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[1992-09-02-WCW-Clash of the Champions XX] Interview: Bruno Sammartino

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Bruno talks about how the WWF (without saying their name) has been an embarrassment and he's proud to see WCW bringing back the kind of wrestling he remembers. Then we segue to Teddy Long in the VIP room, and we see Gordon Solie, Andre the Giant, Bob Armstrong and Thunderbolt Patterson.

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Was Bruno still around by the time of White Castle of Fear? Bruno says WCW reminds him of his wrestling. Andre here is pretty surreal. They just acknowledge him and don't even get a few words from him.

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Bruno looks a bit like Brando. Says WWF has been an embarassment and that he'll be at Havoc. Because Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal is how he and Watts did it back in the day. Clip of Andre, dressed for the Princess Bride, then Teddy Long interviews Bob Armstrong, Thunderbolt Patterson.

 

I've never been a fan of Bruno on the mic -- either on TV or in an interview/podcast setting and this is no different.

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Bruno is happy to be associated with REAL wrestling, and this has a hilarious payoff later in the broadcast. Seeing Andre in this setting for this promotion was mindblowing. Bob seems completely unaware of his kid's knee injury. Teddy Long and T-Bolt have a mini-Baptist revival before Long sends it to Mr. Wrestling II, from Hawaii via satellite.

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Bullet Bob stole the show here. Then again, he's the only one interviewed who still had practice cutting promos on any sort of regular basis, so it stands to reason. I liked the back and forth between Peanuthead and T-Bolt too.

 

Andre had absolutely nothing to regret. Vince had no further use for him, so he was free to do as he pleased with what little time he had left. It shows you the kind of guy Vince is that he'd be so petty when he knew Andre was dying, or at least close to it. And, as an aside, who the hell cares if his gimmick's killed at this point, Shoe? He isn't going to be wrestling anymore in North America.

 

Bruno was probably there more as a favor to his old friend Watts than anything else. Yes, he also wanted to stick it to Vince, but he could do that any old time. You can nitpick individual instances that make him look like a hypocrite all day long, but it's the overall WCW philosophy he supported, not every single man or gimmick on the roster. He had things he was opposed to back when he was champion, too.

 

Nice to see Gordon. Do you think we might actually get him to call a match or two sometime in the future, guys? (Actually, I'm surprised he didn't call any on this card. I'd have loved to hear Gordon and Jesse call a match together.)

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To garretta's point about announcers...how the fuck do you have Gordon Solie and Lance Russell hanging around and not on TV?  That alone tells me that something is horribly wrong with WCW. 

Thunderbolt was a little off, but you could see the charisma for sure.  Really liked Bullet Bob despite his forgetting the title Brad holds. 

I've seen Bruno badmouth Vince/the WWF a lot and it never comes off well.  I get that he probably has a legitimate beef with how Vince does business and he would prefer the general WCW style.  It does seem like beating a dead horse after a certain point though.

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