SCOTT HALL TALKS ABOUT HIS FRIENDSHIP & WORKING WITH CURT HENNIG

Posted March 17th, 2016 by 1Wrestling News Team

WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall joined Nani on Pandemonium to pay tribute
to the late Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect). The tribute show is scheduled to
be released in its entirety on March 28, 2016 on pandemoniumradio.com.
Not only will it feature the rest of the interview with Scott Hall, but
it will also feature more professional wrestlers telling
never-before-heard stories as they pay tribute to Curt Hennig’s life
and career.

In the snippet released on March 15, Hall speaks about his bond with
Curt Hennig, their early career in AWA, Hennig’s pranks, and much
more.

You can read the excerpts below and listen to the full sneak peek on
www.pandemoniumradio.com

On the AWA and Hennig’s influence on him:
“I learned so much from Curt. I started in Charlotte and then I went
to Kansas City and then I moved on to Minneapolis in the AWA. I was
getting my first push. The show was on ESPN and I was getting my first
TV exposure and, at that time, the business was changing. They started
to push guys based on the way they looked. They liked my look. Curt was
a really good performer so they put us together so he could kind of
carry me and that’s exactly what he did. This was before guaranteed
money and before guaranteed contracts so we were competing for the same
job. But, you know, he wasn’t a mark about it.  He did what was best
for the show and what was best for business and, along the way,
smartened me up like crazy. We used to study tapes when we were AWA
champs. He was married with a family and I’m a single guy in
Minneapolis. But, when the show came on, we would talk on the phone and
watch our matches. We would talk about it as we saw it back. He would
critique it for me then. It was just great. He was my first experience,
well not my first experience because I had been around Barry Windham and
Dusty Rhodes in Florida. I’d think, ‘Finally, I’m a pro-wrestler,
I’m going to towns, I’m a big deal.’ And Curt introduced me to
that lifestyle and how to do it right and how to have fun. It’s a
whole different game and it impacts your whole life. It’s tough but
Curt taught me to have fun. He said, ‘Always make fun. Always have
fun, even if you have to create your own.’ That’s one of the most
important things I learned from him.”

On his impact on Curt Hennig :
“If you look at me and Curt when we first hooked up in Minneapolis and
then you see the guy Mr. Perfect, you’ll see my impact on Curt. It
wasn’t just a one-way street. He taught me about business and we’d
get in the car after a match and we’d talk about nothing but
wrestling. And then, we were traveling together so, when we stopped to
eat, I’m helping him with the nutritional stuff. I’m a big-time
muscle head back then so I wanted to go to the gym every day. So, I get
Curt in the gym and eating right. If you look at Mr. Perfect, he has a
much better physique than he did in AWA and I’ll take credit for that
[laughs].”

On reuniting with Curt Hennig in the then-World Wrestling Federation:
“When I crossed paths with him again in the then-WWF, he was in a
great spot. He already had a built reputation for being a great
performer. Now, in WWF, Curt had been injured and he’s collecting his
Lloyd’s of London policy. But he’s so talented that they’re
keeping him around and Vince McMahon is grooming him to be a broadcaster
on Superstars. At the time, that’s the lead show, the main show and
this was before Raw. It was a lot harder and a lot more work. Curt was
in a great spot because he already proved he’s a great in-ring
performer and now he’s kind of like an ‘office guy’, but he’s
not. He was with [Bobby] Heenan and [Ric] Flair. So when Razor came in
the door, I already knew Curt. It’s like they strapped a rocket to my
back as far as being pushed, in a fan’s eye. And it was great to cross
paths with Curt because we had a strong bond in AWA.”

On Curt Hennig’s practical jokes:
“Curt was the world-class ribber. When we first crossed paths in
Minneapolis during the weekdays, we’d wrestle at little high schools.
So we’d change in the locker rooms and Curt would walk around and pull
on all the combination locks until he found one that wasn’t locked all
the way. He’d have about three or four locks in his bag and he would
take two guys’ wrestling bags and suitcases and lock the handles
together and call them ‘buddy bags.’ He did this, particularly to
two guys who don’t like each other so they’re forced for the rest of
the loop to walk through the airport together with ‘buddy bags.’ He
would put it on the hood ornament of your car and call it the
‘Teakettle Effect.’ While you’re driving down the road, it’d
rock back and forth against your paintjob. He’d take a padlock and put
it through the button-hole of your brand new designer shirt or on the
little loop of your cowboy boots where you pull them up, you know.
He’d put it through the belt loop of your new designer jeans so
you’d have to cut the loop. He was funny like that. He would always
look for the opportunity to have a laugh.”

On Curt Hennig’s wrestling style as a heel:
“What I liked about Curt was he was a wrestler first and then he could
always heat it up. He was a wrestling heel. Nick Bockwinkel was another
influential guy in the AWA at that time and Nick was a great performer.
He was a wrestling heel and a lot of people aren’t going to understand
what I mean. But, basically, you wrestle with the guy, the babyface
comes out on top, and then you cheat. Nick would pull the tights or use
the ropes or something to gain an advantage and then get back to
wrestling. I think that’s a lost art. Curt was great with that. Back
in the squash-match era, Curt would do a running dropkick and he always
gave the job-guy a spot. He would always have the guy reverse the
hip-toss, shoot him in to the ropes, and then go for a backdrop but then
Curt would leapfrog the guy and hit him with the running dropkick. So,
anybody listening, I dare you  to go and research that and you’ll see
Curt does that with almost every job match. He’s going to squash the
guy later and hit him with the Perfectplex but he always takes a
hip-toss first.”

On how he passes Curt Hennig’s wisdom onto younger talent:
“When I see young guys now, I remind them to enjoy this because your
life is going by. You know, you’re spending life on the road away from
your family so go ahead and have fun, too. Because, when you look around
that locker-room, some guys aren’t having fun. So why do it? It’s a
big sacrifice to make. Basically, you’re on the road entertaining
other people’s kids. Might as well have a little bit of fun, at
least…”

You can hear the snippet in its entirety on www.pandemoniumradio.com

Follow Scott Hall on Twitter @SCOTTHALLNWO

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About Pandemonium:
Pandemonium Radio Network was launched in March 2016. Pandemonium was
formerly part of the VOC Nation Radio Network’s show line-up on
www.vocnation.com. While Pandemonium’s host, Nani, was part of VOC
Nation Radio Network’s flagship show, VOC Wrestling Nation, they were
awarded the WRA for “Best Booked Show”. Pandemonium had been
nominated for several Wrestling Radio Awards, including “Male Interview
of the Year”, “Female Interview of the Year”, and “Best New Show” in
2015.

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