.....Rene Dupree, ROH, Life After WWE
Comments on the TOW Event: The first three events of mine were phenomenally successful which is why we're doing this one and another one in March. We're also working on a pilot for French TV show in Montreal. Pat [Patterson] paved the way for us and is still the right-hand man of Vince McMahon. It's such an honor to have him on our show. We're going to have a little tribute to him. My good friend Simon Dean is flying in from the United States to show the Canadians how to do it the American way with the "Simon System". The big giant Matt Morgan from TNA. Honky Tonk Man and Jay Phenomenon - two singers, very different styles. Honky's been the man for so many years, what a great guy. With tickets starting at $5, it's a steal!
Rene Dupree: Rene has never been too organized in his life. Nothing has changed - I even stepped on my own pride and called him for my last show...I hope things are doing well for him but I don't think we will ever work together again."
Whether there is any interest from WWE to bring him back: I talked with them at Breaking Point, I had a good conversation with the people in charge, and it's a matter of time until we could talk some more. I have a lot of things going on in Montreal though - I'm on RDS, I'm on TV every week, I have my own promotion now, I have my wrestling school happening. So I'm really busy but if WWE needs me I'll be there for them. I brought one of my students and they really liked him and offered him a contract.
On Working with Ring of Honor in April: I pulled out all my hairs. It was totally different. They go 100 miles an hour, I was not brought up this way. I learned to tell a story and entertain people and I don't think it's possible over there. They don't draw any money, they have a different product and it's hard, impossible, to compete with a product like WWE. They tried to go on a league of their own and I don't think it's attracting a new audience because it's not entertaining. They need some more characters, some more mic skills, and some storylines. Everybody can do a brainbuster. Why you're doing it, how you're doing it, what time, it makes the difference. I think they're missing the boat.
How his skills have improved since leaving World Wrestling Entertainment: I was just talking with Chris Jericho at the Pay-Per-View, and I said man I did my career backwards. I did my first match in front of 20,000 people and my last match was in front of 250 people. And he said, Sly, if you can entertain 20 people than you can entertain 20,000. So I did a year in Montreal, now I'm going to be wrestling in New Brunswick, autograph signings in the States, and I'm going to be wrestling more in the states. Without TV time limits on the indy circuit, I was able to do whatever I want. I was able try stuff - sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. So now if I go back to the WWE, I'll be ready for the new challenge.