• 09/03/2013 (5:37:23 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

Former ECW personality Lou D’Angeli (aka Sign Guy Dudley and Lou E. Dangerously) recently took part in a Q&A.  D’Angeli spoke on a number of topics including : Is he a Paul Heyman guy ? His thoughts on John Cena, the Attitude Era and much more. Here are some highlights:
Are you a Paul Heyman guy? 100%…I am also a Tommy Dreamer guy….a Raven guy….and a Taz guy….with the 4 of them I would have never caught break in the wrestling business.
What are your thoughts about John Cena? John is a great guy. Having worked with him in WWE I know first-hand what he does for that company and the dedication and drive he has to get it done. His contributions to Make-A-Wish are second to none. I can honestly say Cena is the perfect role-model in the business right now.
When you think back, how much of WWE’s Attitude Era is owed to what you guys were already doing in ECW? A lot of it…and due to the popularity of shoot interviews, etc…it’s a fact and not a theory you know? People saw what we were doing and brought it to national TV before we could. The “Attitude Era” for WWE was insanely popular obviously…and given they still continue to bring some of the main-event guys from that time back into the fold now…they must feel the same way.
What are your thoughts about WWE PG? Well…I worked there so I know how important that rating is to retain sponsorships, etc…personally I think more edgy would be great however they are a business and for their business PG works.

Do you think “Hardcore Wrestling” has a place on the world today? Really if the brand is just hardcore it becomes boring quickly…like I said earlier you need a balance…you need to have a show with traditional angles, high spot guys, hardcore, the girls, and really good storylines…to me that is the recipe to at least get a good diverse product going…it was the formula for ECW and I think people forget that…ECW wasn’t always hardcore…it had a balance…every show was a balance and that’s why it worked.

How different of a dynamic was ECW from WWE? No comparison. Everything from the way the office was run to the booking to the travel to the schedules to the production to the atmosphere…everything was a polar opposite…

Short Sleeve Sampson, one of wrestling’s most recognizable ‘Midget’ wrestlers and star of Hulk Hogans Micro Championship Wrestling announced on Monday that he will be embarking on a 40 city Farewell Retirement tour beginning October 1st. Sampson, who turned 40 last month, said wrestling has opened the doors to several new opportunities in other fields of entertainment that he has always wanted to pursue. Sampson said at the age of forty, he is still in the best shape of his life and now is the time to try new things.
Short Sleeve Sampson has had an amazing wrestling career appearing many times as himself as well as portraying several WWE parody characters on WWE RAW and WWE Smackdown. He has also appeared on several occasions for the Nashville based TNA. His career has also reached into TV and sitcoms appearing on shows such as Jerry Springer and NBC’s ‘Here & Now’ as well as ABC’s the Family Channel.
Sampson has been featured on several documentaries for CMT, History Channel, the Travel channel, A&E Network, and this fall he will be on National Geographic International. He has also done promotional work for Fox's Childs Play Movie and Universal Studio's Despicable Me appearing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Short Sleeve Sampson has become by far one of the most loved and recognizable Midget wrestlers in the world. Sampson said it is because of wrestling and the fans that he is able to pursue his dreams and this is why he wants to set out on this Farewell Tour to say thank you to all the fans and promoters who have supported him over the years. Since he turned forty this year, he fills 40 is the magic number for the tour.
If you would like to book Short Sleeve Sampson’s Farewell Retirement Tour for your event, promoters are advised to contact immediately as these dates will fill up fast. To book Short Sleeve Sampson, you may contact him through his email at [email protected] or thru his official facebook page

On this week's episode of MLW Radio, hosted by AAA booker Konnan, former WWE creative executive Court Bauer
and MSL, the trio discuss a variety of topics, including the time WWE attempted to buy the AAA lucha libre
organization in Mexico.  Bauer, a former member of the WWE inner circle, spoke about WWE's plans for international
expansion in 2007:

"They went in there [Mexico] with big, big ambitious plans a few years ago. They wanted to do a lot of business
down in Mexico and then obviously those plans scaled back and they haven't run in two or so years down there." 

Konnan, AAA's matchmaker, offered an inside perspective on what took place during the negotiations between
WWE and AAA:

"I know exactly what happened because we had to live through it. We had a meeting. I've never talked about this.
We had somebody from WWE actually come and having a meeting with me and Dorian, who is the son of the
owner. We had a meeting with somebody from WWE and they came and offered to buy AAA. He was really cool.
He was like, 'We want to buy AAA.' Dorian was like, 'We're not really for sale, but we'll listen.'"

"They wanted to buy 51% of the company. I was like, 'Dude, do not do that because these [guys], the minute
they don't like something, they're going to get rid of us.' I said why doesn't Vince just buy 50% or 49%? They said
Vince doesn't like to go into partnership with anybody and doesn't want to be asking for permission for anything. I
asked what would happen to us. They said, 'As you can see, we're having trouble running WWE as it is and we're
trying to expand into Europe. We don't really know what we're doing in Mexico, so you guys would stay in power.'"

"We excused ourselves to go to the bathroom and I said that's BS. The minute we do something they don't like,
they're going to change it and there's nothing we can do about it. We can't give them this type of power, which
he understood. He told them we wouldn't sell that much of the company."

The new episode of MLW Radio is available for free at and on iTunes (search: MLW Radio), along
with episodes featuring Chris Jericho, The Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, Billy Corgan, MVP, former WWE writers and
many others. New episodes of MLW Radio are released each and every Sunday night on

Lucky 13 End of Summer Brooklyn Deal


Lucky 13 Promotions and K&S Wrestlefest is pleased to have WWE wrestling legend with us on Sat., Oct 5th at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe NJ. Appearing with us will be WWE Legend Steve Lombardi.


Lombardi has been apart of the WWE since in 1983.  During his run in the WWE he competed as The Brooklyn Brawler, KimChee, Doink the Clown, and Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz (also known as MVP Most Valuable Player).  Lombardi was a member of the Heenan family and even took Bobby Heenan match against the Red Rooster Terry Taylor at WrestleMania 5.


To celebrate the end of summer and the great career of Steve Lombardi we are have a limited time only a special limited time only Encyclopedia deal is in place for his Oct 5 autograph signing at Legends of the Ring


For $50 fans can get 5 entries signed in 1 Encyclopedia.


The Entries that can be signed are:

--Brooklyn Brawler

--Heenan Family

--Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz

--Doink the Clown



A total saving of $25.


For all details please visit:





Thanks to Mike Informer for this link on Terry Funk



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