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From: Piers Austin

Hi i am a huge fan of xpw and the franchise i am about to start my pro wrestling training i live in Australia after i complete my training i am wanting to do the Indy circuit in Australia for a while then i am wanting to go to the state to wrestle for a few promotions there. My question after i have done my training and i go to the states how would i go about getting in contact with xpw so i could do some shows and hopefully learn more about this business from the very talented xpw roster? This is a very serious question and i am very interested to know thank you very much for your time

Shane's Answer:

If you go to the XPWrestling web site you should find a list of the companies we use as training centers. Get work there and youíll be on your way to a career in XPW and the States. GOOD LUCK!!!


From: Michael Reynolds

What wrestler past or present would you love to wrestle? What wrestlers did you or you still idolize?

Shane's Answer:

I would love to wrestle Ric Flair in his prime. I donít believe wrestling has seen a more legitimate feud in the last 10-15 years and it was sad the WCW handled, or should I say mishandled, it. As for my idol, I would have to say three names: Bruno Sammartino (being from Pitt), Ricky Steamboat (so it was a special treat for me to tag with him AND win Titles!, and finally, and most interestingly, Ric Flair (I believe him to be the all-time measuring stick in the business and he was the reason I entered the business!)


From: Smoove K

Who is the most absolutely pathetic crybaby you have met in your wrestling career?

Shane's Answer:

It depends on what you mean by ďcrybabyĒ...but Shawn Micheals really pops into my head quickly when I hear that term.


From: Almightyscrob

Is there anyway XPW can get on the TV in the Bay Area of CA? I'm stuck with watching that storybook wrestling crap.

Shane's Answer:

We are currently set to debut on In Demand pay per view sometime in May or June. If all of our fans who want to see us out there, and currently canít, buy this ppv it will be a huge success and will warrant more such events so ďSpread the Word!Ē


From: Eric

Shane, I've been a fan of yours since the first time I saw ECW. What are your thoughts on the other "independents", specifically CZW, ROH, 3PW, and NWA: TNA? It's great to see XPW in Pittsburgh finally offering an alternative to the monopoly. Keep up the good work.

Shane's Answer:

Well My thoughts on the independent feds youíve mentioned can only be based on what Iíve viewed of the (Limited) but mostly on their actions in the Philly Market. I am sadly amused that some of the companies youíve mentioned couldn't defeat us in the ring so they had to rely on a smear campaign of lies and innuendos. I can honestly state that our sole intention of doing business in Philly was, and will be when we return, to draw and entertain fans... Those other companies should try the same. or canít they do that?!?! As for Pittsburgh, we will be returning on April 19, hope to see the massive crowd we had last time and more...


From: Chris

Shane, why did you decide to cut your long hair off in early 99 after losing the title to Taz after having it long for over 3 years or so? Was it just by choice that you needed a change or did it have anything to do with your new face character when you started the feud between you and Justin?

Shane's Answer:

No, the honest truth is I had been wanting a new look and direction for the character fotr some time but Paul Heyman was dead set against the idea. He said he forbade me from cutting my hair saying it was integral to the character so I cut it after the very unprofessional way he handled the title change between me and TAZ.


From: Justin

I've been noticing something over the past few weeks, and thought I know that there is an ill chance of it being "revealed" if it is in fact true, I figured.. what the hell, I'll ask anyway. Certainly, with the appearance of guys such as Raven, and Jerry Lynn on the XPW shows, while being known NWA-TNA stars.. And for that matter, the appearance of guys like The Sandman on NWA-TNA, while being XPW talent (or. At least he used to be, heh).. It has brought about this crazy idea in my head that perhaps XPW and NWA-TNA are secretly working together, to help strengthen one another, if only to bring about a rise to this era's WCW (i.e. ..National competition to the WWE) ..So, I figured I'd go ahead and ask, if there is any truth to an alignment between the two promotions, or am I just overanalyzing things? Also, I noticed upon purchase of the Baptized In Blood III DVD, that your promo upon winning the World Title had been cut out, and the DVD more or less immediately cut to the credits following the victory. It seemed a little weird to me, since the promo set the basis for the storyline that XPW has been following since that day, so I was wondering if there was a set reason for this? If you decide to use this, or just answer it.. thanks in advance. I've been a big fan of your work for a long time, and I'm certainly hoping that you stick around for years to come.

Shane's Answer:

We are not officially working together. However, we are trying do help each other in less tangible ways like allowing talent to work in both promotions, etc. As for the deletion of the promo, I didnít know that it was but I will find out!


From: Brandon Hoover

I was just wondering whom you think could put xpw over the top, and if you think that it has what it takes to be as big as ECW.

Shane's Answer:

We need to keep adding to the roster of talent people like Justin Credible, Jery Lynn, and Raven. We also have to get our financial house in order. The rapid growth I brought to the company has been both helpful AND EXPENSIVE. we can weather the storm through to the aforementioned ppv, and live events like the one in Pittsburgh, we can, indeed, become this decades ECW. Lets cross our fingers!


From: Mike

First off, Shane, I had the chance to meet you and chat for a moment while at an ECW house show in Poughkeepsie, NY back in 1998. I just wanted to say you are truly a class act in pro wrestling, and by far the most entertaining performer I've ever seen live. My question for you is in regards to "spectator involvement". Back in December '96 during an ECW Arena match involving yourself & Francine vs. Tommy Dreamer & Beulah, a fan at ringside picked up a chair and nailed you in the head with it, which led to a confrontation in the stands. Have you ever experienced anything else like this in your career, or was this the most over-the-top incident?

Shane's Answer:

That definately was one of the most outrageous moments of my career. Every so often some idiot fan forgets that we are a shoe, DUH!!! As was the case of a fan in Allentown. In that case a fatass fan attacked me by spitting in my face then sucker-punching me twice in the face and then had the gonads to press charges against me. I am proud to report that I didnít fold to that bogus attempt to rob me of money. Without getting into particulars (those will come in my book to come later) this goober found a scheister lawyer (imagine that) to press the issue by suing me, ECW, and The Allentown Fairgrounds. Neither me or the Fairgrounds gave one red cent to this piece of trash, but ECW did give him a trivial amopunt of money rather than litigate the case. Our case was amazingly strong yet probably would have cost more to litigat than payoff. Therein lies the inherent weakness of our legal system. The cure is simple, force losing litigants to pay all fees and court costs, and lawyer fees. Something tell me that this ass would have thought twice about lying in such a case in an attempt to ďhit the lotteryĒ if he thought he might incur say $100,000-200,000 legal tab. Both Japan and Britain have made such changes and, not coincidentally, have seen preciptous drops in the number of frivolous lawsuits. The problem here is that laws can only be changed in state legislatures or in Congress. Most politicians are guess what by trade??? Yep, LAWYERS. Do you think theyíre going to change a law that brings them untold millions each year? I donít think so, but some radical politician whose not afraid to make waves might. Hmmm, now who do we know that fits that bill?!?!


From: Chadd

Do you think you will ever do any shows in Maine or in the Boston area?. Iím a big fan of xpw i have all the tapes I just hate it that you guys donít have a real live tv show every week. And it would be nice to see you guys with a major TV deal. DO you think your going to have a real show live every week I hear you want to do one, do you think itís going to happen?

Shane's Answer:

All markets are targets for expansion. Some factors that go into such a decision are what type of fan base do we have there, how strong is wrestling traditionally in that market, how available are good time slots, how expensive are those time slots, etc, etc, etc. We are always on the lookout for any regional or national TV deal This is precisely why I have taken gtreat strains to ensure that XPW was completely seperated from the adult movie/merchandise company also owned by Rob Black


From: Chad

Shane, Just wondering whatís your opinion about the WWE buying ECW?

Shane's Answer:

The only opinion I have of their potential purchase of the ECW name and Library is that not having been compensted for my work on said library that I would fight to ensure that I am fairly compensated for that work. Letís face it, the ubiquitousness of the Franchise throughout that library would make it pretty dry if all of my segments were forcibly removed to protect my trademarks. I am confident that some fair offer could avoid any legal wrangling.


From: Chris

Shane, could you compare working with Francine in ECW compared to Torrie Wilson in WCW and Lizzy now in XPW? Did you have a better chemistry with either of them compared to another or you enjoyed working with one over the other, and as someone who added more to the Franchise character?

Shane's Answer:

Each of them had their strengths and weaknesses. I would have to say that the most successful pairing came with Francine. Thatís only because, as a company, ECW was more focused on allowing us to get over. Indeed, it was imperative that we get over for the sake of the company, thus we we more heavily pushed than say Torrie, or to date, Lizzy. Lizzy and I are developing a good chemistry but are hindered by the limited number of dates we work each month. In ECW, Francine and I worked, and travelled together for say 10-12 days out of every month compared to 1-3 days per with Lizzy.


From: Chris

Shane, you are always at the top of you game in the ring as well as physically. But for a fan of yours for years i thought 1996 stood out as your best year not only ring wise, but physically as well as you were probably the #1 heel in the world that time and doing some of your best in ring work at that time. My question is what year of the Franchise character do you feel was your best overall?

Shane's Answer:

I would agree with your assessment of 1996. Thats because I was in the best shape of my career (recently age and injuries have conspired to make it more diificult to get into that shape, although I still try), and I was coming off that ill-fated trip to the WWF (perhaps the worst career decision I have ever made) and so I was eager to shove it up someones ass, and I believe I did just that. Thanks for agreeing!


From: Chris

Shane, what is your opinion on the WWE trying to do an animated cartoon series that is suppose to start hopefully by 2004? You think we should chalk this up to another million dollar loss by Vince come this time next year if those goes through, knowing apparently they have lost over 9 million in 3rd quarter loses already and have closed down their theme restaurant?

Shane's Answer:

I honestly believe that WWE needs to refocus on the core product of their company-WRESTLING, WRESTLING, WRESTLING!!! Look if your cars engine is blown it doesnít make much sense to take it to Maaco for a cool paint job, right?! First you gotta fix the damn engine. In wrestling terms the WWE needs to get some ring generals who know how to call matches in the ring and can quickly audible if something is going awry. I donít see many there currently. For some reason, todayís wrestlers (not just in the WWE) want to sit back amd talk over their match for hours and hours before the actual match. Then, once their in the ring, if something gets missed or isnít being bought by the audience, the match fails miserably. Say it with me...RING GENERALS!


From: Chris

What, in your eyes, is the biggest difference between Shane Douglas and Troy Martin?

Shane's Answer:

Great question. I guess the main difference is Troy Martin has that impulse control that prevents us from robbing a bank, hitting a woman, killing someone, etc. The Franchise is all about reckless abandon. I have often said that I portry the Franchise to have few, or no, redeeming qualities. He is an a**hole and is meant to be. Thus, the morality play in the storylines is that asses like the Franchise ultimately get their come uppance. Also, I believe Troy Martin is much more handsome, but thats just my humble opinion. HaHa.


From: Sean Widup

What would you say is you biggest pet peeve about wrestling? Do you visit Fan sites a lot?

Shane's Answer:

My biggest pet peeve about wrestling is the absolute lacking of what I stated above, ring generals or wrestlers who can go out and have a match without ďrehearsingĒ it for hours in the back- unsure of how the target audience will recieve it. As for web sites I have very little time to ďplayĒ on the computer what with my responsibilities to both XPW AND my family. I will say this, though, the one thing that really pisses me off is the sheere multitude of people on the web that have an agenda, and the volume of those pundits who really think they know this business better than those of us in it. Look , Iíve spent nearly 22 years of my life learning this business. I guarantee you there is no sheet writer, etc that better understands this business than me. That's not saying I am a know-it-all. But just because Iíve watched football since I was five hardly qualifies me to opine in a way that says I am more knowledgeable about football than say John Madden, or even a Dan Marino.


From: Mike

Shane, throughout your career you have been involved with several versions of the Triple Threat - between Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Lance Storm, Chris Candido, Brian Lee & Bam Bam Bigelow. In your opinion, which version of the Triple Threat was your favorite, and why?

Shane's Answer:

My favorite version of the Triple Threat would have to have been with Chris Candido, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Thatís simply because thatís the version that was best utilized. We also had a great chemistry together.


From: Christian Flay

Shane, can i say Shane to you Iím from AUSTRIA and the biggest Franchise Fan in Austria. You sad in the German wrestling magazine POWER WRESTLING that you and Dean Malenko are no more friends is this true or not. I WANNA SEE XPW ON GERMAN FREE TV

Shane's Answer:

No Christian, I am deeply saddened to say that Dean Malenko and I are no longer friends nor will we be. We are currently working through Power Wrestling editor-in-chief Wolfgang Stach to bring our show to Germany. Coincidentally, back in 1995 I had the opportunity to tour both Germany and Austria with the WWF and must say, being of German descent was in awe of the beauty and history of both countries. I would love to someday return. Let your TV stations know that your are interested in bringing XPW to German Free TV. Hope to see you soon.


From: Rodney

Shane, first off let me say i am a huge fan of yours, blah blah blah, you've heard it all before. i do have one minor observation/complain, whatever you might call it, on the xpw web site there are only like 2 of your Philly event's in the live event section of the web site's store, i know you have had at least 5 more shows since the first two, so why haven't they appeared on the site yet? i was just wondering since where i live, in Raleigh, N.C. i can't find xpw anywhere on tv unlike when i lived in California. i guess you guys are too extreme for N.C., anyway just thought Iíd ask. i would really appreciate an answer, even if this doesn't get posted. thank you. and LONG LIVE THE FRANCHISE. as an aside, when you do retire, have you ever given any thought to maybe opening a school to teach young guys who want to try and get into the business? thanks Shane, you have always been my favorite wrestler and a role model in many other ways for me (being a man, not kissing ass, etc etc) Hope n .c will get xpw sometime soon.

Shane's Answer:

Well Rodney, youíre talking to someone who is one step above illiteate when it comes to computers but I do try. Thusly, I canít answer your question about the web site. If there is an e-mail adress to forward questions to the sight I would try that. As for North Carolina, I do believe that much like ECW, XPW would have trouble obtaining TV clearances in the ďBible BeltĒ. Especially, in the post 9/11 environment. But, as I said above, you can follow us via videos sold at all major video retailers (Suncoast, etc), and we will be coming to ppv by May or June on In Demand and/or Direct TV.


From: Tom

In your opinion, what do you consider to be you all-time Top Five Matches in your Career? Also, you state that videos are the way to promote an organization like XPW. What do you think about a PPV approach, like what NWA-TNA uses? Finally, if Egos are the biggest problem that affects the wrestling business, who, in your opinion would epitomize using their ego for the betterment of the business (past or present)?

Shane's Answer:

Great questions... I am poor at judging my matches, but I am proud of the first-ever 3-way Dance between me, Sabu, and Terry Funk. I am also proud of the feud between me and Taz that culminated with the title loss at the Florida PPV, and I am very proud of the main-event marquee match between me and Bam Bam Bigelow at the 1997 November to Remember in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first, and perhaps only legitimate $100,000 live gate for ECW (and we turned away between 1200 and 1500 fans). I am also proud of my matches with Ricky Steamboat. As for PPV, please see above-stated answers. And as for egos I would have to say that the most classy use of their ego (because lets face it we all have one in this business) would be no question- Mr. Ricky Steamboat.


From: Mickey

Hey Shane first let me say I really like what you have done with XPW. From where it was to where it is now is really great. I was just wondering about some things. First whom from ECW do you still talk to? Also since you have some past ECW guys do you think you might bring in a past ECW girl? It might be cool to bring in Kimona or maybe get Beulah to comeback with Raven. Also does XPW plain on getting a HUGE TV DEAL anytime soon? I live in Kansas City and we don't get to see really great wrestling anymore other then WWE. I would love to see XPW in KC one day as XPW is great wrestling and knows how to treat there talent. Also have you given any thought to bringing in Slyk Wanger Brown and April Hunter? They both are great talent and could do a lot in XPW. They both play great heels and I think when you were in WCW April was a NWO Girl. Also what do you think about NWA-TNA and the talent they have? I could see some of them in XPW like Kid Kash w/Trinity, Jason Cross, Paul London, and some others. Also do you think you might work with NWA-TNA now that Francine isn't with them anymore? Let Me Know

Shane's Answer:

Wow! Youíve got alot of questions peppered in there. I stay in touch with a few of my former ECW co-horts like Taz and Bubba Ray. You never know who we might bring in male or female. The only rule of thumb we have is we wonít deal with anyoneís drama BS (Hint, Hint).As for a HUGE tv deal please see my answers above about coming PPVís as I believe PPV deals are HUGE deals. And as for all the names youíve mentioned we are always looking at ways to improve the talent roster.


From: Chris

Shane, do you dye your hair or put any highlights in it or are just naturally that blonde?

Shane's Answer:

I am a natural blonde, have been since birth. But as Iíve gotten older it has turned a bit darker and under the tv lights looks almost dirty. Therefore I let the tanning beds, or when available Real Sun, lighten in to the color youíre accustomed to seeing.


From: Sander Barth

Dear Mr. Douglas, My name is Sander Barth a 22-year-old student from the "non-wrestling" country The Netherlands, Europe. I have a question about making a promotion bigger and more attractive. In The Netherlands we have an wrestling promotion called "Freestyle Championship Wrestling". A promotion that started back in 1997 with 3 man in the attendance that paid a ticket. Nowadays FCW is a bigger promotion with a 2 monthly show and an attendance between the 80 and 300 people. Several superstars had made their appearance at an FCW house show (including XPW superstar Jonny Storm, Jodie Fleisch, Michael Kovac, Ulf Hermann, Jeff Rocker, Chris Hero) the problem is that there is not enough public to make a show profitable (most of the times). So that there are not many ways to book "superstars". What kind of advice do you give to the Freestyle Championship Wrestling promotion in Holland to attract more public and superstars (I am just an FCW fan, not a promoter)???

Shane's Answer:

Wow, this is very difficult for me to answer since I am completely unaware of how the media, etc. operate in the Netherlands. Needless to say, this is the key to succesful promoting. One way is to make the media see that the wrestler being brought into the Netherlands has near-celebrity status. Perhaps a former huge name from the WWF like a Ricky Steamboat, or perhaps a wrestler with a cult following like yours truly. I was amazed that when I went to Germany in 1995 with the WWF that every arena had dozens of signs that read ďWelcome to the Franchise Dean DouglasĒ. This showed me that ECW had a tremendous following in Europe and perhaps the Netherland. As I understand it there is an upcoming card somewhere in the Netherlands. My webmaster will try and keep you posted. Thaks for the question.


From: Gary

What are your plans after your wrestling days are over? I heard you were thinking about going into politics.

Shane's Answer:

I do plan on going into politics. I have even formed an informal committee to look at certain aspects of running a campaign (ie: internet and other media, fundraising, etc.) Stay-tuned for wrestler-turned-politician part deux...


From: Ryan Do you think you would do an invasion angle with NWA TNA? XPW vs. NWA

Shane's Answer:

Anything is possible. If it would be good for us, and good for them, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY , sought by the fans, then you can bet Iíd try it.


From: seven

When challenging Ric flair back in ecw was it a work to get noticed or a real life feud and how did u injure your elbow back in 1997?

Shane's Answer:

No I have repeatedly stated that it was a shoot and have redundantly expounded as to the reasons for the heat. It is now old news. My elbow was injured by the same fan that attacked me in Allentown in 1997 and further injured in the match in Pittsburgh (November to Remember ď97) against Bigelow.


From: Andrew Ranson

I am a big fan of yours, but i have to ask what the reason that Kaos was released. He has been there longer than you have, no offense intended.

Shane's Answer:

I did not release him, that was a decision that came from above me so, sorry, I canít answer that.


From: Bob

Is there any wrestling school you would recommend any good wrestling schools in or around NJ and will we ever see any triple threat t-shirts for sale.

Shane's Answer:

I donít know enough about anyoneís wrestling schools to give it a recomendation, sorry. As for the shirts, yes, this site will have them back in the next couple of months.


From: JAMES

Hey there Shane i wanted to say that u are my inspiration for becoming the man that i am now...but i wanted to ask u a few questions: what was the reason that you let kaos go from xpw? As well do u have that "open door policyĒ that the nwa-tna has with their company?....if so then is there anyone in xpw that u can comment on that has a guaranteed contract? what is the likely hood of bringing in someone like john kronus and say Perry Saturn in to reform the eliminators?.....sorry i have so many questions to ask u franchise......when will xpw be selling xpw home videos here in Canada...say like hmv, music world, Sam the record man etc?....can u comment on the fact that xpw has been running in business for almost four years half of what the late great ecw was in business and has done more in terms of business and even talent? lastly(for now..lol)when do u plan to do another long lengthy net interview for your fans like myself that donít get to hear nor see enough of you? I listened over and over again to the noholdsbarred.com interview and it was amazing!

Shane's Answer:

Well, Here goes: See Above answer about KAOS, We do have an open door policy provided these dates donít conflict with our dates, As stated above any and all GOOD talent would be looked at favorably, As for video sales in Canada, Iíll have to get back tou on that one as Iím unaware, That was one reason I came to XPW because they did have some attributes that made future growth more possible (ie:video distribution, etc), And yes, I will plan on doing another lengthy interview perhaps here on this site, STAY TUNED!


From: dax ireland

who came up with the "franchise" character? What is your favorite angle ever done in ECW? Who is your favorite person to work with? Is it anybody that you hate or despise for any reason? Are any of your promos ad-libs or written?

Shane's Answer:

The franchise character was in name concieved by Paul Heyman. The character, as became known was created soley by me. My favorite angle would have to be with the NWA title because it was such a shock to everyone (only Paul, Tod Gordon, and I knew),plus it had such an impact on what ECW became. It has become a story of legend in the business and for that I am Proud.


From: Chris

Shane, i had just recently checked out the Shawn Michaels shoot interview conducted by RF Video. Shawn and his huge ego and drug problems aside, he had mentioned that Triple H in general had offered tips to you on how to work the Dean Douglas character and to make it better and as Shawn had put it you did not take any advice that was offered. Is this a true statement, as I know Shawn has had many problems in the past that are well documented, would you care to give us some of the little tidbits that Triple H had offered you to put into the Dean Douglas character and why you did not take some of the advice if in fact it is true that said advice was offered?

Shane's Answer:

To the best of my recollection the only advice (if youíd call it that) was to show me some drawings of potential ring robes he had drawn. Unfortunately, Vince was set in his idea of what the Dean should wear. That is the only advice I can honestly say I recieved from HHH. If you ask those that really know me I am sure they will tell you that I am very receptive to input.


From: Chris Franz

I know you looked right at my sign when you came back to Pittsburgh. The Messiah got thumbs? How do you feel about that? And how did you think the show in Pittsburgh did? Did it go ok? The ropes broke and all.

Shane's Answer:

I have exhaustively answered this but will again. I would not work for someone I believed had someone elseís thumbs cut off. Thusly, I donít believe Rob Black played any role in this horrible event. He would be the first person looked at suspiciously and would stand to lose everything not the least of which would be his freedom. I donít see where as a former wrestler on your roster would lead one to such violence and at such possible cost. That said, my heart goes out to Messiah. He was always very respctful in our earlier meetings and I find him to be a tremendous in-ring talent. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. As for the Pittsburgh show we were very happy both with the show and the BUZZ created in its wake. Weíve gotten some great tv from the show and are looking forward to our return on April 19. Tix on sale soon at Ticketmaster.