The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2: Now Available

Some information about the eBook . . .

The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 is the second and final collection of interviews originally published in Power Slam: The Wrestling Magazine.

Spanning the period 1996-2014, the anthology includes Q&As with ‘Loose Cannon’ Brian Pillman when he was the subject of a bidding war between the WWF and WCW, Mick Foley less than a month after his jaw-dislocating and teeth-extracting Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker at King Of The Ring 1998, Bryan Danielson during his “indie darling” years, and Brock Lesnar when he was in training for his UFC debut. Lesnar had only one MMA fight under his belt when he conversed with PS on November 29, 2007. Disciplined and dynamic, Lesnar was still hungry; he had so much to prove. And he hadn’t yet been spoilt by wealth.

In addition, Volume 2 features a voluminous career retrospective with ‘Living Legend’ Bruno Sammartino four years before he buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon, incisive commentary from Paul Heyman about the wrestling marketplace at the time he was in talks with TNA/Impact Wrestling, a hair-raising confab with the volatile Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young, and an eye-popping conversation with Sean Waltman which broke new ground for PS when it was first published in 2013.

Each previously published interview comes with a new introduction that explores the interviewee’s talents and accomplishments and place in wrestling history, and takes the reader back to the time when the interview took place.

The majority of the interview introductions are lengthy and analytical. For instance, the Brian Pillman introduction is 3,112 words, and includes previously unpublished material about ‘The Loose Cannon’. The Bruno Sammartino introduction runs to 2,559 words, and recounts the details behind the unpleasant divorce between Sammartino and the WWF in the late 1980s and their stunning reconcilliation 25 years later. The New Jack intro is 2,638 words. The Mitsuharu Misawa intro clocks in at 2,059 words. The introductions in most cases are stories in themselves. Even if you own every issue of Power Slam, each republished interview in The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 has something new to offer you.

The complete list of interviewees is as follows (year in which the interview took place in parentheses):

From the 1990s:

Brian Pillman (1996), Diamond Dallas Page (1998) and Mick Foley (1998).

The 2000s:

Kid Kash (2004 and 2007), Scott ‘Raven’ Levy (2005), Mitsuharu Misawa (2005), Samoa Joe (2005), Bryan Danielson (2006 and 2008), Brock Lesnar (2007), Harley Race (2008), A.J. Styles (2008), Randy Orton (2008), Bruno Sammartino (2009), Mike Bucci (2009), Triple H (2009) and Stephanie McMahon (2009).

The 2010s:

Paul Heyman (2010), Nigel McGuinness (2012 and 2013), Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young (2012), Lex Luger (2013), Sean Waltman (2013), Leon ‘Vader’ White (2013) and Steve Austin (2014).

Furthermore, The Power Slam Interviews Volume 2 includes new interviews, recorded in 2016, with Matt Hardy, Daffney, Colt Cabana, The Honky Tonk Man and Revolution Pro Wrestling promoter Andy Quildan, plus other original content.

Matt Hardy ponders the wonder that is ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy. Colt Cabana sheds light on his return to Ring Of Honor in 2016 and his extraordinary success as an independent wrestler in recent years. Andy Quildan ruminates about Revolution Pro Wrestling’s relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling, the Vader vs. Will Ospreay match that RevPro presented in August 2016, and his aspirations for the company.

The Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill interview is a monster at over 13,000 words. Covering her adventures in WCW, TNA, ROH, WWE developmental and elsewhere, the Q&A also delves into her career-ending concussions and worker’s comp claim against TNA.

The Honky Tonk Man (Roy Wayne Farris) interview is even heftier, at 14,253 words, and spans Farris/HTM’s career from his 1977 debut through to 2016, with sections on the Tupelo concession stand brawl, Randy Savage’s intricate match layout methods, the arrest of Jim Duggan and The Iron Sheik in May 1987, HTM’s SummerSlam 1988 encounter with The Ultimate Warrior, his omission from the WWE Hall Of Fame, plus other topics. Meanwhile, Mr. Farris recalls his experiences interacting with Lou Thesz, Billy Robinson, Jerry Lawler, Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett, ‘Dr. D.’ David Schultz, Vince McMahon, Jake Roberts, Hulk Hogan and more luminaries. It’s the longest interview I’ve ever done.

I also name the wrestling people I wasn’t able to interview but wish I had, disclose further behind-the-scenes tales from the PS years, and reveal my wrestling-related highlights of the last 25 years.