Exclusive Shark Boy Interview:
by Johnny B. Molestar
So how did you come up with the Shark Boy gimmick? Are there any plans to tag with John ?Shark? Tenta or the Lobsterman?
The whole thing was originally inspired by a song and promoter Ian Rotten helped put the finishing touch on the name. My brother and I designed the look of the character. With regard to the second question, I’ve had plenty of unusual partners in the past, so nothing would surprise me.
How about a Shark Girl? Are there any plans for the wife or girlfriend to accompany you to the ring?
No, not right now. There was a “Shark Girl” character briefly, but nothing long-term. I think it would be fun to do that angle at some point when the time is right.
When I see you on TNA, they sometimes announce your schools of fans. Who came up with that? It?s great.
I’m not sure, but I think maybe Scott Hudson came up with that when I was in WCW. I agree with you, it’s great.
It sounds like Hudson. You?ve wrestled in a lot of organizations, which one have you liked the most?
I’m having so much fun with TNA right now, so I would have to say them. I also really enjoy performing in front of friends and family at Buckeye Pro Wrestling events in Ohio.
How would you compare XPW and ECW?
I never worked for ECW, but the fans in XPW were great to me. They got with my character right away in both Philadelphia and Los Angleles. I’m not really an “extreme” wrestler, but the character is so unique that the fans were really able to connect with it.
In my last few wrestling interviews, nobody commented on Rob Black because they were all suing him. How was it to work with him?
He was always very professional to me and I have nothing bad to say about him personally.
And how would you compare Rob Black and Paul Heyman?
Both had a vision and ideas about taking the wrestling product to “the next level”. I think the biggest difference is that Heyman has a much stronger concept of “wrestling” while Black’s specialty seemed to be shocking people.
Speaking of shocking, what do you think of hardcore wrestling?
I’m not a huge fan of it personally, but I understand its place in the industry.
Were you a backyard wrestler as a youngster?
Yeah, I guess you could say that. We never did anything “extreme” or “hardcore”. We just had fun.
Have you ever played the game titled Backyard Wrestling? I am sure many fans would like to see your character on there.
I haven’t had the chance to yet, but I know I will at some point. It will be great to finally see my character on a video game someday.
You?ve worked with WCW and XPW? all of those companies were ill-fated. Do you see that sort of future for TNA?
I think big things are still to come for TNA.
You don?t think you jinxed those other companies, do you?
Lol, I hope not.
I?ve seen some photos with you and Shane Helms. Are you two friends? I would love to see a big push for a ?Super Friends? group in the WWE.
Yes, we are good friends, and I too would love to see he and Rosey get a great big push.