Honky Tonk Man (Wayne Farris), professional wrestler
8th January 2008
are you best known for?
The Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champion Of
All Time as voted
by the fans on WWE.Com
What are the personal and professional highlights
of your career?
Personal, making it to the WWE after many yrs.
of struggling on the road.
Professional, getting a chance with the IC belt
to prove I could get heat and sell tickets.
Who are your mentors?
Lou Thez, Don Fargo, Jimmy Valliant
What are you passionate
The love for what I do. I know that most guys
just use the business as a hobby, but it is my
Whose idea was it to turn you heel in the WWF,
which of course lead you to
be arguably one of the hottest villains in the
WWF of all time?
It was a business choice since all the heels who
worked with complained that hey were being turned
to good guys while in the ring with me. I drew
natural heat from the fans.
As we know, the professional
wrestling business is full of politics and BS
seems to run rampant at times. What's some of
the biggest mistruths you have
ever heard and / or been subject to?
That I would have never worked on top without
Hogan being my pal (as said by Flair). I was working
on top for 12 yrs. before I came to WWE!
What's the biggest professional
wrestling audience you have every performed in
Wrestlemania III also 94,000 that was a live gate,
but millions around the
world that day.
What pro matches have you
been in where things actually got nasty and a
little out of hand, and where there was actual
dislike for your opponent?
I never was involed in anything like that. There
have been some stiff shots here and there, but
I was never part of these things you mention but
I have heard about them.
What do you think are the
best and worst attributes of WWE head honcho,
Great promoter, knows how to present a product,
does not mind spending
money to make money. The negative is, you can't
What's your connection with
Jerry "The King" Lawler and Jimmy "The
Mouth Of The
Lawler is my cousin by way of our mothers being
sisters. I have never really had a relationship
with him even as children. He fired the first
shot many yrs ago and I have fired back! Jimmy
was put with Kevin Sullivan and myself as a manager.
We clicked very well and it showed in WWE.
What other former WWF I/C
champions do you think highly of, and why?
They were all great performers and had different
styles. They all did well with the exception of
the last few yrs. The IC belt has meant nothing
since Austin thre it in the river a few yrs. ago.
Who have been your biggest
supporters over the years?
The Bushwackers are about the only guys that knew
me well before and after the WWE. We stay in contact.
What's the biggest challenges
you have overcome?
Early on was tying to find that gimmick persona
that works. Once I found it, then keeping it going
without being on TV is a challenge.
are your current projects?
I do 60-80 events in 6-8 countries a yr.
What do you know about Australia,
and have you ever visited here?
At one time it was booming, I have never been
there. Maybe someday.
What's the biggest misconception
That I am bitter towards the business and the
WWE. I have said and done some things that were
not politically correct, but there was that challenge
to keep myself in the public eye. Out of sight,
Out of mind!
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