Back in 2000/2001, myself, Jim Tanner and a couple of other people took a road trip to Toccoa, GA and NWA Wildside. The trip down was pretty straight forward. We had a conversion van from somewhere that had seats in the back that folded down to a bed, and, more importantly to this story, a TV/VCR combo.
I’m sure we brought a few tapes with us, but the only one I remember watching (and re-watching, and re-watching) is the original RF Video Jim Cornette shoot interview. I’d say that this is still by far the best shoot interview. Aside from the great stories from JCP, Cornette is just being himself and ripping on everyone, especially Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara. We were quoting the juicy parts of Cornette’s rants to each other the whole way down through various Waffle Houses.
I’m unable to locate the actual shoot video online, but here’s a retelling of the Ed Ferrara parts. WARNING: Strong Language.
Finally we get to the NWA Wildside arena, and are in the back meeting with everyone. I see some chubby fellow with dreadlocks and as is custom, I go up and introduce myself. He says “Oh, hello. I’m Ed Ferrara.” I’m totally speechless. The only things I can think to say to this person I just met are Jim Cornette’s words, or wondering if I should punch him in the face for Cornette. Of course, that would be very, very BAD. I stand there shaking his hand, with my mouth half open for what seems like ten years until Jim Tanner comes up.
“Hi, I’m Jim.”
“Oh, nice to meet you Jim, I’m Ed Ferrera.”
“Uhhhhhhh…. ha-ha-ha-Hi Ed.”
I see that Jim isn’t going punch Ed either and that breaks my paralysis and I’m finally able to say “Nice to meet you Ed.”