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1). What brought you to the Stampede Wrestling territory? How did you wind
up in Calgary working for Stu?
Bruce Hart had heard about me in England and out of the blue he phoned me up and asked me to wrestle for him in Calgary. He wanted me to wear the mask again to add a bit of interest. I was a bit reluctant as I had been wrestling without the mask for a few years, but I decided to give it a go.
2) What was your impression of the territory? What was your impression of
the Hart family?
I loved Canada, it is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly, but the cold got to me. I arrived there with just the clothes I wore in England and got a touch of frost bite. The Hart family did not seem to be well organised. Bret was the best wrestler out of all of them.
3). Did you ever go down to the infamous Hart house "Dungeon?" Were you
stretched by Stu?
I have been to the dungeon many times for training, but was never stretched, I was fit in those days and could look after myself.
4). What was the best angle you worked, while working for Stampede?
I think the best angle was working up to the fight with Jude Rosenbloom. He was supposed to be a martial arts expert, or so John Foley said, so we worked on that angle.
5). I heard Stampede could be a very political territory, with the Harts,
particularly Stu and Bruce fighting behind the scenes about how the show
should be run. Did you experience anything like that?
I knew Stu and Bruce were always at each others throats, but it did not effect me at all.
6). I've heard Bruce could be very manipulative with some of the wrestlers.
What was your experience with Bruce in particular?
I got on very well with Bruce, I would not stand for any of the nonsense he wanted me to do and he just left me alone.
7). You were only in the territory for a short amount of time, if I'm not
mistaken. Late October 1981 to late December 81 (correct me if I'm wrong).
And you worked again for a three month tour in 1982. What was the best angle
you worked while in Stampede?
Answer as No 4
8). Why did you stay for such a short time? What brought you home?
My contract was only for 3 months anyway and I had a lot of good work piling up for me back home, including TV work and a few acting parts.
9). Did you work the infamous Stampede loop a lot, across the Canadian
prairies in the winter? Any particular memories about that experience?
I did the loop many times, they were very long cold trips and very tiring. My best memories were working at Hobbema Native American Reservation. I loved meeting the people and talking about their history. It was a great thrill talking with Chief Little Britches.
10). I've spoken to a lot of the wrestlers about the old days on the road,
and those sound like wild times? Lots of wine, drugs, fights, ribs....Did you see
any of the fun? Any road stories that really stand out for you.??
Take any wrestler the world over and they are all the same. They love a good rib, the best being Dynamite Kid and Bruce Hart. There were drugs around but not the hard stuff, just something to calm the lads down after a long hard journey. I have lots of stories to tell, but it would fill a book, so every month I add new ones to my website. www.theamazingkungfu.co.uk
11). Who were the best wrestlers you worked with in Stampede?
I worked with some great wrestlers in Canada, all true professionals, but I think the hardest bout was with the Dynamite Kid. He was very fit and strong, he was the one who unmasked me and then ripped my mask up in the ring.
12). Tell me your memories/impressions about the following guys.... Bret
Although I got on very well with Bret but he was the most untidy person I have ever met. I went to his house once and thought someone had broken in and smashed the place up as it was a total mess. He was very laid back, he would tell you he would pick you up at 1.00 but would not arrive till 3.00.
13). Dynamite Kid. Was he as tough as they say? He was so incredible in the
ring, wasn't he? (I see you list him as one of the toughest wrestlers you
The Dynamite Kid was once of the best wrestlers in the world, everyone had great respect for him. Sadly he finished wrestling years ago through injury and is now confined to a wheel chair. What a sad ending to a true superstar.
14). Jim Neidhart? (Heard he was a laugh riot to hang out with and a crazy,
over-the-top party boy).
Jim Neidhart was a big touch guy and a great wrestler. He was full of life and would never sit still, always up to something and loved playing tricks on the other wrestlers.
15). JR Foley (Great heel manager... heard he had a terrible drinking problem.... and that the Harts used to rib him mercilessly behind the scenes) ?
Foley was a great heel manager, very funny and was also a good wrestler in his day. The Harts were always playing tricks on him, like the time they put powder on top of his cowboy hat and when he took it off in the ring, he got covered in white powder.
16). Davey Boy Smith?
I knew Davey very well from back in England when he was young skinny kid. I couldn’t believe how much muscle he had put on, must have been the big Canadian steaks, or something else.??
17). Judas Rosenbloom?
He wasn’t a great wrestler but he would always do his best, and was a very nice person to be with.
18). Mike Hammer.?
He was always a bit scruffy but another nice guy.
19). Adrian Street?
Adrian and me were great pals, I fought him many times in England and he was a great showman. We would sometimes sit up to 4.00 in the morning having a large meal which he would cook, and a few bottles of wine. They were great days.
20). I will never forget the angle they did right when you left the
promotion, where the Great Gama supposedly scarred you for life after
throwing a flash of fire in your face while you were figthing Judas
Rosenbloom? It looked so real! As I kid I was absolutely distressed thinking
this was real and that Gama had just blinded you for life? Please tell me
everything you remember about that match?
It was flash paper that Gama threw in my face. He had it rolled up in his hand and when he threw it, the friction would ignite it into a ball of fire. Although it looked good it did not burn me at all. It must have been my good acting that convinced you that it was real. I was leaving for home the next day so it was a good way to finish me off. Sorry if it caused you any distress.
21). Did the Harts call the ambulance on you to carry you off in a
No, I did not need an ambulance. Bruce Hart took me back to my apartment in his car as soon as I got back to the dressing room. I don’t know what they told the crowd had happened to me, but I bet it was over the top.
22). When you came back to the territory in 82, did they let Kung Fu get his
revenge on Gama?
No, I never met Great Gama again, pity, I think we could have had a good bout, and worked a lot of angles.
23). I heard Ed Whalen used to fight with the Harts over the content of the
show. He'd get very distressed when things got too violent as he wanted it
to be family entertainment. How did Ed like the fire in the face angle?
I am sorry but I don’t remember much about Ed Whalen. Was he the commentator for the TV bouts.??
24). Is there anybody you keep in touch with from Stampede Wrestling.??
No, I don’t keep in touch with the Stampede wrestlers. I go to the UK wrestlers reunions every year in Kent, England every year and see all the old boys again and relive the past. I still write to friends I met out in Canada, we exchange photographs to see how time is changing us.
25). What do you do these days?
I gave up wrestling about 12 years ago due to a knee injury and since then I operate the beach lifeguard services for the local council. A bit like Baywatch but without the beautiful girls and sunny days, it’s a job that still keeps me alive.
26). What was it like to fight The Dynamite Kid.??
I don’t remember much about the bout with Dynamite Kid, other than it was very hard and fast and yes, he did unmask me.