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Is there anything you would like to say to our fans?
BISON: First off, I would like to thank the fans of wrestling.
Thank you for your loyal support through these difficult times in the
professional wrestling business. This interview is going to focus mainly
on the Japanese, Puerto Rican and a little on the United States
wrestling Business. If you are a WWE or TNA fan you may not know who I
am but just read the interview to get a different aspect of the
wrestling business. I guarantee it will be a good read.
Question: How did you become a fan of wrestling?
BISON: I started my athletic career in Fresno, California. In 4th grade
I started to play football and amateur wrestle. Doing those sports I
supplemented the two with weight training. I started lifting weights
regularly when I was 13
I worked out at Gold's Gym. I loved lifting weights
more than I did playing football or amateur wrestling. Some kids played
video games some rode dirt bikes but I loved to hang out at Gold's Gym.
I noticed a group of guys would come into the gym once
a month. These guys were monsters to me. They would lift heavy weights,
they looked like movie stars and they were huge. I was really in awe of
them and I told myself, "I wanted to be like them one day."
I asked around the gym wanting to know who those people
were. Some didn't know but one guy told me they were pro wrestlers. So I
went to a local grocery store headed to the media section and looked
through some wrestling magazines. I saw the same guy's at Gold's
Gym that were in those magazines. They were WWF wrestlers.
My family had just got cable television and on the USA
network there was a show called Tuesday Night Titan's. I watched it
every week along with the other WWF programming. I also watched World
Class and AWA on ESPN.
This is right before the WrestleMania's and the Rock
and Wrestling connection started on MTV. When I saw Roddy Piper break
that platinum record glass frame over Lou Albano's head, let me tell
you, I was hooked on wrestling.
Every time the WWF came to town I went to the shows.
Before the shows I would wait around Gold's Gym all day just to see the
wrestlers work out. I remember one time Ken Patera and I talked in the
locker room. He went to BYU with my high school football coach. He was
really nice to me and we had a good conversation about power lifting.
That was Patera's specialty and at the time I was into it also.
After High school I accepted a scholarship to play
football at the University of Colorado. I kind of lost interest in
watching pro wrestling until one day this monster came into the
University of Colorado's weight room. Again, I was in awe of this guy
and I wanted to know who he was.
They told me his name was Leon White and he played for
Colorado back in the 1970's. Then they told me he was a pro wrestler
working in Japan under the name Big Van Vader. This was right before he
got signed by WCW. Vader would rarely come to the gym and work out but
when he did I tried talking to him and he was always pissed off
I started to watch WCW because of Vader. He was a real
heel monster and I loved watching him destroy people. When he would show
up at the gym I would again try to talk wrestling with him and again he
would treat me like an asshole.
After I graduated college I was done with football.
People ask me why I didn't try to pursue the NFL. The truth is I was a
stupid young kid that felt burned out on football and at the ripe old
age of 22, I retired. I will always consider that a huge mistake I made
in my life. I will always regret not giving it a shot.
Question: How did you become a Pro Wrestler
BISON: When I was at the University of Colorado the football
players were treated like Gods. It was first class. Best hotels, being
fed the best food, playing in front of 70,000 people at
Folsom Field in Colorado or in Nebraska and Oklahoma. We went to a bowl
game every year. Staying 2 weeks in Florida for the Block Buster Bowl
against Alabama. Staying in Phoenix, Arizona to play Syracuse in the
Fiesta Bowl. We stayed in Hawaii two weeks for the Aloha Bowl my senior
Then after my eligibility was done they told me,
"You can't do this anymore," you feel like you have been dumped in the
middle of nowhere. I was a civilian for the first time in my life.
What next? Get a 9 to 5 job? I was a 290 lbs. 6'3
gorilla. How was I going to convert from an athlete to a regular person?
I couldn't, I stuck out, and I wasn't normal looking. Me in a suit and
I approached my old strength and conditioning coach Doc
Kries about him talking to Vader about possibly getting me into the
wrestling business. His response was not good. It seemed that there were
two football players before me that Vader helped get into the business.
These two idiots made Vader look bad. I guess they were sent to the
Power Plant, WCW's training school, were given special treatment because
of Vader and they totally blew it by being jackass's. So Doc Kries
told me Vader is not interested in getting ex-football players into the
I was crushed. I kept staying on Vader about it. I
begged him to give me a shot. Vader just didn't like me for some reason.
So I decided and said to myself, "Screw him, I am going to do this the
Back then the Internet was in its infancy. The business
was so tightly sealed no one would know where to go to be a wrestler.
Back then you had to know someone. Well, the someone I knew didn't give
me the time of day so I was in the dark on how to get into the wrestling
It was probably 3 years after my football career and I
was working at a furniture store in Denver moving sofas for a living.
What a depressing time in my life. I was a fat, beer drinking warehouse
worker with zero direction. This was the time the WCW WWF wars were
heating up. I can honestly say that is when the business was at its
Every Monday night was wrestling night. I was so hooked
on wrestling then. I was so determined to become a wrestler but I
didn't know how to get into the business, it was so frustrating.
I remember one time WCW was in town for a Nitro
tapping. I couldn't go because I had to move sofas but on my lunch break
I drove to the Denver Coliseum to try to talk to anyone who knew how I
could get into the business.
I approached this roadie or some crew guy that was
smoking a cigarette next to one of the WCW semi trucks. He told me to
call the head quarters at 1 CNN center. So I called, talked to some
lady, she asks, "Do you have any experience as a pro wrestler?"
Stupidly, I said, "NO." She replied, "I am sorry sir we can't help you."
One of my co-workers at the furniture store got a new
computer and had the Internet hooked up. I thought the Internet was the
coolest thing then but today it is killing wrestling, but that's a whole
other story. So, I got the bright idea to put," pro wrestling
schools," into the search engine. The first one that popped up was All
Pro Wrestling in Hayward, California. I told myself ,"Pack your bags
your going to wrestling school."
Question: Tell us about your training.
BISON: To be honest, God was on my side when he directed me to
APW. At APW I was trained the right way. At APW I was trained in an,
"old fashioned style." The old fashion style is paying your dues.
Learning how to wrestle slowly and laying a strong fundamental
foundation before you have your first match.
I didn't start my training learning a power bomb or a
choke slam the first day. I did cardio drills the first two weeks. At
first, it pissed me off that I wasn't in the ring learning wrestling.
But when I did finally make it to the ring, I didn't like it.
In wrestling you have to learn how to fall right to
protect yourself, this is called, "bumping." For 5 months all we did was
bump. It hurt, it was really painful. My whole body ached. It was way
tougher than playing football. I really didn't think I was going to make
it. The class I started my training with consisted of 48 boys. After 9
months it was down to 3 men including myself. Pro wrestling is very
brutal to a person's body and how I made it was without a doubt the
toughest thing I have ever done.
Question: Tell us about the first couple years of your wrestling career.
BISON: My first match was in 1998 against a guy named James
Watkins. It was a good match but you could tell I was not comfortable
being in front of people and I just wrestled awkward. I was very bland.
The fans didn't like me. I couldn't talk on a microphone. Truthfully, I
sucked my first 2 years of wrestling. I am sure there are people today
who still think I suck but back then I really sucked. I had no concept
of how to be a wrestler.
After about two years the promoter at APW decided to
put me in a hood, a mask, and make me this, "Old School Heel," type
wrestler called Super Destroyer 2000. Once I put that mask on it changed
me. I was more relaxed in the ring. I started having good matches. I was
moving forward. The gimmick was getting over with the fans and it felt
good that I was being accepted as a credible wrestler.
Question: What was your biggest highlight the first couple of years in
BISON: I had an opportunity to work for a
Hollywood promotion called the Urban Wrestling Alliance. I say Hollywood
because it was filmed in Hollywood and was backed by Hollywood money.
The whole concept would be based around an," Urban,"
theme. African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, Mexicans and
Samoans were the good guys. Well, the bad guys would have to be White.
So I was hired to come in and play a Texas redneck.
They had 8 pilot episodes to film. I was in Los Angeles
for 3 weeks. I was making $200 a day and at that time it was gold to me.
Some of the wrestlers that were a part of it were Orlando Jordan and
It was such a great experience. I got to feel Hollywood
and it was cool. Catering trucks at our shoots. I went to acting
classes. I got to wrestle in the Grand Olympic Auditorium.
The pilots were sent to test markets on the UPN network
like Dallas, Miami, New York, Chicago and a few other cities. They were
running late at night going against some other ethnic shows. The pilots
got good ratings but none of the networks picked up the show.
Looking back I can see why it failed. First of all it
was too Hollywood oriented. They were hiring actors to be wrestlers.
They were training actors in
3 weeks how to be wrestlers. That's impossible.
The people doing the booking were Hollywood
scriptwriters. That will never work even though it still is happening
today in other promotions. I remember one time an acting agent was
directing story lines. People calling the shots had no clue how to run a
wrestling promotion. I was still very green at that time of my career
but I was getting paid to be a wrestler and I was back to that life
style I had when I played football at Colorado, so I was happy.
When it failed, again, I was crushed. WCW had just been
bought out by WWF and jobs in the industry got scarce. It was 2000, I
wasn't getting any younger and I was seriously thinking about quitting,
in fact, I was going to quit. I told everyone I was finished and I had
an opportunity at a great promotion at my 9 to 5 job to be an executive
at a major retail store.
People understood where I was coming from and they
wished me well but the man who trained me thought I was a fool to quit.
I will never forget Mike Modest and I were standing in
the parking lot at APW. He was desperately trying to talk me into
staying in the business. I told him I had had enough. Modest told me to
stay around for just one month because
he and some others were trying to get a Japanese wrestling promotion to
come to APW and scout some talent. So I stuck around.
That next month 3 Japanese men representing a Japanese
wrestling promotion and a television crew and reporters from Japan came
to APW to watch some matches. I had a match with Tony Jones. It was a
good match and Tony made me look good but I also made him look good.
After the matches I thought they would say, "Thanks for
your time we will keep in touch." No, what they did was, they pulled 3
of us one at a time into the office of APW. I was the last to get called
in. I sat down and remember looking at the 3 Japanese men and thinking,
" what do they want from me?"
One of the Japanese men spoke dead on perfect
English. The other two were silent and had these deadpan scary
intimidating faces just staring at me with those cold looking eyes. We
had a conversation and the Japanese man that spoke perfect English said,
"Congratulations, you're going to Japan to work for Pro Wrestling Noah
." I thought to myself, "for who?"
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