SF: Where did the eye patch idea come from?
SR: That happened after Raven’s first match where Sullivan wanted Raven to make a huge impact in his first match, to injure a solid babyface and then leave the injured wrestler (myself) like a, “So what moment, bring on more for me to take my pain out on.”…It gave me a new look and image…On top of that, chicks dug the "Snake Plissken" bad guy look then. It worked out well as many fans today ask so many questions about wrestling half-blind...It’s cool to know that it’s remembered.
(Snake Plissken, portrayed by actor Kurt Russell, was a cool character in the John Carpenter movie “Escape from New York.”)
SF: What’s your favorite moment in the Flock?
SR: The tag match on Nitro at the Georgia Dome with 40,000 wrestling fans live and millions at home where Saturn and myself wrestled Chris Benoit and Steve "Mongo" McMichael. The match was solid, as it was great to team with Saturn, and I always loved wrestling Benoit... Raven’s interference in the match caused us to win. A nice, big victory for the Flock over two Horsemen, and we had so much real heat with the fans that we had to fight our way to get back to the locker rooms as we exited through the crowd (legit punches and shoves used). It was very cool to be a part of that historic Nitro and to establish the Flock that night in many fans eyes as a real heel group.
SF: Do you stay in touch with many in the group?
SR: Yep, chat with Lodi, Sickboy often and Saturn through Twitter and the occasional shout to Raven. I lost contact with Kidman, [Ron] Reis and Hammer.
SF: Ever talk about teaming up again?
SR: We actually did a very short reunion back in 2007, 10 years since we last were together deal, where Raven, Lodi, Sickboy and myself teamed on a couple events. It really got a tremendous crowd reaction and lead to Sickboy, Lodi and myself to team for awhile, which was creatively fun.
SF: Thoughts on attending the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest in Charlotte for not only the Flock reunion, but to come together with Buff Bagwell and the American Males?
SR: It should be very interesting for the fans and for us as friends ....debaucherific if you will.
• HERE’S LODI
SF: How did you get into the Flock? What was your reaction to being added to the group?
L: Raven and I were friends. I was working as his personal assistant, and he wanted me on the road with him. A phone call later, I was debuting on a PPV.
SF: Who had the idea to make the signs? Were you the one who came up with the ideas of what to put on them?
L: Raven gave me the idea, slightly borrowed from ECW’s Sign Guy Dudley. The majority of the ideas were mine, although Raven and some of the boys gave me some great ideas along the way.
SF: Where did the name Lodi come from?
L: I debuted with a look "slightly" similar to the rocker Billy Idol. He owns the rights to the IDOL name; LODI was the inverse of IDOL.
SF: Do you still remain close to any members of the group?
L: Sick Boy and I still wrestle as a tag team occasionally. Raven and I work together randomly as well. Riggs and I talk/text regularly.
SF: Do you have a memorable moment of your time in the Flock?
L: The Flock was a group of guys who all worked hard to put on a great show. The memories will last a lifetime, and there are far too many to narrow it down to one. I still love all the guys like family.
• Catch Lodi and Riggs and a full lineup of wrestling stars Aug. 1-4 at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte for the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest Weekend. Festivities include question-and-answer sessions, autograph signings, photo opportunities, karaoke, the Hall of Heroes, matches and more.
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