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1. At what age did you start watching wrestling?
My earliest memories come from the age of five, so I started young.
2. Who were your favorite wrestlers when you began watching?
Growing up in the northeast, I was a WWF guy. I only became aware of NWA wrestling being forced to watch it at my grandparents house each weekend when we would visit. But I was a little Hulkamaniac back in the day. Macho Man was a favorite of mine as well, as were teams like Demolition and the Hart Foundation. So many colorful characters.
3. Do you have a favorite match of all time?
Hands down, the 1992 Royal Rumble. But if I had to pick a singles match, Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 25.
4. Do you have a favorite moment?
I still get goosebumps watching Steve Austin driving that Zamboni into the Joe Louis Arena. The crowd was just so damn electric. But really, it's impossible to choose just one. There's been so many.
5. What is your favorite 'Era'?
You tend to romanticize about your childhood, so I'm quite fond of the late 80's/early 90's WWF, with 1992 standing out to me in particular. That was a great year. Of course, I also enjoyed the Monday Night Wars. If I had to choose, I'd go with those earlier years though. It was just a simpler time with larger than life characters, Zubaz pants and Vince McMahon pastel suits.
6. You host 'The Sound Off' every week. What made you decide to create your own wrestling podcast?
I was sitting on the bus to work one day and it was just an idea that I had. I wanted to help create some original content for my friend's wrestling news site. I still remember the day I pitched the idea to him, it was on 9/11. Two months later, we launched the show. This November marks the show's five year anniversary.
My favorite Sound Off has yet to be created. The best is yet to come. But I *am* partial to Episode 212 from WrestleMania in Miami. That was a lot of fun.
8. Where do you see the business heading in the next decade?
Probably up and down. That seems to be the pattern over the years. Wrestling will always be around in some way, shape or form. It's not going away.
|The Solomonster with Daniel Bryan.|
9. If you could book a match between two stars living or dead, who would it be? And why?
CM Punk and Brian Pillman, pre-car accident while he was still in the prime of his Loose Cannon gimmick. Just think of the promos alone! Any two guys can have a great wrestling match, but it takes real talent to *talk* people into the arenas.
10. Anything you would like to plug?
The "Solomonster Sounds Off" runs weekly on SEScoops.com, usually on Sundays. You can also subscribe for free in iTunes and win a lollipop. Follow along with my inane ramblings on Twitter @solomonster. There's a link for Facebook up there as well. I don't do Myspace nor do I have any intention of Touting, so don't ask me.
|Ringside at WrestleMania 28.|
I would like to thank The Solomonster for his time, and agreeing to the interview. It's always really cool to be able to connect with people through a mutual love of wrestling. If you've never listened to 'The Solomonster Sounds Off', I must ask, what are you doing with your life? But it's OK, you can correct this terrible mistake by heading over to iTunes, and get yourself caught up on the podcast. I've listened to every episode that is available online, and they are always entertaining.
Be sure to check back next week for my Q&A with Larry Dallas. Many of you know him as the manager of The Scene in Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE. He recently returned from a tour of Japan, so expect some insight on his experiences there. Until then, keep it Kayfabe.