Bob Holly Talks CM Punk's Backstage Demeanor, Being Vince's Pet Project, TNA, Lesnar, More

WrestlingHeels Radio recently interviewed Bob "Hardcore" Holly, who discussed WWE, the Brock Lesnar injury, Triple H and NASCAR. Here are some highlights from the interview:

The "Sparkplug" character: "It was a silly kind of a gimmick. And people to this day, people still make fun of it, and which that's cool because I'd make fun of it too. But it gave me my start. And that's what I want people to understand that laugh and joke about it and people still call me Sparky and laugh and stuff like that. But they've got to understand if they were in my shoes, they wouldn't turn it down just to be in WWE. 'Cause I guarantee they wouldn't tell Vince whatever character they gave 'em, silly character or whatever because back then it was everything was cartoon characters, basically. And I guarantee to this day nobody would have ever turned them down [Laughter]. And I wasn't about to.

"And I thought this is what I've been working for all my life, to get in the WWE, WWF at the time. And I darn sure wasn't gonna turn it down. And I thought you know what? Just take it a step at a time. And hopefully, we can evolve to something else, in which fortunately, it did for me.

"It was Vince's idea. See, I'm gonna back up a little bit here. When the whole 'Sparkplug' gimmick came along, after I had been there for about six months, between six months and a year, I actually went to Vince and asked him if we could change it. And he did not have a problem with it at all. So he just I just said, hey, do you think we could just drop the Thurman, and we'll take baby steps and go Bob 'Sparkplug' Holly? And so we did that.

"And then eventually they put me in with the 'Midnight Express'. So then they completely dropped that whole 'Sparkplug' gimmick. And of course, I was 'Bombastic' Bob. and that was another thing I wasn't too proud of, but I was still in WWE and I was still working [Laughter].

"Yeah. And so I thought you know what? Something better's gonna come along. And then when they did the whole Brawl for All that kind of changed people's opinions quite a bit. And so then they stopped the 'Midnight Express'. And then the whole 'Job Squad' thing came along. And then I was just Bob Holly then.

"And then when they started the whole Hardcore Match and have the Hardcore Title and everything, and when I was introduced to that, that's when Vince said, we're gonna start calling Bob 'Hardcore' Holly. And so that's how that how that whole hardcore thing evolved for me."

If he ever thought about jumping to WCW during the Monday night wars: "No, no... My loyalty to me, my loyalty laid with Vince. And I just felt committed to him because he's always been so good to me. He really was. And so it didn't matter. Money to me didn't matter. My happiness and my comfort where I am was important to me and my loyalty. So it was never a thought to go to WCW, no matter how much money they offered me. Because like I said Vince was always good to me. So that's why I stayed loyal to him."

Being injured by Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar: "I was out with Kurt with my broken arm, I was out eight months with that. And then with Brock, I was out thirteen months with that. And it was just a lot of it was almost like starting over, having to work out all over to gain your size and everything back. So that was a lot of work in itself, getting back to that. But as far as getting back in the ring it was just like riding a bicycle.

"But as far as the rehab and everything, it was not that bad. I never really had that many issues with the rehab end of it, coming back."

If there was talk of him becoming World Champion during his feud with Brock Lesnar: "I don't think there was. I just think the whole the match was just a lead-up to as far as just blowing off the whole angle. But I just I don't think that honestly, in my opinion, that I was World Title material. I wasn't ready for that because of where I was in the company and stuff like that. I just don't think I was ready for that. So I really honestly don't think there was any talk of putting the title on me. And rightly so because honestly I wasn't ready... I honestly don't think I ever was. I think the time leading up to my broken arm with Kurt because they were grooming me to work on top back then. And then I just never gained the momentum back. And it was just a matter of where I was on the card and in the situations where they needed me to help use me to get other guys over that they were bringing in.

"So I never, ever gained that momentum back because of the role that I was playing at the time as far as needing me to put guys over. So I just don't ever think there really was a period that I would have been ready unless they really had a good storyline for me and got good momentum behind me. But other than that, I just, you know I just in my opinion, I honestly wasn't ready ever. I don't think I ever was. And I was cool with that because there's only room at the top for so many. And I understand how everything works. I understood how everything worked. And I was cool with that.

"It would have been nice to be World Champion. Don't get me wrong. Because along with being World Champion, you carry the company and you make tons of money [laughter]. So it would have been really nice. But it just wasn't in the cards for me. And I was cool with that.

"So it is what it is. And I still had a great career. I had a great run. I made tons of money. So I have no complaints whatsoever. But it would have been nice to be World Champion. Yes."

Fandango and being Vince's pet project: "If you're Vince's pet project, you pretty much you're a shoe-in there. And all you got to do is just listen to him and do what he asks of you, and you'll have it made because he'll make sure that you get over. He will. Just do what he says. And listen to him. And you will get over. So yeah, if he's got Vince behind him like that, that guy's got it made.

"And another thing I love about what he [Fandango] does too is the way he gets in the ring. After he makes his entrance, watch the way he gets in the ring. He does that. Nobody's ever done it that way. And to me, that's different, and I like that. But yeah if he's Vince's pet project, the guy's got it made. He just has to make sure he listens to him and doesn't get the attitude well, I'm gonna do what I want to do, despite of what he says. Because then that'll be the demise of him. Which hopefully I think he's smart enough and he knows who to listen to. So I wish the guy all the best. I really do. I really do."

CM Punk's backstage demeanor: "To me, he seemed like he was happy. He really did. it's hard to tell. He wasn't one to complain at all. You'd never hear him complain. So you wouldn't know if something was wrong. I mean, I talked to him. We talked all the time in the locker room, just talking about anything, in general.

"And one thing I will say and I have a ton of respect for Punk. I really do. And he was always happy for me whenever they would start doing something for me. 'Cause he always said you deserve it, and stuff like that. And he was one of the guys who always told me he was happy for me whenever anything good would come along for me. And that meant a lot to me.

"And I've always had tons of respect for him. And especially after I started working with him because here's a guy that he brings it. He will bring it to you. And I respect that out of him because whatever I did to him, he did back to me. And I really enjoyed that. That's what I like out of guys that'll bring it. And I always enjoyed working with him.

" The first time I worked with him, it was kind of we had kind of a different style. But after we started working a couple times, I really enjoyed working with the guy. I really, really did. But he was always very kind. Always very kind in the locker room. And anywhere you'd go and talk to him, he was always really, really nice."

If he sandbagged Brock Lesnar: "Some people want to believe is that I sandbagged Brock on that power bomb move. Number one, it wasn't gonna be a power bomb. It was supposed to be where I flipped out, landed on my feet, he throws a clothesline, I duck underneath, and I dropkick him. That was the move. And I get some people on Twitter saying that I sandbagged Brock and I deserve what I got.

"But the thing is these people that say that aren't too smart simply because, number one, if Brock can belly-to-belly Big Show, and Big Show is 500 pounds, and throw him half across the ring, do you really think that I could sandbag Brock? Hell no. There is no way in hell I could sandbag Brock [Laughter]. So I just wanted to clear that up. And me and Brock have always been friends we're cool with each other."

Wrestling for TNA: "I went down there and did they wanted me to do a match for their 'Hardcore Justice' Pay Per View. I'm not sure when that's coming up, but I did a six-man tag with it was me, Magnus, and James Storm against Aces and Eights. And I really enjoyed working for them. I really, really did. They were a great group of people. It was great seeing a lot of the guys that I've worked with in the past.

"But as far as the talent, they got a bunch of good guys. Everybody seems to be happy. Nobody seems there was no stress whatsoever. And everybody wasn't job scared. And it's just it was nice being down there in an environment like that. I mean, it was a really good time for me. And we're working on something for me to come back and do some more for 'em, but I really enjoyed it.

"I mean, I don't want to wrestle full time anymore simply because I'm enjoying doing what I'm doing now because I get up every morning, I don't know what I'm gonna do throughout the day. I just get up, and it's like and I don't even live by a clock. Half the time I don't even know what time it is, unless of course, I have to do interviews and stuff like that. But I 'm just enjoying living life on my terms.

"And if I do go back, if I do go do something for TNA it'll be on a part-time basis. And so I just really don't want to wrestle full time anymore. I really don't. And I appreciate my fans wanting me to come back full time, I really, really do. And I thank the fans a bunch for, you know my Twitter followers, everybody that's been supporting me. I'm very grateful to you all, I really, really truly am. But I just don't want to wrestle full time. And I hope everybody understands. Because I had my day in the sun, and I really don't need to, you know I just I don't need to wrestle full time anymore.

"Honestly, I think I would fit in really well with TNA. I really do. And you know what? It is true. Like you said, it the shows that they do, basically, it wouldn't be full time like WWE. So that is another thought which I really haven't thought of 'cause I'm not sure of their schedule. But that is a thought.

"But you never know. You just never know what's gonna happen, what the future holds for me and TNA. But I think I would fit in good. And another thing, too, something I've always took pride in is staying in shape, even after my wrestling career. And see, that's another thing. I'm still in great shape. I still work out five days a week. I still eat six times a day. And so I'm always ready. Just so my fans know when they see me that I'm not, you know I don't want them to be disappointed because they're not gonna see somebody that's out of shape. So I've always been one of those kind of guys where I don't want to be one of these guys where you retire and then let yourself go. And then people see you a couple years down the road and go oh, gosh, what happened to him?"

If WWE had contacted him about one-off appearances: "Yeah, yeah, they have. And I respectfully declined 'cause I just I just don't really have no desire to go back to WWE. But yeah, they did contact me, and I just didn't want to go back. I was happy doing what I was doing. And so but. And I appreciate them calling and stuff like that. Don't get me wrong. But I just thought I didn't want to do it."

Source: Wrestling Heels Radio


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