Post by Robert Lotti on Feb 27, 2020 23:01:05 GMT -5
Welcome to another edition of the No Punched Pulled interview series. This time around it is former NYWC ring announcer Jason Linnick.
RL: Were you a wrestling fan growing up? JL: I was a huge wrestling fan growing up. In the era of Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior, it was hard not to be.
RL: How did you find out about NYWC? JL: I had a friend who was friends with Ryan Rush.
RL: What were your initial impressions of NYWC shows? JL: I was hooked! Loved the initimate atmosphere and the interactive nature of it all.
RL: How did Signed Up come about? JL: It was a time when everyone was doing something on YouTube. IT was just me wanting to be a part of it and to help promete NYWC.
RL: What made you decide you wanted to ring announce? JL: I had worked for the Long Island Ducks for a few years prior and I knew my experience there, paired with my love of wrestling would be the perfect match for ring announcing.
Post by Robert Lotti on Feb 28, 2020 20:16:29 GMT -5
RL: What were your initial impressions of Curse, Mikey Whipwreck, & Shane? Did anyone give you any pointers about ring announcing? JL: All three guys were as nice can be. Obviously as a new ring announcer I was nervous but, they constantly gsve me pointers and things to work on. I owe a lot to them.
RL: What are your memories of Larry Legend? JL: Larry is my mentor! One of my biggest supporters who helped me into ring announcing. Like Curse, Shane, Mikey, & Forge, I owe a great deal to Larry. He's a good friend in and out of the ring to this day.
RL: What are your memories of The Big O? JL: He was always nice to me and a fun guy to be around.
RL: What are your memories of Forge? JL: As I said a moment ago, Forge was a big supporter of mine as both Sign Guy and as a ring announcer. Like Larry, he'll always be a good friend of mine.
RL: What are your memories of Papadon? JL: Always put up with my shenanigans as Sign Guy and put me through my paces as an announcer too. Another nice guy that I'm always glad to see.
Post by Robert Lotti on Mar 1, 2020 13:53:12 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Francis Kipland Stevens? JL: Kip Kip Hooray! Can't say a bad thing about Kip. Gave me pointers and guidance and I definitely aprreciated it.
RL: What are your memories of DJ Phat Pat? JL: My first sign ever was for Phat Pat & Kenny Royal. I guess I have him to thank for the beginning of this journey.
RL: What are your memories of the late Crusher Doogan? JL: Crusher Brown, Hello Crusher! What more can I say? So sorry I didn't get a chance to see him one more time. Miss him dearly. A true legend of NYWC.
RL: What are your memories of James McGrady? JL: Happy for all his success. Had a dream and followed it. He's Jumboman!
RL: What are your memories of Stockade? JL: One of my first guests on NYWC Livewire and another staple of NYWC. Great wrestler!
RL: What are your memories of Apollyon? JL: One of the best big men in wrestling today. Nice as can be behind the scenes too.
Post by Robert Lotti on Mar 2, 2020 22:16:30 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Rex Lawless? JL: A fun guy to be around. Could be serious one minute and laughing/joking around the next.
RL: What are your memories of Tony Nese? JL: Happy for all his success. It was a long time coming and well deserved.
RL: What are your memories of Mike Mondo? JL: If I'm not mistaken, my first former WWE guy I ever announced for. Was nervous as all hell but he's such a cool guy. Happy to have gotten to know him outside of NYWC as well.
RL: What are your memories of DJ Hyde? JL: Carries himself very well. Polite, nice. A good guy.
RL: What are your memories of King Mega? JL: Like Stockade, he's an NYWC staple. Can't imagine going to a show and not seeing him. Like everyone else on this list, not a bad thing to say about him.
Post by Robert Lotti on Mar 3, 2020 21:29:12 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Dickie Rodz? JL: Rack & Sack! Lots of personality and very cool.
RL: How did NYWC Livewire come about? JL: Signed Up had run its course and I wanted to take things to a new level. Bryan Edelman & I teamed up to give fans and NYWC talent a place to go to promote anything and everything. We had a lot of fun.
RL: What led to you leaving NYWC? JL: I had just recently become a Dad and was still working for the Ducks. Ultimately it was just time to go. My plate was full and I wanted to start winding down.
RL: How has life changed since becoming a father? JL: It's awesome! I've always been a kid at heart and now to have someone to share all that with, life is just that much better.
RL: Word Association-Mikey Whipwreck JL: Legend
RL: Curse JL: Friend
RL: Shane JL: Cool
RL: Neil Swensen(RIP) JL: Enforcer
RL: Willow Nightengale JL: Bubbly
RL: Sammie Pickles JL: Fun
RL: Boo Sullivan JL: Monster
RL: Bam Sullivan JL: Extreme
RL: Mouse JL: Sneaky
RL: Casanova Valentine JL: Nuts
RL: Brian Vitko JL: Mr. Entertainment
RL: Joey Conway JL: Rival
RL: Joe Ettell JL: Indestructible
RL: Tyler Murphy JL: Pirate
RL: Marti Belle JL; Talented
RL: Chrissy Rivera JL: Disney
RL: Rick Cataldo JL: Boy Diva
RL: Joe Gacy JL: Chainsaw
RL: Absolute Alvin JL: Future
RL: Victoria Von Black(Devil Doll) JL: Scary
RL: Robert Lotti JL: OG Fan
RL: Jessica DeNezzo JL: Super Fan
RL: Jim Londos JL: Timekeeper
RL: What are your thoughts on those who fake post on message boards and/or create fake social media accounts? JL: It's silly. Get a life!
RL: What are your thoughts on the NYWC message board? JL: Great place for NYWC fans to interact.
RL: What do you miss most about being a part of NYWC as a fan as well as ring announcing? JL: As Sign Guy, I miss the sign making and being a part of the show just by being in the crowd. As an announcer, I miss seeing the guys & girls of NYWC every month.
RL: Do you think you will ever return in any capacity? JL: In the wrestling business, you can truly never say never. Maybe I will one day.
RL: Is there anything you would like to say to the fans? JL: Keep supporting NYWC and all your local independent wrestling! It's the lifeblood of the industry.