Lenny Lane Shoot Interview

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One half of the West Hollywood Blondes, former WCW cruiserweight champion, and a member of Joel Gertners Rainbow Express in TNA, Lenny Lane joins RF VIDEO for an informative trip back in time that included a ton of stories even we haven’t heard before! Lenny talked about his days in the Minnesota wrestling scene and all the characters who were there at the time, including a young Sean Waltman and Jerry Lynn. When Lenny gets to WCW the road stories really begin to fly and he talks about everyone: Eric Bischoff, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Vince Russo, Kevin Nash… all the big boys. We got to hear Lane’s thoughts on his controversial West Hollywood Blondes tag team, including the story in USA Today with GLAAD which got the team removed from TV. Lane gives us first hand accounts of everything that went on backstage during one of the biggest times in wrestling history. The politics. The power plays. The ribbing. Lane lays it all on the line while discussing a turbulent time in WCW. We also get Lane’s thoughts on working for TN in this fun and entertaining shoot!

Memories meeting Mr. Dynamic
Were you a fan growing up
Initial thoughts on meeting Ed Sharkey
What was his training like
What was the Minnesota indy scene like
Memories of matches with Jerry Lynn
Memories of matches with Sean Waltman
Memories of matches with Horace the Psychopath
Did you ever try to get into ECW
How did you wind up in WCW
Initial thoughts on Eric Bischoff
How well were you received by the locker room
Was it very cliquish
What were the immediate plans for you
How quickly did someone in management or booking note the possibilities of you and Jericho with you being a Jericho lookalike
Was there any pressure at first to change your look
Thoughts on Jericho
Memories wrestling Dean Malenko
How tight were you with Jericho during the angle
Do you think more could have been done with the angle
Why was it dropped
Was there any jealousy with vets who werent being booked on Nitro at the time
What was a typical day at Nitro like, when would you find your match out, how often were plans changed, etc
How accessible was Eric Bischoff
Was it frustrating being stuck on Saturday Night
Whos idea was your ab-solution gimmick
Why do you think it never made it to Nitro
Thoughts on Goldberg
Did any other vets mentor you at all
Thoughts on Hulk Hogan
What do you think of the success of Benoit, Jericho, and Guerrero post-WCW
Thoughts on Konnan
Thoughts on Van Hammer
What were you told about your characters direction at that point
Before you and Lodi started tagging was there a frustration point for you
Who came up with the idea of putting you and Lodi together
Thoughts on Lodi
How did the whole gimmick develop
When did you realize you guys were starting to get over
Did politics hurt you guys when you first started getting over
Thoughts on Nash
Do you think that Nash being booker was a conflict of interest
How did you find out that WCW was finally going to run with it
How did the other wrestlers treat you
Did anyone rib you or give you a hard time
How did the rest of the locker room feel
Were you ever hit on by men during the peak of the gimmick
How well did you know Lodi before the gimmick
How did everything start falling apart
Did you ever personally approach GLAD
Memories of when you saw it in USA Today
Memories of wrestling in the cruiser division
Was it a big deal to you to get the Cruiserweight title
Memories of working Rey Misterio Jr
How did things change when Vince Russo and Ed came in to WCW
Thoughts on Vince and Ed
Do you think they were out of their league with their jobs
How did you find out you were being sent home
How did life change for you when now you are a part of the mainstream media yet you were no longer on TV
Did any of the other boys go to bat for you guys
What did you do during the time they sent you home
Did you propose any solutions
Lodi said in an interview that Paul Heyman wanted to bring you guys to ECW, but WCW blocked it. Is that true
Was there any interest from WWF during this time
Why do you think they kept you under contract
Do you see irony in your story and the recent release of the wrestler who played Muhammad Hassaan?
Were you ever going to get the tag belts
Do you think you woulda been picked up by the WWE after the sale if WCW stuck to their guns and established you guys
Memories of the Standard and Practices gimmick
Memories of segments with Stacy Keibler
You wrestled the Wall and then you disappeared, what happened
What did you think when Russo put the belt on himself
Did Vince Russo kill WCW
How disorganized was WCW
Who really was in charge
Initial impressions and thoughts meeting Vince Russo
Memories of your first PPV match in which you wrestled
How much did you see a power struggle going on in WCW between Bischoff, Russo, Nash, and Hogan
How were you treated by and thoughts on Nash
Memories of Hogan, treated by and thoughts
What do you think killed WCW
Are you bitter about WCW dying
Would you have been part of Eric Bischoff’s new WCW
How did you find out it was sold
How were you treated by and thoughts on Sting
How were you treated by and thoughts on Luger
Thoughts on Buff Bagwell
Thoughts on Flair
Thoughts on Norman Smiley
Thoughts on Ernest Miller
Thoughts on Scott Steiner
You worked a WWE dark match, how were you received by the locker room
Did you expect a contract and why do you think you didn’t get one
Thoughts on Lodi and how things played out
How were you told you were being released
Did you want to quit wrestling at that time
You went through a lot in the business in such a short time, thoughts
Steroids in wrestling, thoughts
How were you approached or did you approach TNA about coming in
Who’s idea was it to team you with Alan Funk
Thoughts on your matches there
Why do you think you it didn’t work out
How political was TNA
Favorite matches overall
Fav guys to work with
Least fav guys to work with
Did it bother you years later when WWE did the Billy and Chuck gimmick
Good ribs and road stories
Career goals for the next year and five years
Can you be a draw in the WWE in 2006
Is there a chance you will be in TNA again
How much longer do you anticipate yourself wrestling for
If you could make a tape of 4 matches to last forever for your grandkids, etc, which would they be.
Does it bother you when you see less talented guys on television due to physiques while you cant get booked full time in the WWE or TNA
Who on the indys do you think has a lot of potential that you have seen or wrestled
Do you have any other jobs to supplement your income or do you still make a full time living wrestling
Would you be interested in becoming a road agent or writer/booker at some point
Thoughts on the current lack of kayfabe
Thoughts on drugs in wrestling