I usually do interviews "On the Beat" at The Resistance, but at Silent Night, Deadly Night, I was joined by Tommy Else, as we interviewed Mad Man Pondo and Khloe for The "Or Else" Podcast. It was a fun change of pace.
I have done over 1,000 interviews, including more than 100 with wrestlers. I have to admit I was a bit nervous and excited the first time I interviewed Pondo. The man has a well-earned hardcore reputation. I had seen many videos of his insane matches. I have to say that Pondo couldn't have been any more accommodating. It was a great experience.
Over the years, I got to watch him up close and interview him several more times. It was always a pleasure being around Pondo. In the ring, he is every bit a "Mad Man," but outside the ring, he is a total class act.
As you will see in the video, Pondo is also very humble. I have seen him guide many young wrestlers, lend advice to bookers and generally help in any way he can. He is a consummate professional.
Tommy and I wanted to get Pondo's thoughts on his experience in RPro, but we also wanted to discuss his book and other things. Since we couldn't do it on the podcast, we talked to him when he cam to Chicago to wrestle for The Resistance. Having Khloe join us was a bonus.
Pondo discussed his start in RPro, hardcore matches and other fun stuff, most notably Memoirs of a Mad Man, his recently released autobiography. We also got Khloe's take on teaming with the hardcore legend, as well as her thoughts on hardcore matches and her career.
Memoirs of a Mad Man contains the story of Pondo in all its bloody glory! It's all in there, the good, the bad, the ugly and of course, the bloody! Pondo has had quite a career in wrestling and an interesting life in general. Pondo tells it straight, like always.
Tommy and I weren't just interviewers though. We were both customers of Memoirs of a Mad Man. We wanted to wait to get one directly from him and signed.
We really appreciate Pondo and Khloe for their time and consideration. I have a ton of respect for Pondo and am grateful for his friendship. Although Khloe is relatively new to wrestling, she is off to a great start and has a promising future.
Be sure to check out The "Or Else" Podcast on Soundcloud for our thoughts on this and other things related to Tommy's experience at RPro, as well as The Resistance. Also, check out all of my interviews on the Johngy's Beat YouTube channel. Lastly, follow Pondo on Facebook and buy his book.