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From: Trev

Hey franchise. Been a fan of yours as far back as I can remember. My question is...what is your opinion of the way the wrestling business is headed with the WWE (puke) being the more noticed promotion and where do you see the business in 5 years...keep kickin ass

Shane's Answer:

I personally don’t like the direction of the WWE right now. I don’t feel that the “real” talent of the WWE dressing room is being tapped. For instance, guys like Benoit, Guerrero (both), Lance Storm, RVD, and even Kurt Angle aren’t allowed to advance to levels of HHH (a Flair/Douglas character rip-off if ever there was one!), Undertaker, etc. I’d love to watch it again if these talents were pushed and HHH (Mr. Originality!!!), Shawn Michaels, Nash, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc were brought down off their egos a few notches. Is it just me, or has Shawn’s back miraculously recovered just as many off the then-top stars like Rock and Austin stepped on? Vince was a nice Sugar-Daddy, huh Shawn? As or the biz 5 years from now - I hope there is one! I do believe wrestling could follow that after 1960’s sport entertainment, Roller Derby, if not corrected. Sounds crazy huh? Just watch.


From: Chris

Shane, was their any plans in 1996 to have yourself and the Eliminators be the new Triple Threat before Candido came into the company? I know it was teased at the August 96 show when you held up three fingers to them after their cage match with the Gangstas. Also whose idea was it to have Candido and Brian Lee as the members?

Shane's Answer:

Sorry, absolutely no plans for the Eliminators to be part of the Triple Threat. That’s simply because they were such a great team they were a “stand-alone” talent. No need to “help” them as they were way over on their own.


From: Trev

What are your thoughts that you never got the chance to get a push at the WCW world heavyweight ?

Shane's Answer:

Well, I’ve spoken at length that I believe I, as many a talent in WCW at that time, were totally and completely underutilized in favor of the “Book-Ends.” That is, the talents too freakin’ old to help draw, or those talents too freakin’ green to help draw. Why tap 15-17 year talents that had been proven draws elsewhere. No one would burry a 35 year old heel widely regarded as one of the best talkers in the biz, and no too shabby an in-ring performer to boot. Nah, the Franchise could never help. Can you sense the sarcasm oozing from that last statement. As for the WCW World Title - you, the fans, could better answer that question than I could. So lets hear it…would the fans have bought the Franchise as WCW World Champion?


From: Victor Rodgers

Hello Shane I was recently watching Natural Born Killers 96. In the main event cage match between the Gangstas and the Eliminators You interfered on the Eliminators behalf. After the match you were holding up the Triple Threat sign to Saturn & Kronus Was this an angle where you reform the Triple Threat with the Eliminators? If so why was it stopped? If you could answer my question I would be very grateful?

Shane's Answer:

See above-answered question by “Chris”. I would often tease the Triple Threat logo with other top talents in ECW to lend further intrigue to the already-strong storylines.


From: Tad

Hey franchise if you could start up a new triple threat with anyone who would they be and why?

Shane's Answer:

My differences aside, I would love to reform a Triple Threat wit the , in my humble opinion, best in-ring technician working today, Chris Benoit (one of the original members in 1994). As for that ever-evolving #3 spot, I would be proud to have fellow Pittsburgher, Kurt Angle, as a Triple Threat member. There you have it.
**SIDE NOTE** I would love to have Paul LeVesque as an honorary member because he would be invaluable in making sure I didn’t repeat old sayings, phrases, and/or quotes from old promos of mine. After all, he certainly has a fluid command of all of my old mic work as evidenced with his continual, and embarrassingly shameful (for him) verbatim plagiarism of old Franchise promos. Why would he ever copy such a “bottom of the card talent” as me? Sounds like a wannabe to me. Sorry dude, the schnoz and outfits of late make you look more like a Flair wannabe even as you act and sound like a Franchise wannabe. Seems you’re aware that Paul LeVesque (or HHH for that matter) is too damn bland to draw. Well, you could always date the boss’s daughter… Oops, sorry.


From: Christopher Godfrey

I was on the MLW Street Team for their Genesis show, which you worked. What happened between you and them? Was it because of you being the XPW World Champ?

Shane's Answer:

No, Actually there was a breakdown in communication from both sides. I understand they (MLW) have gotten a TV deal on Sunshine network?! If so, good for them, and good luck to them. Heaven knows the business needs some competition to both improve the state of the business and, oddly, bring competition to the WWE which, in the past, made for some great WWE TV.


From: Chris

Shane, I know you must have a ton of funny road stories throughout the years in wrestling that you have come into. Is their one in particular that you always like tell to people and if so do you mind sharing it with the rest of the board here?

Shane's Answer:

You’ve touched on why I want to, and plan to, write a book about my years in the business. There are tons of stories that come to mind and I’m sure scores more that I could recollect. However, one that always comes to mind relates to the Great Blizzard of 1993. My partner then, a wrestler by the name of Rick “The Dragon” Steamboat (perhaps you’ve heard of him Ha Ha) insisted on driving his beautiful, diesel 700-series Mercedes Benz car to a show in the mountains north of Atlanta, GA. Being from Charlotte, NC meant it would only be a 3-4 hour drive and, most importantly, would him to sleep in his own bed that night. Well, even though forecasters were calling for record snowfalls, none of us believed snow would fall this far south. Indeed, by match time not one snowflake had fallen. By intermission there were 6 inches down and more, much, much more (we would come to learn) on the way. Now Ricky’s beautiful Benz was a rear-wheel drive car. Not good fro traveling snowy roads. Needless to say, we only had traveled about 5 miles after one hour of sliding and so, parked his car at a closed business and decides to make a try in my rental which was front-wheel drive. Well, even with this luxury we only made about 9 miles before deciding to pull over and get a room. Good choice, we were stuck there for nearly a week. As is turned out, this was a better choice not if we had tried to drive out, as 10 miles down the road, at an area locals call Queen’s Pass, 25-30 cars got trapped in 3-5 foot deep snow. The funny side of the story comes with the fact that Ricky hates the cold. Our plan had us staying the night and departure set for the next morning. “You know,” Ricky said, “after road crews have cleared the roads.” What Ricky’s plan hadn’t accounted for was the fact that this was Georgia, and Georgia road crews don’t encounter many snowfalls. They certainly never (until March of ‘93 that is!) expect record, blizzard type snowfalls nearly 3 ½ feet deep with drifts over 12 feet deep. As you can surmise, Ricky’s plan had a slight flaw in it. The following morning, I was awoken by a loud, slow pounding at my door. Being nearly naked, I called through the door “who is it?”. The reply I heard was “do ya ya ya ya you ha ha ha have any heeaattt?” I opened the door and found Mr. Steamboat wrapped in his blanket and shaking like a leaf. All I could see behind him, literally everything, was completely covered in white. Well, we were stranded with no TV, radio, or phone service for nearly a week. Thus, a word of caution to any and all traveling w/ Ricky in winter weather. Refuse the luxurious cars and stick w/ your own plan. Ha Ha.