Wrestling fans can credit one person for bringing The Undertaker to the WWE: Sgt. Slaughter.
In an interview with The Roman Show at Florida's Supercon in Miami, the WWE Hall of Famer reveals how he discovered Mark Calaway (The Undertaker), the man behind the darkest and one of the must successful professional wrestling characters.
“He was wrestling in WCW, sent a tape and a letter to the WWE,” Slaughter said. “Some how it got into a box...Part of my job was to find new talent.”
He also said he didn’t know he would be the star that he became.
“I knew he had talent the minute I put the tape in,” he said. “He wrestled for World Championship Wrestling, but they never gave him a shot.”
Sgt. Slaughter also added that he plans on attending The Undertaker's last match, whenever that is, because he feels he played a role in creating the legendary character.
“I will definitely be there,” he said.” I feel part of the Undertaker. He is a part of me since I helped him.”
Moreover, the current WWE ambassador explains how he has managed to stay in shape over the years, how many times a year he wrestles and how he is in search of future talent.
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• Green Power Ranger
Mighty Morphin Power Ranger actor Jason David Frank said if the WWE would use him on television, he promises ratings.
“If they book me on a show, I promise ratings everyone,” said the Green and White ranger during an interview with The Roman Show at the Florida Supercon in Miami. “I took a picture with Hurricane Shane [Helms] and talked to the Million Dollar Man. The more fans I have, the more they tell me what to do. I think wrestling is cool. I give those guys credit. I would give it a shot.”
Frank also goes in-depth as to possibly challenging former WWE champ CM Punk.
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• Jesse Neal
With the recent release of several wrestlers from the TNA Impact wrestling roster, a former employee of the company is sharing positive advice.
During an interview with The Roman Show, former TNA Impact wrestler Jesse Neal said he understands how those who were released feel, and the experience has made him a better person and wrestler.
“TNA is a great company, and I respect everyone on the roster,” he said. “They helped me out so much. They helped me grow so much, but I took what I learned on TV and house shows all onto the independent scene, and that’s how I really have grown and basically found myself with the Dog of War [persona] -- the message I want to portray to the fans.
“I love being on TV. The money is good. TV was great, and fans are great. I learned so much, and I can’t wait to get on TV again to show them.”
Neal, 33, wrestled for TNA from 2009-11, before being released.
“Right now, what they are feeling is they are on that stage they busted their butts, but it’s gone,” he said, “but right now it’s like falling off a horse.”
Neal also addresses upcoming matches and what he sees forthcoming in his career.
The Roman Show is hosted by journalist Rodolfo Roman, who has appeared on Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel channel. He is also a contributor to Huffpostlive and a freelance writer for The Miami Herald, Coral Gables Television and Comcast Newsmakers.
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