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Harlem Heat Interview

from Extreme Sports Network

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter I had the pleasure of being present at and participating in a live broadcast of the "Cheap Seats" program on the Extreme Sports Network this past weekend in Sanfrancisco. This program was hosted and produced respectively by Readers' Forum regulars Hitman and J-BYRD. During the broadcast I was interviewed as well as Jimmy Hart, Sister Sherri and Harlem Heat. What follows as a transcript from one of those interviews. I will be running the rest of them in future issues of the Newletter.

Interview with Harlem Heat

Hitman: Welcome back to the Extreme Sports Network, your in the Cheap Seats with yours truly the Hitman, and joining us now are two of the baddest fellas from WCW... Harlem Heat!

Booker T: Get it right Hitman! Two of the baddest in the wrestling business!!

Stevie Ray: We are the six time and greatest tag team in the history of wrestling!!

Hitman: O.K. I'll try to get it right (laugh). By the way Booker T nice boots brotha..

Booker T: Thank you very much! (Booker T had some Killer Cowboy boots, Stevie ray didn't)

Hitman: What do you got Stevie Ray?

Stevie Ray: Don't worry what I got! Get on with the Interview, this isn't no fashion show!

Hitman: (laughs) Alright, take it easy fellas. Tommrrow night six guys in the ring battling it out for tag team supremecy.......

Booker T: First off Hitman, it's not a six man tag team event its a triangle match!!!!!!!!!!!

Stevie Ray: Get it right please!

Booker T: Let me try to explain the rules to people in radio land that have no clue.......You have the Harlem Heat, the greatest tag team of all time in one corner, you have the chumps Faces of Fear in another, and Public Enemy. Me and my brotha we goin in to this thing, and soon as we finish business we will be payin somebody, tell him brotha....

Stevie Ray: The rules are very very clear. If you know anything about pro wrestling you know who the king of triangle matches is........

Booker T: Tell'em!!!........

Stevie Ray: It's Harlem Heat baby. We won the last title by beating the Steiners , Sting and Lex Luger. The four top guys in the business and we beat them all in the middle of the ring....to win the titles for the sixth time!

Booker T: Public Enemy are two guys that are suppossed to be from the streets, that wanna come down and dance.....y'all have no rhythem!!! But can you dig it!!! Then you got two fishing chumps that escaped from Gilligans Island that want to get on the other side and come at the heat...but brotha I'm going to put it to you like this..when the smoke clears there's going to be fried salmon in the ring, and Public Enemy will know what it's like to come down and grace the shoes of Booker T and Stevie Ray!

Hitman: Hey fellas you haven't seen myself the Hitman or J-Byrd wrestle you know...?

Stevie Ray: WHO????????

Hitman: Me and my executive produces J-Byrd! Give it to em J-Byrd...(J is tripping out)

Booker T: Your boy J-Byrd? He looks like Boy George!!!!!!

(Everyone Laughing hysterically with Stevie Ray and Booker T, J-Byrds face beat red ready to kill me)

Stevie Ray: He looks like he's trying to make a singing comeback!!!

Hitman: (After laughing my butt off) We have some internet questions for you...first one from Ryan Semmes from Mississippi State Univerity....He wants to know (paraphrasing the question) what role black atheltes have in wrestling and is there sterotyping?

Stevie Ray: First off, when it comes to "black athletes", we don't look at ourselves as "black" We are athletes first and foremost!!!!......

Booker T: True!

Stevie Ray: Whatever our heritage is speaks for itself....As far as role models goes......What kid wouldn't like to be like us, you know what I'm sayin??..... Who wouldn't want to be a winner, who wouldn't want to go out and beat people up. We are a role model for American Youth!

Booker T: We're role models because we are from 110th street! We could have fell into all of the problems in life....

Stevie Ray: LIKE RADIO!!

Hitman: (laughs)

Booker T: We beat people up everyday back in the day, so we put our heads together and said.."look we could get paid to beat people up" and not go to jail....

Stevie Ray: If I beat you up right now Hitman, I might get put in jail or have a lawsuit coming my way...However, if I get in the ring......

Hitman: It's LEGAL!!!

Booker T: That right your just a squirrel trying to get across the street!

Hitman: gotcha. You guys had the gold a few months back, now you don't. You have the Outsiders to deal with now, how do you get the gold back....

Booker T: GET A MATCH!!!!!! You know the titles were stolen from us in October...NOT ONE TIME, NOT ONE TIME, have we received a title shot!! And everytime we have regained the titles the WCW or the white collars up on the 12th floor if you know what I'm saying, put the stipulations down that we have to put the belts on the line THE NEXT DAY!!! What's the problem with that????

Hitman: I hear you. You guys need to get the Outsiders in the ring...

Stevie Ray: NWO had a tag-team invitational tournament last month and we DIDN'T EVEN RECEIVE A INVITATION!!! What's up with that? Six time champs and we don't even get a call! Hall and Nash are a couple of sissy, tall, punks that are runnin from the Harlem Heat.....

Booker T: It reminds me of Mike Tyson fighting all these tomato cans, then finally gets the guts up to fight a true champ and gets K.O'd! Same thing with you outsiders you will be Knocked Out Suckas!!!

Hitman: Next internet question...Donovan from Massachussettes wants to know your contract situation....

Booker T and Stevie Ray: (at the same time) None of your business!!!! Stevie Ray: I know its a shame to live in Mass. but don't call in with dumb questions like that!

Hitman: Fellas good luck tommorrow, hope you get the job done (bad play on words) and beat up some heads or J-Byrd and Myself will have to beat on ya.....

Booker T: (laughs) We are the #1 contenders, everyone will see, if the Steiners didn't have their wreck, this would've been the big wreck!! We the best YOU know it, I know it and even Boy George over there knows it!!!! Everybody on the radio knows it........

Stevie Ray: It ain't no thing!! Hitman: Fellas thanks for joining the show!!!!

Stevie Ray: It's been YOUR PLEASURE!! Booker T: When we hit the Cow Palace it will be like the earthquake his this city again.....

Hitman: We'll take a quick break more to come on the Extreme Sports Network......

End of Interview

(Note from the Hitman: Too bad we didn't have more time, that's radio. Booker T and Stevie Ray were a riot.....they definitely we're in character unlike Sherri. Off the mic, they were very cool and Booker T kicked my butt on the Sony Playstation...he was tough!!)

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