“He said, ‘OK dad.’ So he moves down to Florida, gets a steady girlfriend, buys two dogs, has a house. Now he has one kid and another one on the way. So everything I told him about getting in the business he didn’t do…He is doing really well though. He is a great kid. I wish they would give him a shot because he would be one of those guys who would be loyal forever to them. He would be a good asset I think.”
Aside from his role in Demolition and as the Repo Man, Darsow delivered other personas including Krusher Kruschev and the Blacktop Bully. Much like any good actor, he made sure to bring something different to each role.
“They knew I could pull it off,” Darsow said. “I was trained by all the best people coming up, and I think I learned the trade the way you’re supposed to learn it. I took every one of my personas and became that persona when I wrestled. I think that was what was successful.
“Every one of them was a new experience and exciting. I always looked at the wrestling business where it’s not an easy business, and you have to give it 100 percent. No matter what they threw at me I knew I could give 100 percent, and I knew if I could give 100 percent I would make it.”
Of his personas, the Repo Man still remains a favorite. Darsow was doing so well with the heel character. Getting a warm reception when he entered the arena, he had other ideas with it..
“I wanted to be a good guy and visit all the kids in the hospital,” Darsow said. “I really enjoyed that stuff and making a difference. That’s why I coached for seven years. I coached hockey. I love it…It just wasn’t my time to be a good guy I guess. It was getting really hard to be the bad guy because the people were starting to cheer me.
“When you go out there and half the people cheer you and half the people boo you, at that time it’s not a good feeling. When I went to Vince [McMahon] and asked if he was going to change me good, he said, ‘No, we are not going to do it.’ I said, ‘Well, I can’t do this anymore, and that is when I put in my notice and quit.’ I would have stayed there forever. I would have still been there. I take my job so seriously in the ring, and I probably shouldn’t have because it was the greatest company to work for.”
Reflecting on his time in the wrestling business, he believed Ax and Smash wrestling the Brain Busters in two out of three falls really exemplified how good he was in the squared circle.
“That was probably one of the best matches we ever had because we wrestled Tully [Blanchard] and Arn [Anderson], who were two incredible wrestlers,” Darsow said. “I think what we did was make the wrestling the way it was supposed to be. You don’t see that kind of match anymore. It was hardcore. We were beating each other up. We did everything we had to do and worked 110 percent. That’s what made it. So that was what I want fans to remember. That is what wrestling is really all about, those matches…They don’t want tag team wrestling anymore. I think the people want it, but it’s all up to Vince [McMahon] and Triple H and all of them.”
The 53-year-old doesn’t see returning on a consistent basis but enjoys having fun at independent shows.