Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 5, 2010 16:43:39 GMT -5
RL: How did you end up at Critical Mass wrestling school? PB: I'd go to ECW shows when I was in elementary school to get autographs & pictures. Sometimes I wore a Sabu headpiece. I'd see a lot of guys putting up the ring and I'd ask if I could help. Everyone said "no you stupid kid go away." Then I realized that if I pretended like I'm supposed to be there people would presume I was someone's kid or something and let me help out. That worked for a while, and I'd ask guys how I could get into wrestling. I tried getting into House Of Harcore but I was only 14. They just laughed at me because I would call all the time. Finally I went to an ICW show in 2001 and met Kevin Matthews who was slightly older than me and was training at Gleason's. He mentioned the CM school in Hicksville. I signed up the next day.
RL: What were your initial impressions of John Curse & Mike Mayhem? PB: Curse was a jacked up, sarcastic, & funny guy. Mayhen was very normal and technically really good. They had a group of guys they were training, and I knew I had to be a part of it. Here's a short side stroy for you. I actually found a school in Astoria Queens a few years before CM. I begged my Mom to take me there, and she signed me up. I came back the next week and the school mysteriously vansihed. True story.
Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 6, 2010 5:48:46 GMT -5
RL: How hard was training? PB: Very intense and demanding. Took me a few months to actually understand what I was doing.
RL: What are your memories of your 1st match ever? PB: I was in a light neavyweight battle royal where I wore an awful outfit consisting of a red, white, & blue singlet. I weighed like 180 lbs. and had milky white skin. I had a singles match later that night, which I would love to but will never get to see it because some jerkoff that hails from hell has all the tapes.
Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 6, 2010 23:08:39 GMT -5
RL: How did you come up with the name Ru Starr? PB: I had spikey red hair growing up and friends called me rooster. I thought it would be a cool idea, until years later when I realized how terrible & corny it sounded. I also happen to like my real name.
RL: What are your memories if King Nothing? PB: Holy random name. I don't remeber anything about him but his finishing move.
RL: What are your memories of Maximillyn? PB: Came back for a hot secomd, then disappeared. Awesome guy and one of the funniest guys ever. He needs to realize that he is good. Come home Max.
PB: What are your memories of Nuke? PB: Had potential. Quit too soon. I beat him at fat camp.
Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 8, 2010 13:48:21 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of main eventing the 1st NYWC show at Deer Park Community Center against Dickie Rodz? PB: At the time, I was really proud that I would be the first one doing it. It showed a lot of trust in me. It wasn't do much for me or Dickie personally, as it was taking our school/product from a garage with no heat to an actual functioning building with plumbing.
RL: What are your memories of Tyler Payne? PB: Loved Tyler. We had so much fun, especially working Whipwreck/Wayne. I respect him because he walked away to get a real job, and moved on successfully. He could of done so much more, and it's never too late, but he was a good friend.
RL: What are your memories of Johnny Ova? PB: He became under the influence of a brainwasher. He was/is young and can't blame him for that, but could have been a big deal on the independent level b ecause he was technically really good.
Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 11, 2010 19:21:43 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Mason Raige? PB: Tough one. He sacrificed a good job and moved from home to chase the dream and go to OVW. Unfortunately, he was told he was getting hired when it wasn't official. I think that burned his spirits. I tried to get him back into it in OVW, but he felt so entitled because he thought he was a monster. He lost the desire to train, and said some pretty messed up things to me so he can fuck off.
RL: Who came up with No Highspots Needed? PB: Me. Just wanted to be a throwback to older stuff. It was fun. I'd love to see those matches again. We had really cool gear too.
RL: What are your memories of winning the NYWC interstate title? PB: I legit do not remember.
Post by Robert Lotti on Nov 16, 2010 18:51:17 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories teaming with Wayne? PB: Fat shit. It was fun, I thought it was going to be weird for fans to understand going from Tyler to Wayne, but it worked because we rolled with it. Sometimes I wish he'd gain the weight back to do one more match for laughs and giggles. He's also been a close friend of mine and one of the few people who I know respects and has as much passion about wrestling as I do.
RL: What are your memories of matches with Matt Striker & Rob Eckos? PB: Striker called me a deflated Billy Gunn. I wept for days. I wish I could remember more about it, but that's it.
RL: What are your memories of Psycho Circus 2004? PB: As sarcastic as I can be, that match meant a lot and always will. It was awesome. I was in there for an hour, and it felt fun and different.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 3, 2010 12:56:09 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Chris Chetti & Danny Doring? PB: They beat the piss out of me when I started in '01, but in a good way. I always listened and I was there for everything. I got to work with Doring in OVW too which was fun.
RL: What are your memories of wrestling Bob Evans? PB: Nothing can top Bob falling gingerly off the top rope. He's making a good thing happen for him in ROH, and he's in the best shape I've ever seen him in. Bob has a school in New England I would train at in college, and he helped me get to a higher level. I'll always be grateful to him.
RL: What are your memories of winning the NYWC light heavyweight title from Damien Dragon? PB: I did? How come you know more about me then I do? RL: I was there when it happened.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 5, 2010 13:07:32 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Mikey Whipwreck? PB: Mikey's a calm dude with great ideas, and I always liked knowing that I was wrestling him, and what to do it again. Badly. He's like Yoda in Clone Wars where he wals around slow around the locker room then when it's matchtime he's outperforming everyone else.
RL: How did you end up in OVW? PB: I got in my car and drove, oh and Danny Davis called me and said it was a good idea if I wanted to do this as a career to come down.
RL: What are your memories of Boris Alexiev who later became Santino Marella? PB: We started the same day together in OVW. We trained our asses off and absorbed all that we could. Santino is my favorite person to be around because he's so positive.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 7, 2010 12:50:17 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Mo Sexton? PB: He's the man. All around good guy talented too.
RL: Is it true that Cody Rhodes had his 1st match against you? PB: Yeah and I beat him, so I'm more Dashing.
RL: What are your memories of Marty "Boogeyman" Wright? PB: Probably top three scariest guy to be in the ing with because you never know what he's going to do next. One second he's girating the next second I'm experiencing an elbow to the eyeball. Very nice guy with tremendous life experience, and a dude I would never want to pick a fight with.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 8, 2010 21:18:04 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of Florida Championship Wrestling? PB: I want to be there, under different circumstances this time. It's frustrating to know that I could contibute so much not only to the WWE product and my own career but if anything I could be the one to help and work with others with no experience. Steve Keirn, Dusty Rhodes, Dr. Tom Pritchard, & Norman Smiley have always had my back and I know I'll eventually work with them again.
RL: What are your memories of Jim Cornette? PB: Genius, obviously, my first week at OVW was his last, so I never really got to work with him. However, that may change soon.
RL: What are your memories of Rob Conway? PB: I consider him my mentor. We made a great team, and I think the "Men Of Iron" could have been on national TV anywhere and still could. Rob told me he meant me that I thought I was way better than I thought, which shocked my system because most people don't truly challenge or say truthful things in this bullshit industry. It was because of him that I pushed myself harder.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 23, 2010 18:50:15 GMT -5
RL: Why did you leave OVW? PB: I felt like I did all that I can. A lot of dipshits left OVW after the WWE deal pulled away because they felt like there was no reward for being there. They were wrong. I got to work and gain even better experience because I could work at different levels and it was the most fun I ever had there. Still thought 4 years in one place was enough and it was time to move on.
RL: What are your memories of wrestling Joey Braggiol aka Appolyon in June 2009? PB: Again, I would like to see it but NYWC footage is harder to find then pictures of Bigfoot. He could be the next Vader ans someone needs to give that kid a major shot.
RL: What are your memories of working a tag team match with Cryme Tyme that aired on Smackdown? PB: I was told that I was going to referee dark matches that night and the following night for Raw. Then that changed. Then more things changed and before I knew it, I was wrestling Cryme Tyme. Probably have wrestled those guys 50 times apiece so no big deal, wish it could be under different circumstances.
Post by Robert Lotti on Dec 24, 2010 21:44:44 GMT -5
RL: What are your memories of your match with Francis Kipland Stevens? PB: Francis was a total asshole and kept telling me don't worry kid I'll take care of you. No, actually I could tell he was looking forward to it big time and I was too.
RL: What are your memories of a 4 way match with Josh Daniels, John Silver, & Bruno Marciano in Woodside earlier this year? PB: 4 ways are tough, but we definitely pulled it off.
RL: What are your memories of wrestling Danny Demanto where you got injured? PB: It wasn't completely his fault, or mine. I thought I ripped a quad muscle. I couldn't move or walk at all.
RL: What are your memories of Papadon? PB: He's one of if not the hardest worker I've seen.
RL: What are your memories of any overseas tours? PB: Always fun. Some better than others.