Nick Patrick Shoot Interview

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One of the most familiar men ever to don a striped shirt in pro wrestling is Nick Patrick. Some could argue that Patrick is the most decorated referee in WCW history. There aren’t many refs that have refereed WrestleMania, Starrcade, and have been involved in some of the biggest angles of all time. Nick Patrick is one referee who has done all of the above.

Nick sat down for a rare shoot interview with RF Video. Nick goes into tremendous detail about growing up with one of wrestling’s most legendary fathers. What famous masked man gave birth to Nick Patrick? Watch the RF Video Shoot Interview and get the scoop.

Nick gives us a great behind the scenes look at the chaotic years of WCW. Nick has been through several bookers, different owners, and worked with all of the legendary greats. Nick has some great stories about his run with the N.W.O. What was it like being a part of pro wrestling’s most powerful faction at the time? Nick tells all about life in and out of the ring with the New World Order.

Nick also talks about his negotiations to come to the WWF in the 1990s with Brian James. What would Nick’s role have been? Why the jump? What was it like sitting across a negotiating table from Vince McMahon? Nick Patrick brings us inside the board room and talks about the angle that could have been.

Nick also talks about refereeing some of the biggest shows and matches in wrestling history. What is the real story behind the screwed up finish at Starrcade 97 and what were the ramifications? What was it like to work with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Ric Flair, Goldberg, and more? What are the differences between Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon?

Nick also talks about integrating into the WWE locker room from WCW. Nick talks about the different demands on WWE referees and his thoughts. Nick talks about the politics of the referee position in the WWE. Nick has some great stories about some of the biggest stars in the WWE. Hear an interesting story about JBL, and working with Kane. Nick also talks about being tested by the various WWE talents coming from WCW.

This is a great shoot if you love gossip and classic stories. Nick also gets very emotional when talking about the Chris Benoit family tragedy. As someone who knew Chris and Nancy personally, Nick has a very personal take on the situation. What were his initial thoughts? What is it like to hear this story as a father in the wrestling business? Find out in the RF Video Shoot Interview.

It is with great honor that we present to you one of the most decorated referees in pro wrestling history. This interview feels like one long road trip with a ton of stories from a guy that has put more miles on his car than any other referee of the last two decades. Nick Patrick opens up and tells all and RF Video is proud to bring it all to you.

Can you talk about growing up in wrestling
How early were you exposed to the business
How close were you with your father growing up
How big was your father on kayfabe
Do you have any early road stories you can share
How young were you when you started going to shows
What do you remember about going into the locker room as a kid
When did you start training
Was your father helpful to you
What extent did your dad go to to keep the mask on
How did you get started
Memories of your first match
Did you think you would make it
Who were some of your mentors
Were promoters and guys harder or easier on you because of your father
Did you travel with your dad during your days as a worker
How did you get injured
If you sustained that injury today, could you continue in the ring
Whos idea was it to referee
Was learning to ref difficult
Some people think it is easy to ref, what are some of the harder aspects of the job
Memories of reffing your first match
Did you ever ref your father’s matches
Memories working for Ole Anderson in Georgia
Were you there when WWF took the timeslot
How did you get into Jim Crockett’s company
Memories of Jim
Memories of Tommy Young
Early memories of Ric Flair
Was there any competition or jealousy among refs
Were you required to do anything else other than ref with Crockett
Memories of when the sale went down to Turner
At what point did you consider your job secure
Some of your fav matches that you reffed during this time
Can you talk about the different bookers – Jim Herd, Ole, Dusty, Kip Frey, Bill Watts
What were the different demands of each guy on referees
Any good road stories from this time
Did you feel like one of the boys or was there a disconnect there
Was it hard to watch your father’s career wind down as yours took off
How supportive was he
Your dad has mixed reviews as a trainer, what are your thoughts
You and Brian Armstrong negotiated with Vince in the early 1990s, how did that come about
What would your role have been
How did Vince react to you as a referee potentially working as a character
Initial impressions of Vince
Why didn’t it work out
Did you and Brian have any heat over it
What was it like going back to WCW
Was there ever a time when you thought you may not get a job
How did you wind up getting back into WCW
How did things change when Bischoff took over
Did you ever get involved with booking
Some of the craziest things you have seen on the road
What was the party scene like
How did you wind up becoming the NWO referee
Thoughts on Nash and Hall
What was it like working so closely with Hogan
What happened in the Sting-Hogan Starrcade match which Bret debuted, was there a mistake
What were the politics like in WCW
Memories of your match with Chris Jericho
Did you ride to shows with the NWO
Thoughts on Vince Russo
Thoughts on Ric Flair
Thoughts on Arn Anderson
How did you hear about the sale of the WCW
Memories of the final show
Did you expect to be fired
How did you find out you’d be retained
Initial memories of meeting Vince again
What was the changeover like to the WWE
Did you have new duties such as ring crew
Was there any kind of politics played by WWE referees like Earl Hebner
Thoughts on Earl
Memories of wrestling Earl
Thoughts on Triple H
Thoughts on the Undertaker
Did you feel that you were ever tested early on by any of the guys or other refs
Were you ribbed at all
Was there a division of WCW and WWE guys when the crews integrated
How different is the WWE run from WCW
How much do you know about a match before you get in the ring
Did you ever have a problem where a guy felt he had a finish shot on him
Did you feel as if you had to relearn how to ref there
What was the office structure like
Thoughts on working with Stephanie McMahon
Memories of working with Paul Heyman
Memories on when Goldberg came in
Why do you think some WCW talent were successful while others failed
Memories of working with Steve Austin
Memories of working with the Rock in the Jericho-Rock finish
Can refs from the indys make a successful transition into the WWE
What is the most misunderstood part about being a WWE ref
How did you hear about your release
What were your initial thoughts
Did you have a backup plan
Have you thought about opening a school for refs or running camps
Did you enjoy doing smaller shows like Deep South
Thoutghts on Mickey Jay/Henson
Memories of angles with Teddy Long
Thoughts on Charles Robinson
Do you have any plans on writing a book
Any big regrets
Good WWE road stories
Could WCW have survived under different circumstances
Thoughts on Bischoff in WWE as a talent
Were you surprised
What are some of your fav matches you have reffed
Fav finishes you were involved in
Why do you think things didn’t work out with your dad training guys in the WWE
What was it like to see yourself in a video game
Advice for aspiring referees