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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
If you're going to RAW tonight please drop us some notes from the show.
Order the 2 disc DVD set of Rob Van Dam 'One Of A Kind'
Buy it now from http://www.wrestling-megastore.com
>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WRESTLEMANIA TICKETS ON SALE- Several WrestleMania 21 tickets have been released on Ticketmaster.com
this past weekend, including those expensive $750 ringside seats where
you get to take the commomerative chair with you back home. There's a
convenience charge of $9.25 for every ticket purchased. You can purchase
tickets while they are still available at
> CENA'S US TITLE BELT REPLICA AVAILABLE- John Cena's replica US title with the spinning center plate is now
shipping. The cool-looking title made its debut at Armageddon last year.
The replica belt contains over 200 faux red white and blue diamonds over
the entire belt, has the exact thickness of the original one, measures
52 inches long and weighs over 5 pounds. The spinning center plate
measures 7.5" inches tall. You can get it from WrestlingMegastore.com
starting at $299.
> RAW PREVIEW- Only two matches have been announced for tonight's RAW. A street fight
between Shawn Michaels and Edge and Chris Benoit taking on Muhammad
Hassan. With no pay-per-views left until WrestleMania, the card from the
RAW roster will start to shape up with feuds leading up to the big
> STOCKS- Stocks are trading at 12.70 at time of this writing, a 2.58% increase
over the previous closing. The day range so far has been 12.22 - 12.74.
>> BELLE OF THE BRAWLBy Lekisha Oliver, [lekisha_oliver@...]
Just shy of six feet tall, USA Championship Wrestling Heavyweight
Champion and TNA Superstar Cassidy Riley gives off an air of
experience. Having been in the wrestling business since 1995, Riley has
faced some of the top contenders from Total Nonstop Action, as well as
WWE Developmental. With opponents like Kid Kash to his former tag team
partner, The Natural Chase Stevens, to Joey Matthews, Cassidy has
faced them all and continues to be on top. Recently rejoining Total
Nonstop Action, Riley has been turning heads with his matches on TNAs
flagship show, Impact!. Now with Dustin Rhodes as a close ally, Riley
will have a backup plan for the future. Cassidy recently sat wi! th me
for an online interview. In the interview, he discusses his stint with
the now defunct World Championship Wrestling, his personal agenda for
the future and more. Without further ado, the Belle of the Brawl
presents Cassidy Riley, and then visit his online home at
Lekisha Oliver (LO): First off, I wanted to say thank you for taking
time to do this interview.
Cassidy Riley: No problem, thanks for asking me.
(LO): It's my pleasure. Let's start with background information. How did
you get started in wrestling?
Cassidy Riley: Like everyone else, I always loved it growing up and I
knew from an early age it was what I wanted to do. My earliest memories
was a PWI magazine and I saw a picture of Abdullah the Butcher with a
fork in his head, and I thought, "This is the coolest thing I have ever
(LO): Definitely something to catch your attention
Cassidy Riley: yea a 400 lb. black man with a fork in his head is
something a six year old kid doesn't forget. I PROMISE
(LO): So you were six when the wrestling bug bit you. What did your
parents say when the words, "I want to be a wrestler" came out?
Cassidy Riley: My mom has always been supportive. I remember one year
her and my aunt made me some wrestling tights for Christmas, when I was
probably eight, there is still a picture from that morning at my house
somewhere me dressed up like the rock and roll express, bandanas and
all. That was one of the best Christmas presents I received, better
than all the bikes and toys.
(LO): That is a very nice memory. It's wonderful that you have had
parents to support you when a lot of wrestlers have had static from the
parents or the family if they even mentioned the idea.
Cassidy Riley: Yea my mom is one of biggest fans. She has been from
(LO): They did not have any preconditions about school or anything of
Cassidy Riley: No they always let me make my own decisions, it was my
life and they supported me no matter if I was right or wrong. It was
kind of live and learn, and when things didn't go well, they were there
then too. They knew I believe that it was something I was VERY
passionate about and they were glad to see me chase my dreams
(LO): That's great. For the fans that have not gotten to see you
wrestle, explain your character and your character's background.
Cassidy Riley: Right now, I am Dustin Rhodes "lil buddy" is kind of the
best way to explain it. I can wrestle X-Division style, or I can go
with the heavyweights, I feel that is truly no limits for me. Some guys
deal better with the X-Division style, some guys can't do that at
all. I feel that I can wrestle in any situation, even tag team.
(LO): Good lead in with the tag team.
Cassidy Riley: Yea, this isn't my first one. Lol.
(LO): When I first heard about you, you were tagging with another TNA
Superstar, Chase Stevens. Tell me how the "Hot Shots" were
Cassidy Riley: Well, I had gotten a call from Bert Prentice in Nashville
on day while I was at home in Louisiana, and he asked if I would
be interested in reforming the "Hot Shots", original team was me and Air
Paris before he signed to WCW with AJ STYLES as AIR Raid, and he really
put Chase over to me. So I drove up to Nashville the next weekend to
meet Chase and give Bert my answer, and after I saw him work. I really
thought it could be great
(LO): It really was; legends to a lot of fans in Nashville
Cassidy Riley: Yeah, we were really "over" and had some great times and
he became a good friend to me.
(LO): You said that you drove up from Louisiana, did you finally move
your life up to Nashville or are you a driving warrior?
Cassidy Riley: Well for six years I was a driving idiot is more like
it. But yeah I am now residing in Nashville. I love it here. The city
is beautiful, and the wrestling history here is tremendous.
(LO): Six years! WOW! I hate to see the mileage on that vehicle. Your
wife had to be extremely supportive of that kind of away time.
Cassidy Riley: Yeah, it was some long trips. She is WONDERFUL! I have
been here since September and she is still in Louisiana, but only for
another couple of weeks, I couldn't explain how hard that has been for
me, and her as well, but she is strong and so is our love for each
other. Not to mention I tried to warn her before we got married what
she was getting in to, that it is a life like no other.
(LO): Tell me about it. I know exactly what she is going through. It
takes an amazing woman to marry a wrestler. You are a very lucky man.
Cassidy Riley: I was with WCW when we first started dating and was on
the road a lot. Then after that, I was home a lot and she kind of got
use to me being there. So it has been hard, but I believe it is worth
(LO): Love always is.
Cassidy Riley: yea I am just glad she supports me. I know a ton of guys
in the business their wife or girlfriend can't stand it; they are
jealous of the attention the guys get.
(LO): You started wrestling in 1995, who trained you?
Cassidy Riley: I trained with a guy named Lolly Dude. He worked over in
Dallas. He was running a promotion and was bringing in guys like Terry
Taylor and Tommy Rogers, so I got train with them when they were in.
(LO): How long did you train before you got your first match?
Cassidy Riley: Probably about eight months or so.
(LO): In those months that followed, how long was it before the call
from WCW came?
Cassidy Riley: Wow, probably five years. I spent a long time working the
South: Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, then Nashville, and that is where
I was when the WCW deal came from. Bert Prentice had a developmental
deal with WCW and they would send guys down to wrestle in the Nashville
territory and in exchange some of the guys from Nashville would come up
to work for WCW.
(LO): How long did you work for WCW?
Cassidy Riley: About the last year and a half that they were open. It
was great. The money, the travel, the boys, I loved it. I miss those
(LO): You wrestled there for the last year and a half; you probably saw
a lot of the politics that "killed" the company.
Cassidy Riley: Yeah. Thats all I have to say about that.
(LO): All right, we'll move past that one. It's okay.
Cassidy Riley: Thanks.
(LO): No problem. We'll look at the brighter side of WCW, what were some
of your best memories and best matches of that time?
Cassidy Riley: I was mainly enhancement talent. I did a good bet of
stuff with Scott Steiner and Goldberg. We were the R&B security so
everyone kicked our ass on NITRO and THUNDER, then we would wrestle on
the WORLDWIDE (Saturday show).
(LO): I know that Chris Harris did the same thing, with doing security
and wrestling on Worldwide. Was that how you two met or was it Nashville
Cassidy Riley: Yeah, we actually tagged together there for a while. He
is a great guy and one of my good friends.
(LO): A few years back, the Nashville crowd saw your disappearance from
the screen. At that point, was it personal or an injury that kept you
Cassidy Riley: It was personal. I was getting married and wanted to
just take a break for a while after WCW.
(LO): When you reappeared, the Hot Shots were no longer a tag team and
your former partner, Chase Stevens, had teamed up with Andy Douglas to
form the Naturals. Did you see this as an opportunity for more singles
Cassidy Riley: Yeah. TNA had stopped using us and I was in Louisiana,
so it worked out that Chase and Andy started working together and really
started to get over and TNA picked them up so, it was good for them.
Yeah, I wasn't sure at that time what I wanted to do. I just missed
being in the ring and the fact that I was in Louisiana and not
Nashville. It didn't help me. I had spoken to people in the office and
discussed what would be best for me to do next and that is how I ended
up back in Nashville, because there is just more work here than in the
(LO): I know that for a fact. Since moving back up to Nashville, you
have had the USA Heavyweight Title. Explain how that came to being.
Cassidy Riley: Well, the title was vacant for a while and we decided to
hold a Thunder Dome cage match Thanksgiving night, with myself and five
other people and thank heavens I came out on top. Beat to hell and
back, but with the USA heavyweight belt, and I still am the champ today.
(LO): That's great! With a company as large as USA, Bert Prentice seems
to have a lot to do with the community. Have any of the projects along
the way been a personal favorite? Or anything that really reached out
and grabbed your heart?
Cassidy Riley: Yeah, we do a show called Christmas for Kids that is a
totally free show. Every child leaves with a gift and to do something
like that, it touches my soul to help underprivileged kids.
(LO): Let's head into TNA. You have been there a few months now. For the
people that do not know, you have been working alongside Dustin Rhodes,
as well as other TNA stars.
Cassidy Riley: Yea, I have been doing some stuff with Dustin as well as
(LO): What do you see for the future?
Cassidy Riley: hopefully staying in a nationally televised wrestling
company, with a good spot with the company and moving up in the world of
pro wrestling with a growing fan base. Maybe even a title run as soon as
(LO): Any question or topic that you can think of that we didn't hit,
that you would like to talk about?
Cassidy Riley: No, but I would just like to say thanks to you and all
the fans who support me and I hope that they will continue to do so.
Check out the web site http://cassidyriley.com Stop by and leave a
message on the board, check out TNA Fridays at 4 o'clock on Fox Sports,
and God Bless to everyone
(LO): Thank you for the time you have given this afternoon.
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