Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Austin Idol, The Universal Heartthrob

I was familiar with pro wrestler Austin Idol prior to receiving a copy of his shoot interview from the extremely generous David McRobie, but had not really spent a lot of time thinking about him. So imagine my surprise that his stories maintained my interest for TWO HOURS. Seriously, I intended to just watch a little bit at a time and wound up going through all of it in one sitting.

I think the thing that struck me the most about the interview was that Idol certainly seemed to attempt to be honest. Yes, he put himself over on more than one occasion, but it sounded like his genuine opinion rather than lies told to make himself look good. Considering a couple of the stories he tells, where he definitely DOESN'T come across as a hero, I believe he made an effort to tell the truth. He was fuzzy on a lot of stuff, but it's been a long time. I can't imagine anyone pausing for so long and having an expression like he was groping for an answer if he was just feigning for effect. Austin Idol might have been good on interviews, but could he really be that good?

Overall, I found the interview very entertaining and insightful as far as both the business and Austin Idol himself. Idol was a guy who unabashedly did it for the money, and got out when more lucrative and stable opportunities presented themselves. He looks amazing for his age, sounds lucid, and appears to be in good health both physically and mentally. No matter what you think of him as a performer or a person, you have to give him credit for being really smart when it came to the wrestling biz.

You can order your own copy of this DVD by clicking here. And surprise, surprise, Austin Idol has set up his own website. You may learn more of his wisdom there. We're still waiting for that book!

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