Bob Ryder Interview Conducted by Jeremy Hartley for TWC Online
Transcribed by Earl Oliver
Jeremy Hartley: Joining me this week is the Internet's leading reporter of wrestling news, I'd like to welcome to the show, Mr. Bob Ryder - Bob, thanks for joining us this evening.
Bob Ryder: Well I'm glad to be here.
Jeremy Hartley: Before we really get into the interview I want to ask you this one thing. Did you really think that 1wrestling.com was going to have the impact that it's had over the past 3 or 4 months? It seems to have really taken off especially with the Bret Hart situation as well as your premium area. I must say that this has been a successful '97 for you.
Bob Ryder: Yes, it's been a good year and I really can't say that I was surprised by how successful it was because I've been involved with Prodigy for quite a while and the potential was there but it's been a learning experience for us and we've had a good time.
Jeremy Hartley: I always want to ask the question when I talk to people who have been in the wrestling business or write about wrestling, what makes you a fan, what makes you want to take on this kind of job?
Bob Ryder: I've been a fan since I was a kid, and that's been a long time ago. Mid-1960's was when I got hooked on wrestling in the Louisianna area. I grew up watching the Bill Watts territory, there was a lot of really good wrestling in my area, and I followed it all the way through high school, through college and never really lost touch with it. And really, what got me back involved in wrestling, watching it as much as I do in the computer system. I got on Prodigy about six years ago and was looking around and stumbled onto a small area that had fans talking about wrestling with other fans. It just grew from there. I have always enjoyed it, I watch it for the entertainment value, for the soap opera type of intrigue, it's just a lot of fun. And it's more fun when you can talk to other fans that share your interest, and that's what the computers have allowed us to do.
Jeremy Hartley: That's right. It's certainly something that can allow a fan to escape a bit of reality for a while and just have a good time. You mentioned that you followed the Bill Watts promotion and that promotion, I will say, just from talking to others, because being only 22 years old and out here on the west coast I didn't really get to follow it much, there have been some fascinating things happen in that promotion. Who were some of the wrestlers who really took your interest, who were the guys, and the gals, that you followed in that promotion and others?
Bob Ryder: Well, the Bill Watts territory really came about and evolved from the Leroy McGuirk territory that had been in Oklamhoma and parts of Louisianna, Arkansas and Mississippi. Watts basically took over the territory and in fact during that time he was still an active competitor. He was involved in a lot of real memorable matches people like Dick Murdoch, he had Killer Karl Kox and Ted Dibiasi. One of the most pleasurable things that I was involved in as far as a fan was the launch of Ted Dibiasi's career. He started out in this area and I saw a lot of his early matches, and in fact I was at the building in Shrieveport whan he scored a surprise upset win over Killer Karl Kox. At that time Kox was the top heel in the company - was real rough tough marine who beat everybody up, and Ted Dibiasi was a real babyface, real young kid that was a fan favorite but had not quite broken in to the big time yet. He won, I believe, with side suplex - I can't remember exactly the finish but it was a real shocking flash victory and the fans went really wild for him. I think they handled the debut of Dibiasi , the real early push, better than anyone I had seen at his level, because what they did, they came back in the ring the next week and they did it again. They had it on TV where they had Dibiasi beat Kox again. I believe either the next week or the following week he was being interviewed at ringside, when Kox, along with Akbar and a couple of people in Akbar's army attacked Dibiasi and injured him. That put him out of action for several weeks. So you had a situation where the kid comes in and he gets two quick victories over top heel in the company and then he's put up in the hospital for six or eight weeks to recover. By the time he came back they had, of course, shown clips of his recovery, his rehabilitation and him working on the treadmill - on the road to recovery with Ted Dibiasi. By the time he came back he was unbelievably popular and that really launched his career. They did a lot of things with Dibiasi during the Mid-South days and it really made him one of my favorites. The feud with Dick Murdoch, who was somewhat of a mentor for him, the "Rat Pack" - the deal with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Steve Williams, there were so many big stars at that time. The territory got to the point where it was pretty much a feeding ground for quite some time to the WWF - not intentionally - They certainly didn't want to lose the talent, but the WWF raided so many of the guys from that territory, fans who are old enough to remember the early eighties when the WWF made their talent raids - they really hit the Mid-South area pretty hard, they took a lot of the top names - Junkyard Dog, a lot of fans don't remember him as dynamic force in wrestling that he was but he was incredibly popular in the Mid-South area and when they took him that was a very devastating blow. Hacksaw Duggan was at that time a brawler, a very credible wrestler in a rough-house style - then Vince took him and put a stick in his hand...
Jeremy Hartley: (laughs)
Bob Ryder: So it's a territory that had so many stars - Terry Taylor, it's a shame that a lot of people remember Terry Taylor as the Red Rooster - Terry Taylor is, in my opinion, one of the top stars to ever come out of this territory and was another one of my favorites. I think probably that Ted Dibiasi, Terry Taylor, that type of wrestler was something that a lot of fans today haven't experienced. To watch those guys - they could easily jump back and forth from heel to babyface, and have no real problem in doing it. They were the consumate wrestlers, and I wish there were more of them today.
Jeremy Hartley: Uh huh, and just for the record, for the fans, Bob mentioned the Junkyard Dog. I recall reading something, I think it was in Ted Dibiasi's book, where he was saying that they took a poll of sports figures at one point from the Louisianna area as well as all those other areas and, I don't remember the year, but he came in first in the poll and second was the New Orleans Saints of that year. So that should tell you right there that he was much more of a force in wrestling in those days then his times at WrestleMania and others would lead you to believe.
Bob Ryder: It was really incredible. I watched all of that and Mid-South was one of the first areas to really use music in wrestling. Of course the Freebirds came through here with their music but I still remember the Junkyard Dog's entrance music at that time was "Another One Bites the Dust". He would come in and that music would be playing really loud, and the crowds would just go crazy. Of course his finish at that time was, basically, the powerslam. The Big Thump, he called it. He wasn't a scientific wrestler by any means, he was a very powerful, very strong athlete and incredibly popular.
Jeremy Hartley: Lets spend a little more time on Mid-South because I think it is a very important part of wrestling history, not only for the wrestlers who came through but also the booking style, the building of the angles...a feud I can recall that lasted for years was Paul Orndorff and Ted Dibiasi which was a monster feud in the early eighties...
Bob Ryder: Right. Actually it may have been in the late seventies. Orndorff, at that time had come in and played briefly for the New Orleans Saints, I believe. He was involved with the NFL. He had a real muscular physique, he was a real good looking guy that a lot of the lady fans really enjoyed and he had a lot of charisma, he was the North American Champion at the time. That's a title that a lot of really big names held. But that's just indicative, they had so many feuds thast came through here involving Dibiasi, Orndorff - and of course Orndorff was another one who left to go to New York and was very successful in the WWF. I think was one of the more significant angles that happened that year, and one that I recently had a chance to watch the video of again, was the Eddie Gilbert situation with Bill Watts.
Jeremy Hartley: You know, I was going to ask you about that because Eddie Gilbert kind of came up in my mind as I was preparing for this interview. Part of it was something that's up on your premiun area, that Eddie Gilbert interview that he did, I guess it was some kind of a press conference...but yeah, go ahead and explain that.
Bob Ryder: He talks in that interview, about one of the most famous angles of all time. Eddie Gilbert had been managing a team of Russians - this was after his break-up with Missy Hyatt - and the Russian team had been basically running roughshod over all the competition in the Mid-South, and Eddie was using a Russian shovel, it was a symbol of Russia...I don't know if this was during the time when there was some kind of problem between the U.S. and Russia, whether it was when one of the planes got shot down, I don't recall, but there was tension and the Cold War was still going strong. So the Russians were basically laying out all the good guys. Bill Watts, at the time, was sort of the figurehead president for the company, though he did own it. On the air he was showing up and the President, basically doing commentary, he had retired by this time. And he was very outraged that Eddie Gilbert, an American boy would take the side of these Russians, and he was very critical for several weeks. He was furious that Eddie was involved in this. At the same time, Gilbert was also managing the Bladerunners - that was Sting and the Ultimate Warrior - so what happened is that after several weeks of this, they'd been attacking all of the wrestlers and after they had beaten them they would drape the Russian flag over the top of the wrestler - and in this area in particular there was a lot of patriotism, and the fans were really just irate that they were desecrating the U.S. by using this Russian flag in that way. So, what happened was, on the Mid-South TV show one week Eddie Gilbert came to the ring alone and said that he had a special announcement he wanted to make, and he asked the announcer if he could have a few minutes to make his announcement. Basically, he apologized, he said, "I want to tell all of you people that I've been wrong and I'd like to ask Cowboy Bill Watts to come to the ring because I want to be man enough to apologize to him to his face." So, Bill Watts comes walking out and gets into the ring, and Eddie says, "Mr. Watts, your a fine American, I'm very sorry, you're right, I was wrong, I shouldn't have done this and I'm not going to have anything to do with those Russians anymore. I feel bad that I'e desecrated the good name of America and I won't do it again." Bill Watts basically accepted the apology, Eddie Gilbert had the Russian flag so Watts says, "Let's just burn this flag right now." They get ready to burn the Russian flag and the Russians come and attack Watts from behind - and of course, Eddie Gilbert has set-up the whole thing.
Jeremy Hartley: Right...
Bob Ryder: So they destroy Watts, he's left laid out and they put the flag on top of Bill Watts. Now a couple of things happened that made this even better then it could have been otherwise. Jim Ross was with the commentators and he never called a match, or an angle better then he did that evening. If you get a chance to listen to the tape, his commentary is just priceless. The fans in the arena wanted to jump into the ring and kill Gilbert. It set off a feud that was just incredible, and they took this around the territory for the next few months, basically Watts was involved in matches against one or both of the Russians and the stitpulation was that if he got a pinfall or if he won the match, he would get five minutes alone wih Eddie Gilbert. He just tore Gilbert up. It was one of the best angles I've ever seen. People still talk about it. When I'm on the road and people have tapes, they stay up late in the motel rooms, that's something that always comes up.
Jeremy Hartley: You know it's unfortunate that when Bill Watts was part of the WCW organization people never really got a chance to see what he was really capable of...would you say that he was one of the greatest overall bookers as far as matches, angles etc. - or was he just a product of the times, someone who could adapt to those particular times - then he couldn't after awhile?
Bob Ryder: Well, that's a good question. I think that maybe he didn't change with the times as much as he should have but there's no question that during the time when he was hot, there was nobody in the business who was hotter. He was involved in, of course, the Mid-South area but he was also very successfull in the Florida area, Georgia, he had some influence in the Fritz Von Erich promotion - he did quite a bit and is credited with a lot of the more successful angles that happened during that time period. I think his situation with WCW was basically wrong place, wrong time. WCW at that time, I believe, was not committed to being a wrestling company, they didn't know what they wanted to be. In fact, until Eric Bischoff stepped in I don't think anybody could have stepped into that company and made it successfull. Bischoff, you know, like him or not, has been successfull. Bischoff stepped in and he was in the right place at the right time while Watts was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The thing that I wish had happened was that when Watts was in the WWF, had he been given the control that he demanded, had Vince McMahon maybe stepped aside for a period of time, maybe things would have worked out a little differently and maybe the WWF would have looked different - it's just hard to say. Some of the things that Bill Watts wanted to do up there may have taken that company in a different direction.
Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, that would have been very interesting to see. Some people aren't even aware that Watts was ever involved with the WWF. How long did that last?
Bob Ryder: He was only involved for about two months. I can't remember exactly when it was, I want to say the end of 1995. Vince McMahon announced in the dressing room that he had brought in someone he considered to be a genious in the business and introduced Bill Watts as the new person in charge of wrestling operations, and this is the way the story goes, McMahon had apparently made the committment to Watts, "We'll turn the company over to you, you make the wrestling descisions, run it how you want to and I'll step aside and not interfere." Then within a few weeks Watts was getting second guessed on how he wanted to build an angle towards WrestleMania and Watts walked away.
Jeremy Hartley: I've read a couple of interviews that Bill Watts did where he talked about how, when he was in WCW the athletes of the day refused to work some of the angle that Watts came up with, they wanted to do the "gravy" work and not a lot of the things that Watts had the folks doing back in the Mid-South days. What comes to mind is how they talk about ECW being extreme but back in the Mid-South days they had storylines like the "eye burning" incident with Jim Duggan and those types of angles. It appears like maybe Bill Watts kind of started that all...
Bob Ryder: They were extreme before ECW, no doubt about it but it was different time period, a different situation and you have to factor in those days Bill Watt's Mid-South was a big territory, Oklahoma, Louisianna, Mississippi and Arkansas. It was devided into two areas, Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas and then the rest of Arkansas, Louisianna and Mississippi. They would meet in Shrieveport for TV tapings. You had the situation where guys would maybe work a TV taping in Shrieveport one night then the next day they'd be 300 miles away in Southern Mississippi. It was a rough territory, they did a lot of driving, the guys who worked in that territory can tell you they stayed on the road quite a bit. Then you had the situation where, when Vince McMahon, Jr. took over the WWF and turned it into the International phenomenum it became you had guys who had been driving all over the place, working day-to-day, living out of their suitcase were suddenly being flown first class and being picked up in limosines.
Jeremy Hartley: Uh huh...
Bob Ryder: It was a huge turnaround, so once you've given that to people, once you've softened them up a little it changes the whole outlook that they have on what they have to do. And that's one thing that ECW does that the Mid-South used to do, they have a better work ethic in some aspects. They're paying their dues and working for not as much money as the guys in the "big two" organizations are, and its in some ways more important to them to put on the good show, to give 100% because they feel like they have to, to make sure that they have a payday the next time. They may not get asked back if they don't put out 110%. So that's what I think was part of it. The guys in WCW at that time were spoiled to a certain extent and didn't see the direction that Watts wanted them to go, and another side of it is that maybe he was too demanding, maybe he was still living ten years in the past and didn't adapt, didn't recognize that you have certain superstars who you just can't treat like he treated people in the older days.
Jeremy Hartley: One of the reasons I'm spending a lot of time on the Mid-South promotion is the whole aspect of territories. I've thought long and hard about this and I've been asked a lot of questions by a lot of folks, and it seems to me that the old territories, Fritz Von Erich's territory down in Texas and Stu Hart's territory up in Canada for instance, tended to "build" wrestlers, to grill them and get them ready so that when they did finally make it to the big two it was possible to create a better wrestling product. And now, I've noticed, maybe because of the collapse of the USWA and other types of promotions, that other territories, regional territories are starting to spring up again, are you seeing the same resurgance, am I kind of "on base" on this..?
Bob Ryder: You are, and I hope that that happens because I think one of the worst aspects of consolidation was the elimination of the number of the "start-up" promotions, basically to train people, but what's more importantly, in the old days when there were something like thirty-thirty-five territories around the country, nobody ever got stale. I mean, you'd have guys come in and work four-to-six months in one area then move on to the next one. And a year or so later they might pass back through. Or you had the situation where the NWA Champion was a traveling Champion - would visit every territory maybe two or three times a year you'd see the guy - he'd come in and wrestle your Champion, or the top good guy, the top heel. In those days your World Champion would have to wrestle one night as a babyface the next night as a heel, so you had the Terry Funk's, the Dory Funk, Jr.'s - those guys really had to be professional in the way they handled themselves and the way they'd come into a match, not knowing who the opponent would be the next night, they'd have to adapt immediately.
Jeremy Hartley: Yeah...
Bob Ryder: But you make a good point, the fact that there in not a training ground has, I think, hurt to a certain extent. It's held people back and it's really kind of become a closed system. It's hard to break into the big two if you're a rookie or if you don't have a proven track record.It's caused a situation where, in maybe five-to-six years, when the people like Randy Savage, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan - when that level of superstar does finally leave the business, and it's going to happen, your going to have a big drop-off. There's not as many of the secondary stars that have been cultivated over the years that will be ready to fill those shoes. That is something that the WWF and WCW will have to address. They're going to have to prop up that mid-card, preliminary card wrestler to the point where someone like a Chris Jericho or a Chris Benoit, someone like that can make the move into the bigger matches instead of opening the card. You know they've got to do something that creates new stars. The resurgence of the territories at this point, with all of the independent promotions, especially in the North East, especially in the South, that is a manifestation of the total resurgence of the popularity of wrestling. You've got more people interested in wrestling throughout the country and local companies are starting to bring the profit back up. The whole thing is going in a cycle of ups and downs and right now is an up time, smaller promotions are taking advantage of it.
Jeremy Hartley: You know I kind of threw this idea out past a couple of folks, they thought I was crazy, but the lack of talented wrestlers these days is due to the fact that maybe 10 or 15 of the athletes who might have carried wrestling into the next era have met untimely ends. I refer to it as the "Death of an Era" because we lost, in the course of the last ten years, a lot of influential folks who would have been big stars.I'm thinking about the Von Erich boys, Gino Hernandez and Eddie Gilbert just to name a few.
Bob Ryder: There no doubt about it. The Von Erich tragedy was something that wiped out an entire family, for whatever reason, you know a death is always tragic no matter what caused it. Those guys were superstars and that was another thing I was able to watch living in this area. Kerry Von Erich was probably as charismatic as anybody that I've ever seen and the people in Texas, and particularly the Dallas area, worshiped those guys. Really since the demise of the Von Erich family the wrestling promotions in that area and in the whole State of Texas have been dead and may never come back. The WWF and WCW visit there regularly but it's nothing like it was when the WCCW had a strong weekly show...but you make a good point. Guys like Eddie Gilbert and Art Barr who suffered untimely deaths would have been the next generation of superstars today.
Jeremy Hartley: Yeah...
Bob Ryder: Eddie Gilbert at this point would be in his mid-thirties, he'd still have 5 - 10 years left...guys like that you just can't replace. It's a tragedy because the lifestyles these guys lead might lead them to become addicted to certain medications, and have physical problems like Brian Pillman did. His death was attributed to heart disease but there was no doubt that the abuse that he had subjected his body to over the years did take it's toll on his health. But you can't replace a person like Eddie Gilbert, like Art Barr - those kinds of guys don't come along very often so its, of course a tragedy on a personal level for the friends and family at the same time its a loss for the fans who never get a chance to see these guys perform - all we have is memories, and at least we do have that. I'm very gratefull that I got the chance to watch Eddie Gilbert perform at his peak and have those memories to hang onto. There's a whole generation out there who never got to see that. It's a shame and it something you wish you could change, but hopefully the people involved in wrestling promotions these days recognize that they do bear some responsibility for the pressures that they put on these guys and some things will be done to get suppert to guys who need it, to help the families, to maybe implement stronger policies to make sure that the stress is relieved and hopefully there won't be any more deaths that don't need to happen.
Jeremy Hartley: Now relating to your 1wrestling.com, I noticed that over the past few weeks that you have had the Classic Interviews, Moondog Main, Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Eddie Gilbert, Wrestling #2, etc., etc. I think that that's a good way, as you say - a whole generation of fans having not seen these stars dead or living...does 1wrestling.com have plans to keep on presenting that, either in video segments, audio segments, are you guys going to continue to push for this education about wrestling's past?
Bob Ryder: Absolutely, I think it's very important that fans not lose touch with the history of the wrestling promotions and what happened in the past. The interview that your talking about with Roddy Piper is a classic. There's another one that we had up with Terry Funk, some of those are interviews like you just don't hear anymore. One of the things that I really miss the most about the Mid-South promotion and about that time period is that the companies devoted more time to interview segments where a wrestler would just come in and talk and talk and talk. It wasn't just a situation where someone would babble endlessly, they would put on a performance. The interview and the art of the interview was something that a lot of the guys today just never really had to learn because in the early 80's they got away from it. All of the emphasises went to the music and the entrances, the costumes, the gimmicks and the characters. The interviews were not important in that time. The other stuff overshadowed it and now you've got guys who don't have the slightest idea what to do or what to say. That's why a lot of the the guys during the last ten years were booked with managers who could do the talking for them. I think its very important to show the history from the old days, and we're going to continue to do it. We'll keep having the classic interviews footage. We're working on a situation now with some of the old video libraries where we can show clips of that - there's going to be different things we'll be doing.
Jeremy Hartley: Right...
Bob Ryder: I think it's very important that the fans not lose touch the history. And there are several layers of history, I think fans should pick up Lou Thesz' book, that's an incredible read and it tells the history of the NWA basically through the forties to the mid sixties, I would very strongly urge any serious fan to not just look at what they show you on Monday night, not just look at what's going on today but look at what led up to this, and what were the foundations of the popular promotions. If you're going to be a complete wrestling fan you ought to know who these people are, where they came from... The story of Roddy Piper - starting out as a seventeen-eighteen year old kid on the West Coast becoming one of the biggest superstars in the business. He had a lot of steps along the way. We'll have some footage of one of the interviews he did on Georgia Championship Wrestling when he had been a heel for the longest time and basically came to the rescue of Gordon Solie, one of the most memorable segments in the history of television - it turned him to a good guy overnight. Those are the kinds of things the fans who never had a chance to see and never understood, you know, how these things happened. We want to try and bring it too them at 1wrestling.com.
Jeremy Hartley: Tell us how you came to be featuring the ECW, Music City and Ring Warriors broadcasts on the web. Did they approach you..?
Bob Ryder: No, I went out looking for the deals. Basically, I already had a relationship with ECW because we had been doing monthly chat events with them, I would fly up to Philidelphia each weekend and we've been doing play-by-play via chat for Prodigy members, so I already had the relationship there and I knew we were going to do 1wrestling.com so I wanted to work out a way to do a show for the fans on the internet because I knew that ECW was only available in a limited number of markets and people couldn't see the show so I started looking to see how feasible it would be to put the thing together. It's not an inexpensive thing to do, it's fairly expensive to do what we've done. I was lucky to come across a company called AudioScape that does a fantastic job for us, we went into it on a joint venture basis. It's something that's been very very popular, it's getting anywhere from 4000 to 5000 hits a day from all over the world. We're introducing ECW to fans all over the world. We have people sending us fan letters, we have people ordering video tapes from Hong Kong - it's really a world wide situation. It's something that we plan to continue, there may be some adjustments to change the way that we do some of the things. We'd like to offer this service to other promotions that might be interested. But it's very sigificant and something I'm very proud of that we were the very first to have a weekly show available on an on-demand basis with real video. We don't have the money of Time-Warner, we don't have the money that the WWF has but we've done as good a job as we can with our limited resources, and I think that having the first weekly videos is something significant...
Jeremy Hartley: You mentioned about the WCW and WWF web sites and WCW has seemed to have taken to the Internet like a fish to water, in sorts of respects, of course Eric Bischoff has had the Prodigy chats with you as well as other WCW stars - I mean they're a joy to read. I've noticed that between the two federations, they really seem to be appealing to both wrestling fans and online fans - what do you think the percentage is between those two groups..? And should the promotions really be going out of their way, and booking for these online fans and trying to appeal to this audience - is it really a significant number or are we still talking about 20 - 80, etc...?
Bob Ryder: Yes it is a significant number and even if it is 20% - that's a lot of people. I don't know what the breakdown is, I think that obviously if you search on Yahoo you come out with a lot of wrestling sites, lot of different places on the Internet that talk about wrestling. I know from a personal viewpoint that the volume we are getting at 1wrestling.com is staggering. There are some other big sites like Scoops and MiCasa and some of the others that do a good job as well. There is just a tremendous amount of interest out there and I have to say that probably if you look at the majority of the Internet fans they are mostly WWF fans and that probably has to do with the fact that they were the first to have the site on AOL and basically cultivated a fan base there but WCW has survived that thing because they have been more aggressive in going after the Internet fan and making themselves available to the Internet fan and to me it's the situation of a company that "get's it" and a company that "doesn't get it".
Jeremy Hartley: Uh huh...
Bob Ryder: The WWF has made the decision to turn their back on what has made them the most successful promotion ever in the history of wrestling, even arguably more successful then WCW has been. From WCW's standpoint, they have, after several years of going in awful directions they have found something that works. They have focused on continuing to do what works and as long as they do that, as long as they don't do anything - like the nWo almost taking over Nitro - there's no reason to believe that they're going to have any failure. I think the WWF ought to take a look at what makes Nitro successful. There's been a lot said about imitation and about, you know, one promotion copying another one, and someone stealing ideas - well why not? If something is working it doesn't matter if somebody else thought of it first, there's not really any new ideas out there, I mean it's just the way that they have implimented them. The WCW has hit on something that is successful - why not copy it, why not try to do it better then they have? Why re-define your own promotion in a direction that it is appealing to something - I guess they call it a more contemporary, more cutting edge...I think what they ought to be doing is figuring out what Nitro is doing right and try to do it better. If that happens we're going to see a very interesting confrontation between the two promotions. Something that might change the way the Monday night ratings turn out each week.
Jeremy Hartley: In the New Year - being 1998, is there anything that you can shine a light on...I mean where does 1wrestling.com go next?
Bob Ryder: Hopefully it continues to to get bigger and better, we're going to make some adjustments, we're going to make some additions, make some changes, maybe some other people will be updating the audio section, we're going to add some new features, we're going to continue with the things that have made us a popular service. Things that we've recently added like the classic interviews I think are going to continue to be very popular. That's probably the thing that we've gotten the most email on lately. When a major story breaks we're not going to hide it from the people, we'll have it right up front. The premium area is mostly for people who want access to the Lariet, to the Chatterbox, people that want access to things that do cost us a little bit more. Things like the RealAudio, like the classic interviews. Those things aren't cheap to produce. When you really think about it, I figured it out the other day, your yearly membership works out to right at $.25 cents a day - you drop that much on the ground walking to your car...so I think that it's a bargain, I think that we're offering a very good deal to people. If they look at us as a source of information, rather than just a web site - I think that we're very much worth what we are charging and i encourage people to visit the page. We do have a feature up where you can take a kind of guided tour of the Premium Area to see some of the features we've had on the page in the past we give you an idea about the kinds of things you can see in the future. There's a copy of the Lariet, Chatterbox, some update from each of the contributers, Classic Interviews, and all of that is available for free so you can see what you're getting into before you subscribe. So we'll keep plugging away and trying to be the best site we can be...
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