Sir Oliver Humperdink Shoot Interview

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The manager of champions, Sir Oliver Humperdink, was the latest wrestling legend to grace the lavish RF VIDEO headquarters to participate in a brand new shoot interview! We were able to get Humperdink to talk on the record about his entire career, from working security for Verne Gagne’s AWA, through Florida, to the big two of WWE and WCW. Humperdink managed many of the big names of the last generation of wrestlers, including the Fabulous Freebirds, the Samoan Swat Team, Superstar Billy Graham, and Bam Bam Bigelow. A 2005 nominee to the prestigious Cauliflower Alley Club, Humpdink spoke openly and honestly about every asset of the business. Fans of the Kansas City and Florida territories will enjoy this shoot as Big Daddy Dink goes into those promotions and talks about working with all of the greats like Bruiser Brody, Gordon Solie and Kevin Sullivan.

For those interested in the near lost art of managing, this is a vital DVD to add to your collection as Humperdink discussed manager’s role in wrestling as well as talking about all his peers like Jim Cornette and Bobby “the Brain” Heenan. Why are male managers gone today in wrestling? Humperdink gives his reasons why along with talking about all of his charges. From managing talent as diverse as Ox Baker and Mr. Pogo to Rocky King and the New Wild Samoans, Humperdink has been around the block and tells RF VIDEO everything he saw! What was it like being in WWE during the late Hulkamania years? What about working for WCW in the early ’90s? Humperdink tells a ton of great stories from both promotions!

Memories of working security for the AWA
Did you interact with any of the guys
Who were your favorite guys to watch
Did you deal with Verne then
How did you get into the business
Were you trained as wrestler
Who trained you
What was the training like
Did you learn how to bump
Memories of your first match managing Rene Goulet and Lars Anderson
Memories of managing the Hollywood Blondes
Was Buddy as crazy as they say
How did you wind up in the Montreal territory
Thoughts/memories of the Vachons
Any good road stories
Did anyone mentor you here
Who did you ride with
Memories of working for Gene Lebelle
Memories/thoughts on John Tolos
Memories of working for Leroy Mcguirk
How did you wind up in Florida
Why didn’t you go with the Blondes to Tennessee
Memories managing Billy Graham and Ox Baker
Did you know Graham would be as big a star as he would become
Was Billy’s drug use real bad around this time
Memories of working for the Funks in Amarillo
Memories managing Mr. Pogo
Memories of working for Harley Race in Central States
Early memories of managing Sid Vicious as Humongous
Larry Matysik said in his books that Central States payoffs were low, do you agree
How did you wind up holding the Central States TV title
Could a manager make a ft living back then
Memories of Eddie Graham
Memories of Dusty
Memories of JJ Dillon
Did JJ ever try and hold you back since he was a manager and booker
Memories of managing Kevin Sullivan
Memories managing Bruiser Brody
Were you there the night of the famous match with Brody and Luger, thoughts
Memories managing Ron Bass
Thoughts on the Windhams
Thoughts on Gordon Solie
Did you ever try and learn booking there
How much different was billy graham when he came back
Memories of Mark Lewin
Why did you wind up making the move to the Mid Atlantic area
Thoughts on Jim Crockett
Memories managing One Man Gang
Memories of Jimmy Valiant
Good road stories
How did you develop your gimmick
Memories of Ric Flair
Favorite matches from this time
Were you ever contacted by any other territories during this time
How did you wind up in the WWF, who contacted who
What were you promised
Initial impressions of Vince
Memories of your first angle with Bigelow
Did you know Bigelow prior to this
Was there ever any jealousy or bitterness from the other managers like Heenan or Hart
Early memories of Hogan
Early memories of Andre
A few guys said that Andre didn’t like Bam Bam, do you remember any issues
How were you received by the locker room
Memories of your first Wrestlemania
Memories of Wrestlemania 4
Did you make any outrageous purchases with your money
Thoughts on the Dynamite Kid
Was it hard adjusting to being a world wide superstar
Were you there when Jacques Rogeau jumped Dynamite and if so memories
Did Vince ever want you to wrestle in any gimmick matches
Memories of working with Hogan in tag matches
Memories of Savage
Any memories of the stories of Savage locking Elizabeth in closets
How crazy was the drug scene
How did your life change when you became a WWF superstar
Was Ultimate Warrior as crazy as they say
Are you surprised at Bret and Shawns success
What were your favorite skits or angles
Were you aware of Crockett and the competition
Any Mr Fuji ribs stick out to you
Memories of Survivor Series 88 when all the managers were ringside
Was it competitive getting your heat in that kind of situation
What was the biggest payoff you ever got in the WWF
How did Vince change the bigger the WWF became
How close did you become with Bam Bam
Who were your fav and least fav guys to manage in your career and why
Did you manage anyone who did not let you get your heat
Any good road stories
Was there a noticeable difference in house show payoffs with or without Hogan
What lead to your leaving
Did you leave on good terms with Vince
When is the last time you saw Vince
What is different about the WWF back then as compared to today
How did you wind up in the Florida territory
How did you wind up back in Florida
Why do you think it went out of business
You went back to WCW with Bam Bam in 88, how did that come about
Were you guys a package deal
Memories of your time there
What were the politics like between the managers, you, cornette, and heyman
What were the politics like between Dusty and Flair
You left for awhile, what happened
Memories of working for Dusty’s PWF
Why do you think that didn’t work out
Memories managing Fred Ottman
Initial memories of Dallas Page
How did you wind up coming back and managing the Freebirds
Did you like the Daddy Dink gimmick
Thoughts on Michael and Jimmy
Any good road stories
How different was WCW this time around
Why did you wind up leaving
Thoughts/memories of guys you managed:
Don Muraco
Bad News Allen
Dick Murdoch
The Samoans
Jos LeDuc
Nord The Barbarian
Dick Slater
Greg Valentine
Paul Orndorff
Rocky King
Adrian Adonis
Bob Orton Jr
The Guerreros
Why do you think the role of the male manager is non existent
Does it bother you that they stick less talented women in those roles today
Can a male manager get over today
Thoughts on drug abuse in pro wrestling
Does the lack of kayfabe today surprise or bother you
Thoughts on newsletters
Are you under a legends contract
Have you been contacted over the last several years for an appearance here and there by the WWF
Would you like to go into the WWF Hall of Fame
Are you surprised that Flair and Hogan are still active wrestlers
Is there anyone that made it that surprised you and is there anyone who didn’t make it who you thought would
Do you still watch wrestling
Favorite Ribs
Do you want to write a book
What advice do you have for aspiring managers
Any regrets