of working against me that he talked to Jim Crockett and put
the nix on keeping the UWF title, but im the one who retired it I got it
sitting here in my office.

SU: Then you began wrestling in the NWA what was your first initial
reaction when you first stepped through the curtain to an NWA ring?

SWworking against guys like Barry Windham and the Four Horsemen and then
going against the Varsity Club it was great in doing the Bashes in the
summer when we used to perform in front of sell out crowds just those times
were awesome.

SU: What made you decide to go to All Japan Wrestling during the Early
1990s?

SW: Well first I started with New Japan and I had a great opporotunity to
work against Antonio Inoki and the reunion over in Dallas and he offered me
a job then all of a sudden me and Terry Gordy got up top and decided to
form a team and I was the only American ever to work for two major japanese
companies and I ran it like I wanted to run it and finally the greatest
boss I ever worked for: Giant Baba. He paid me enough money for me to work
with him and me and Terry Gordy ruled All Japan Tag Team Titles for five
years straight.

SU: Which fans do you prefer the American or Japanese fans?

SW: Japanese fans because they respect the business. They view it as a
sport and not taken as entertainment as it is now.

SU: How did you meet Terry Gordy and who decided to put you two together?

SU: Thoughts on Terry Gordy?

SW: Terry Gordy and myself in Japan we worked very very hard against one
another. We entertained the Japanese people and it was like an everynight
deal we would go out there and work our tails off. We didn't need a script
or work before the match and try to come up with a match me and Terry were
like Brothers we can think together and we would have each others back it
was good to work with a guy like Terry Gordy I miss him a lot and it was
great to work with a great person and great brother of mine.


SW: We met through a good friend of ours a reporter from one of the
magazines and we went to the Hard Rock Café had a cocktail and decided to
put the team together we knew we were invincible and we knew we could
control it so we did.

SU :Favorite Match tagging with Terry Gordy?

SW: It would have to be going against Misawa and Kenta Kobashi

SU: You then returned to All Japan then to the WWF how did you come to
working for them ?

SW: Jim Ross begged me to come back to the United States and begged me to
come and work for Vince. I decided to and they said I would have a 6 month
run with Stone Cold then they came up with the Brawl For All.



SU: Your thoughts on Vince Mcmahon?

SW: He is the greatest promoter in the world. Look at him he owns wrestling
in the United States but I think he is kicking himself in the butt right
now because he made the mistake of buying out the companies and he doesn't
have any rivalries or competition.

SU: Why do you think were you released from the WWF?

SW: Vince likes a new car not a used car and when I tore my Hamstring from
my Butt muscle. Vince looked at me as a damaged car. He didn't think I could
come back and perform but I proved to everybody that I could and im still
the only Dr. Death around and that ever will be

SU: You have had several finishers how come some of them weren't used as
much in the U.S?

SW: Well it was the Saito Power bomb and I learned that I think off of
Terry Taylor as he used it in the WWE and he used to do it and I grabbed it
and called it the Dr. Bomb but if your talking about the dangerous backdrop
side suplex I used that is the most dangerous move in the business today. I
can put someone out and knock someone out because it's a shooting move.

SU: When you went to WCW they had new management what did you think of Vince
Russo and Ed Ferrara?

SW: Vince Russo is a wannabe in our business he'll never become anything out
of it. Ed Ferrara though was an ok guy I enjoyed working with him'

SU: What did you think of pairing with Oklahoma to parody Jim Ross?

SW:' It was just to get back at Jim for what they did to me and they just
played it out. Professional wrestling is a cut throat business and its sad
the way it is sometimes that happened but there are no hard feelings we are
the best of friends and we talk and email each other all the time.

SU: How did you meet Jim Ross?

SW: It was in Mid South through the Oklahoma people he lives down there
and he loves it to death?

SU: What did you think when WCW closed down its doors in 2001?

SW: I was sad to see that Vince was going to control it all for the most
part.


SU:What do you think of the State of Wrestling now?

SW: I think that they should start using more of the legends to teach the
young kids so they can turn it around. I just got done training in Atlanta
in the UWF the developmental kids I see some good kids they just need to be
taught the right way this business is an art and they must know that

SU: Do you watch TNA at all and have you been in talks with them?

SW: I talk to Terry Taylor a lot I don' know why Jeff doesn't like me or
just doesn't want to use me but maybe somebody will realize its their loss
not mine. They are trying to come up and I wish them the best.

SU: thoughts on the new ECW emerging?

SW: Its going to bring some competition and ECW will bring that out of the
WWE. It's a change in the business and It definitely needs something right
now.

SU: You suffered from Throat cancer and announced it in late 2004 how have
you been doing and can you update the public on your condition?

SW: Steve right now I am so blessed. God loves me to death Ive been going
through a lot with this cancer situation. Right now I have already been in
the ring I did a bunkhouse brawl match last Saturday night. Nobody thought I
would ever come back but I proved them wrong because I know its an art and
that I can still entertain people. Im doing real well Im getting my name out
there doing my testimony and doing motivational talks and I went out there
to wrestle with Harley Race and he set me up with people to do some golf
tournaments. Im going this month to Tulsa to get my testimony to boys club
and a church. I got a book coming out next January so let everyone know
Steve that its coming out. The title is Dr. Death becomes Dr. Life.



SU: Thoughts on backyard wrestling?

SW: not into it


SU: When will you return next to the ring?

SW: That would be Tulsa in August I believe.

SU: brightest star in wrestling?

SW: Orton. He has the brightest career of the younger generation he looks
great and he does fantastic. For a shooter Kurt angle is definitely one of
the greatest.

SU: Any advice to aspiring pro wrestlers?

SW: Respect the business don' try to be a backyard wrestler be smart about
it it's a cutthroat business it can be changed but have respect for it don't
think its just a game because it aint. The guys now think its just a game
it's a job man you got to study it and work hard at it and give it all in
the ring each night whether its ten or a million you have to give it all you
got.

SU Anything else you would like to add?


SW: I just wish everyone to check out my website at
www.oklastampede.com and look for my book it has some great stories and
pictures I'll tell ya how I became a pro wrestler and how I did and how I
became a cancer survivor and how I gave my life to Christ and how good God
really is and there is a God Amen.

6/9/06

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