This weekend is WWE’s Royal Rumble and marks the 29th installment of the company’s annual show. Aside from the predictions and excitement surrounding what has been dubbed the kickoff of the road to Wrestlemania itself; there’s the smaller events surrounding it during the weekend. Typically, that would involve independent shows in the area, the appearance of former stars and as in the case of Florida this weekend, it means the Legends of Wrestling promotion having a show in Miami.
One of the legends appearing at the show this weekend is Bushwhacker Luke, he of course of the famed former WWE tag team (and now Hall of Fame tag team), the Bushwhackers. The Bushwhackers entering the Hall of Fame in 2015 has been a hotly debated topic surrounding the Hall of Fame ever since the announcement last year. They’re induction even made its way into discussion during this past week’s This Is Awesome Wrestling Show when host Glenn Moore was joined by a guest cohost to debate all things WWE Hall of Fame.
The Bushwhackers though, have never lost sight of who they were in the WWE and that sight remains as Luke still travels and makes appearances at other promotions displaying his energy and humor. While promoting this weekend’s Legends of Wrestling show in Miami, Luke spoke with WSVN Deco Drive’s Chris Van Vliet and had much to say about his career and the current state of the WWE. The interview of course was highlighted by Van Vliet being on the receiving end of the patented Bushwhacker face lick.
Courtesy of Chris, here are some of the points of conversation:
On The Bushwhackers never winning a Championship in WWE:
“We were characters. Why do characters need to carry belts around? It’s like [Hacksaw Jim] Duggan. He has the 2×4 and the eye and the “woah”. We were The Bushwhackers, we were sort of the comedy team. The card is loaded with different things: girls, titles, and different characters. And we entertained from the kids to the grandparents with a bit of a ‘ha ha’ and a ‘hee hee’.”
On the current landscape of tag teams:
“Today Vince puts them together, or the WWE puts them together. In our era, they were tag teams and they came in together from different promotions… today, God bless them they are great athletes and they’ve got great bodies, they can wrestle but the characters are missing.”
On The New Day:
“They were pushing them right up on top, well they were eating up time to me. They’re great athletes and great talent and that but the position they were giving them at the front of the show is not right. You’re trying to draw money. You don’t put that there. You feed that down into the card. They were opening Monday Night Raw for a few weeks. And to me, I’ve been in the back end of the business booking territories since 1983 and to me I wouldn’t have done that.”
On Roman Reign’s push:
“They’re building up Roman Reigns but to me they have to build him and build him and build him and not whack him with Brock Lesnar straightaway. I think that wouldn’t do him justice. Have him come out at WrestleMania against a formidable partner. Bring someone in with a big name and let him get another victory. Build him up. Build him up to a pedestal. These days they start something at the start of the show and they blow it off at the end of the show. The old days they used to build it up for maybe three Pay Per Views and then blow it off so you build steam.”
For all of those who have ever questioned the Bushwhackers, as previously mentioned, it would seem that they always knew exactly who they were, didn’t have a problem with it, and portrayed it better than anyone. For the full interview of Bushwhacker Luke with Chris Van Vliet head here.
Luke conveyed some interesting thoughts and sentiments that seem to be shared by many former stars. The current product has gotten away from the business of creating characters and these days it seems anyone and everyone should be billed as plausibly vying after titles. The idea that the company simply throws tag teams together compared to the smaller amount of tag teams that develop and debut together has long been criticized as something that hurts the division as though it places a less significant emphasis on it. For now though, like the rest of us and despite his experience booking, Luke has no say in the WWE creative and booking departments so he’ll simply continue to march on and please the kids and the grandparents as he always has, until he can march and swing those arms no more.