– Vampiro recently spoke with Major League Wrestling Radio about breaking into the business, being part of Milli Vanilli’s entourage and more. Check out the highlights:
On how he got into wrestling: “In Montreal, they had the International Wrestling [Association], we’re talking ’81 or ’82, when WWE didn’t even have national television. They were just a local promotion out of New York and the bigger of the two was the promotion in Montreal. Vince’s dad had his company out of Toronto for tax reasons. Everything was easy to do in Canada. There was a lot of, uh, moneylaundering would be the easiest way to say it, because of the casinos along the border in Quebec. I remember seeing a lot of big shows with Ric Flair in Quebec City and Hulk Hogan with Rick Martel in Montreal. Everything was kind of like the independent circuit back then. I was a young kid and I was training. At the gyms, the guys would come in and I would sell them steroids or whatever else I could, just to hustle and try to get into the dressing room. I was just hanging out. I would set up the ring and they would let me sell programs. I would kind of take bumps with the guys and try to get into the business. The only guy that would really talk to me was Abdullah the Butcher. He showed me some stuff. I was like 13 when all of this was going on. I kind of started out real young.”
On the Milli Vanilli scandal breaking: “They were doing a show in Detroit and they were on stage andthe tape broke.