Lance Storm Vol. 2 Shoot Interview

RF Video recently had a golden opportunity to sit down with one of pro wrestling’s most outspoken personalities. He has wrestled all over the world and held titles in ECW, WCW, and the WWE. Most recently he is known for his opinions and speaking his mind on the current state of the business. It is with great excitement that RF Video presents a brand new Shoot Interview with Lance Storm.

We pick up with Lance where we last left off, ECW. Lance talks about the week Mike Awesome left for WCW as champion. How did it affect Lance’s future jump to WCW? How did Paul Heyman react and what did he tell the talent? What was it like the night a WWE wrestler wrestled a WCW wrestler for the ECW title? Lance relives the crazy week with some great stories to boot.

Lance goes in depth about his jump to WCW. Who contacted him? What were contract negotiations like? What perks did or didn’t Lance get? Lance also talks about Paul Heyman’s reaction and how something Paul did made the jump possible. Lance also has a tremendous story about his first creative meeting with Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. Wait until you hear the “brilliant” idea that Russo had for Lance and what the reaction of Bischoff was.

Lance has been known lately for his criticism of Vince Russo on his website commentaries. Lance talks extensively about why he can’t stand Vince Russo. Lance has some classic Russo stories from WCW. Find out what Russo originally wanted to call Team Canada. Did Vince Russo screw Booker T when he went over for the WCW world title? Lance has a very revealing story that has never been told before about the night Russo went over for the title. You will understand Lance’s frustrations with Russo a lot more after seeing this Shoot Interview.

Lance also reflects back on the many personalities he worked with in WCW. Lance recalls a story about Lex Luger going to the top rope which is hilarious. Lance also talks about the first time he met Scott Steiner and the rib Steiner pulled on him. Lance talks more about one WCW star and how ironic it was that this star didn’t say two words to him in WCW, yet was overly friendly in the WWE. Lance also has great stories on Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, DDP, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, and Goldberg. None of these stories have ever been told until now.

Lance does a great job recounting the last days of WCW. You won’t believe how Lance actually found out about the WWE sale. Lance tells a very funny story about meeting Shane McMahon the first time at Nitro. Lance also talks about why he felt secure about getting a WWE deal. Ironically, Lance also talks about his contract situation almost cost him a WWE deal. Lance also reveals his original bookings plans for that night which were changed. Get a glimpse into one of pro wrestling’s most historic nights from someone that was right there.

Lance talks in great detail about his transition into the WWE. Why was Lance’s transition easier than most of the ex-WCW guys? What was the original plan for the WCW guys at WrestleMania 17 and why was it changed? What did Lance think of being the first WCW guy to start the invasion? How much thought went into Lance’s debut? What was the reaction of the crowd? How much pressure did he fell?

Lance talks quite a bit about the Invasion angle. Who did he like working with from the WWE side? What did he feel was the hottest moment of the angle? Conversely, when did Lance feel the air was let out of the balloon? What were some things he would have done differently? Lance reveals for the first time the alternative match to Buff Bagwell vs. Booker T on RAW and how it impacted him. Speaking of Buff, Lance has some hilarious Buff stories about his short run in the WWE. Some you have heard, and some you will hear for the first time. Find out who surprised Lance the most about their involvement in the angle and how he compared it to his days in WCW.

Lance also talks about all of his feuds and matches in the WWE. Was it more frustrating for Lance to be kept off WrestleMania 18 or WrestleMania 19 and why? Lance gives a great example of the difference in the pressures of being a top guy in the WWE as compared to his days in WCW as a high mid-level wrestler. Lance recalls standing by as Chris Jericho and Goldberg got into a scuffle in the locker room. Lance also has some great stories about his run against Hulk Hogan and Edge. How did something Hulk say to Vince McMahon almost get Lance heat? Lance also a great story about a time where Vince put him on the spot and made him nervous for one of the first times in his career. Lance also thoughts and stories on Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena, Kurt Angle, JBL, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar, and more.

Lance also jokes about his many retirements and what brought him out of retirement each time. Which match did he truly think was his last and why? Lance also talks some of his more controversial commentaries and reactions he has received to them. Lance is proudly a drug-free athlete, but there was a time when Lance considered using steroids. When was it and what happened to change his mind? In addition to his own career, Lance weighs in on the current wrestling scene including Bret Hart possibly returning to the WWE, the current state of TNA, and more.

Words can’t do this interview justice. There is no such thing as a one word answer from Lance Storm. Every answer is a story or a long thought-out opinion. RF Video will tell you with great confidence that this is one of the most enjoyable and informative Shoot Interviews we have conducted. It is with great honor that we open up the door once again into the great career and mind of Lance Storm.

How did ECW change after Taz left
What do you remember about the week Mike Awesome showed up on WCW with the ECW belt
Memories of the night he dropped the belt
How did you wind up in WCW
How did Paul take the news
Did you feel there was more you could have done in ECW
Any good Paul stories
Initial impressions of Vince Russo
Did you have an idea of where your angles were going when you came over
What was your initial impression of the locker room
Initial thoughts on Nash and Hogan
Guys often say they never knew who was in charge at WCW, do you agree
Initial impressions of Ric Flair
Initial impressions of Sting
Initial impressions of Lex Luger
How well were you guys received by the locker room
Was it cliquish
Memories of your first few matches with the luchas
Memories teaming with Billy Kidman
What do you remember about Bash at the Beach and the Hogan incident
How involved was Bischoff at the time
Do you think it was a work
Do you think WCW spent too much time trying to work the boys
Thoughts on Goldberg
Did you ever regret your decision to come to WCW
Did you ever negotiate with WWE before jumping over
Did you feel a vote of confidence giving you three titles at once
When did you feel you were really starting to hit your stride as far as getting over with the fans
Memories of matches with Booker T
Memories of matches with Mike Awesome
Whos idea was Team Canada
Speaking of Canada, how tight were you with Bret in WCW
Who’s idea was it to bring Elix Skipper into the group
Thoughts on Elix
Memories of your feud with the Misfits
Memories of matches with the Filthy Animals
Memories of matches with Duggan
Do you think the Scott Steiner-DDP fight was a work or shoot
Memories of Scott Steiner
Steiner says that a lot of the guys hated Ric Flair, is that true
Memories wrestling Terry Funk
Do you think Jeff Jarrett was over pushed
What did you think of David Arquette getting the title
A lot of critics point to the last year or two in WCW as terrible, do you agree
Whos idea was it to team you and Mike Awesome up
Thoughts on Mike and his passing
How did you find out that Vince bought WCW
What were your original thoughts
Had you ever negotiated with the WWE at any time in WCW
Take us through the last Nitro
What were the emotions of the locker room like
What do you remember about the speech from Shane
Who booked your last match
Did the crew watch the RAW feed
Memories of your match on the final Nitro
Were you told that you were going to be brought to the WWE
What were the reactions when Vince was shooting in the ring on guys like Jarrett and Luger
How soon did you find out you would be picked up by the WWE
Was it a lengthy negotiation
Was the original plan to keep WCW a separate brand
Initial impressions of Vince
What were you led to believe about the integration of WCW
Did you think it would be a separate company
Memories of traveling to WrestleMania that year
You were the first WCW wrestler to invade, memories of that night
How were you accepted by the locker room
Did you think the angle would be huge
How was Austin to work with in the angle
Were you surprised when ECW went out of business
Dave Meltzer has reported that Paul had been in business with the WWE for years before this. What are your thoughts on that?
Did Paul change at all when you worked with him in the WWE
Thoughts on the ECW revival angle
Thoughts when Stephanie McMahon got involved?
Were you excited to be wrestling Jericho in your first WWE TV match
Memories of matches with Albert
Initial impressions of Triple H
Initial impressions of the Undertaker
At what point do you think you were accepted by the locker room
Memories of the night the boys stomped all over Buff
At what point did you realize that the ball was dropped on the Invasion angle
Memories working with The Rock
Did you feel confident of your spot at the time since you got to go over on Rock and got the IC title
Memories of the Unamericans angle
Did you like it
Was there a difference in being on the SmackDown brand
What were your initial impressions when the NWO came into the company
Memories wrestling Hulk Hogan
Thoughts on Edge and matches with him
Memories teaming with Christian
Thoughts on matches with Chris Benoit
Your thoughts on the tragedy
Are you surprised that some guys still think he was framed
As a drug free athlete all of your career, how tempting was it for you to use steroids
Memories of wrestling on your first WrestleMania
Thoughts on matches with Curt Hennig
Memories of Brock Lesnar
You blogged about Brock’s UFC title win and your thoughts on what he does or doesn’t represent about pro wrestling. Can you expand on that?
Memories of matches with Kurt Angle
Thoughts on Angle’s troubles over the years
Memories of matches with Randy Orton
Thoughts on Randy today and his success
Thoughts on John Cena
Memories teaming with William Regal
Was it embarrassing at all to lose to Lawler and Jim Ross
Memories of your match with Kane and RVD at WrestleMania
Is RVD reckless in the ring
Memories of your angles with Goldberg in the WWE
Your take on the Goldberg-Jericho incident
Was Scott Steiner much different backstage in the WWE than WCW
Why do you think he didn’t get over as he did in WCW
Did you like the boring gimmick
What led to your decision to retire
Initial impressions of OVW
How receptive were the guys to your input
Kennedy told a story about Daniel Puder falling asleep during Bubba’s lecture. Did you have problems with Daniel?
Was there someone that made it from OVW that really surprised you
You came back a little bit in 2005, what prompted that
Thoughts on your match at One Night Stand
Why do you think Vince brought ECW back and not WCW
Could a WCW One Night Stand have worked
There was a reported incident between you and JBL, what really happened
Thoughts on JBL going after Meanie in the battle royal
Your thoughts on all of the ECW reunions over the years
Why do you think some work and some don’t
Do you think it is time to put it to rest
What led to you finally severing ties with the WWE
What inspired you to do start your academy
Any notable graduates
How involved are you in the ring with your students
What inspired you to start blogging and writing columns
Has anyone ever contacted you directly about something you wrote
You have been very critical of TNA, why do you think Vince Russo is still around
Did Russo ever propose any crazy ideas for you in WCW
You once wrote about an angle between Kurt Angle and Awesome Kong, what was your idea
Has anyone ever approached you to book
What led you to coming out of retirement for ROH
Are you happy with the match
Has WWE ever contacted you about coming back for one appearance here and there
Thoughts on the current product
Thoughts on the Guest Host concept
Who is the next breakout star in your opinion
What does TNA need to do to turn things around
Can TNA be successful with Dixie in charge
Thoughts on the whole Angle-Jarrett mess
Thoughts on the incident in Canada where fans attacked Chris Jericho
Thoughts on Jeff Hardy’s arrest
Thoughts on Ric Flair wrestling again
Do you think that the WWE should post suspensions on WWE.com
How shocked were you when you heard about Chris Candido
Thoughts on The Ultimate Fighter beating WWE in the ratings
A lot of the guys in ECW thought you were cocky when you first came in and did the Allentown show. Did you get that vibe from the locker room?
You once said that you and Raven were a great booking duo. Are you surprised he hasn’t done more booking?
Any good road stories
Any good Owen Hart rib stories
Thoughts on the Montreal Screw Job
Surprised that Bret wants to go back?
How did you get involved with doing radio shows for Brian Alvarez and Dave Meltzer
Do you think some wrestlers see you now as one of the media
Do you think Dave gets a raw deal in wrestling amongst the boys
Was it hard being committed to your family with all of the road temptation
Thoughts on Jim Cornette leaving and going to ROH
Can ROH last the year?
Thoughts on UFC and comparisons to pro wrestling
Do you want to write a book