As a Professional Wrestling fan, you are constantly reminded by the masses that Pro Wrestling is in fact scripted. However, the line between fact and fiction can be blurred and sometimes crossed from time to time. The most notorious and interesting way to cross this line, shoot interviews.
Without a doubt, the “shoot” interview is one of the greatest wrestling items on the internet. For those who are not in the know, a “shoot” is an unscripted, real-life event that occurs in pro wrestling. The “shoot” tells us who really was really feuding with who, and what the wrestlers thought of one other behind the scenes. I can’t get enough of these! They give me a whole new take on my favorite matches and storylines.
After cruising YouTube for countless hours, I’ve come up with my list of the three best “shooters.” Feel free to challenge me if you disagree!
1.) The Iron Sheik – After listening to the Sheikie for ten minutes, you realize that rehab is for quitters. This guy is the Iranian Keith Richards. He’s taken more narcotics than a Grateful Dead road crew on summer tour. My favorite story involves the Sheik and the Fabulous Moolah. Years ago, he kicked her out of his car for criticizing his use of wacky tobacky. You tell her, Sheikie! I could listen to him all day.
2.) Jim Cornette – The fast-talking former manager is an American treasure. I love his explanation of a recent match on television: “It moved so slowly that I had a birthday watching the match.” Or, on the intelligence of WWE senior producer John Laurinaitis: “His own mother slapped the stork that delivered him.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg of course, because when Cornette gets going on political topics, the heads start rolling. I know that elections are far off, but let me just throw an idea into the mix – Cornette for president in 2016!
3.) “Leaping” Lanny Poffo – “Leaping” Lanny’s run as the “The Genius” was not just a gimmick. As it turns out, Lanny always has a poem at the ready. The brother of the late Randy Savage is always quick to throw a few verses at his audience. He proves that he’s truly the Bill Shakespeare of professional wrestling. I love the tribute poem he wrote for his deceased brother: “His name was Randy Poffo/ He became the Macho Man/ Randy Savage made it cool to be a wrestling fan.” Ok, not Shakespeare, but pretty fun nonetheless. Not to mention, anyone that admits to having the largest “package” in the WWE deserves a mention here. Quite the revelation, Lanny! If I was in your shoes, I’d be leaping too. Leaping out of pure joy!