WWE legend The Honky Tonk Man recently spoke with our friends at WrestlingInc.com for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On a rumor killer regarding injuring Jake Roberts with a guitar shot in WWE: “I’m very proud of the fact that I never injured anyone. No matter what Jake Roberts says, I know Mick Foley wrote in his book that I injured Jake Roberts and that’s the one time that I picked the phone up and called another wrestler and said, ‘Why did you ever say something that negative about me without ever asking me?’… He didn’t check with me, he checked with Jake. Jake probably doesn’t even remember doing the interview, he might not even remember getting hit with the guitar. But I took pride in never injuring anyone with that.”
On never being a fan of hitting wrestlers with a guitar: “I didn’t particularly like doing it, I don’t do them anymore. Everywhere I go promoters want me to do it and it’s part of, ‘No, if you want to hit somebody or be hit with something, let one of your guys do it. I’m just here as an observer, because when I get on a plane and head back to Phoenix, I don’t need to be coming back from some kind of legal problem because someone got injured or some kid out there [got hit with a splinter].'”
On the origins of having a guitar as part of his character: “WWE didn’t give me that [gimmick] hitting people with the guitar. I was down in Southeastern Wrestling in Birmingham, Pensacola and Mobile working for the Fuller family, Robert and Ron Fuller. When they saw me with the jumpsuit, Robert said, ‘Man, do you know how to play a guitar?’ I said, ‘No, not really.’ He said, ‘I’m gonna bring one next week for TV and you hit Bob Armstrong with the guitar and we’ll be off and running.’ He brought this old guitar that he found somewhere, I hit Bob Armstrong and away we went, hitting people with the guitar. That’s how it all started, it was never my idea.”
On Elias: “I’ve not really seen a lot of this Elijah (Elias) thing because I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I don’t sit through three hours of anything.”