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Death Kotegashi Interview / Hardcore Wrestling International
Death Kotegashi? Death Kotegashi is HWI’s
version of Kevin Sullivan. He is the ultimate heel. There is
nothing compassionate about Death. He has no redeeming qualities.
Just like Ricky Steamboat never played heel during his career, you really can’t
see Death playing a face can you? He would take the knife right out of
your hand and then stab you in the back with it. And he doesn’t need a
reason to do it. He would do it just because he could. Remember the
Dark Knight when the Joker tells Harvey Dent he is an Agent of Chaos?
That is exactly who Death is. He is an Agent of Chaos.
is your most memorable match in HWI history?
Most memorable match in HWI history was a match with Sensei Michael Parisi at
Cooper River, where unfortunately, camera issues prevented the match from being
taped. Flow of the match was crisp. It started on the island at
Cooper River and then crossed over the river and match turned into an all out
brawl. Part of me wishes the match was taped to see just how memorable it
really was. But part of me likes the fact those memories are confined to
that of Parisi and myself. Most memorable match caught ‘on camera’ was
also with Parisi at Camden County College, the match in which he forced Death
to say ‘mattai’ which was a direct rip off of the movie Bloodsport. Match
was very submission based and physical. It was also the first match back
for Parisi following his arm injury, which is a nice piece of trivia.
Kind of cool I was his first match back.
is your favorite finishing maneuver? I loved how
HWI really put over the Asiatic Spike, which of course we called the Singapore
Spike. HWI really did a nice job of putting that move over as something
special. I was always a big fan of the Kenta Kobashi / Cactus Jack double
arm DDT which I always incorporated into my matches, almost as a set up to the
Spike. Outside of my character, I was a fan of the Sensei’s claw.
Being a mark for Barry Windham when he turned heel and joined the Horsemen, the
claw was a favorite of mine.
us about the creation of Evil Domain? My
character was not really fitting into the scene. I was basically a Road
Warriors rip off, which would have worked if we had kept the masks on.
But once I unmasked, I was the youngest wrestler on the roster and definitely
the youngest looking. I did not have the ‘bad’ look to me and really
needed another direction. Decker had the book at the time and he made the
decision to turn me heel. Joining Evil Domain gave my character a sense
of mystery. By joining forces with such evil characters as Mortimer Bates
and the Demonic Savage, what I lacked for in evil looks on the outside gave my
character a psychological evil presence and in time developed even more so
after the break up of Evil Domain, in which my character really found his place.
Death really developed into a character that was very believable. It all
started with the creation of Evil Domain, which really has a cult following too
it. Because the time all 3 of us were in the group was really short when
you come and think about it. Each one of us was always back stabbing the
other one, which again, also added to my character’s depth.
had great success in HWI, but is there anything that you never got to
accomplish? Because of the behind the scenes
drama, I was never able to experience the ‘Ultra Mega’ period of HWI when we
had joint shows with the North Jersey wrestlers . I did wrestle Rick
Silver on 2 occasions for the RPWA. Also wrestled Lord David under the
mask as Demonic, which would turn out to be one of my last matches. But I
would have really liked to have been able to wrestle King Mike, the Slayer, and
Hubie Volk, among others. I would have handled the ‘behind the scenes’
drama towards the end of 1993 better so I could have been involved in the
success of HWI during the years at the Monster Factory.
you care to share your thoughts on your legendary feud with Demonic Savage? It’s funny because I am asked about that feud more
or less all the time, but I found the feud to be boring from a creative standpoint.
I really felt the feud with Demonic held my character back. It worked as
a feud in 1990 when Evil Domain was turning on one another all the time.
But by 1993 my character had really developed and another feud with Demonic just
did not inspire me to do my best creative work. I really believe that
Death and Demonic work better when they play off other wrestlers instead of one
another. When I left, Demonic did his most creative work of his career
versus Steve Ignorant. Demonic and Death are great characters, but not as
great when they are feuding with one another. I felt my character was
more effective when I was feuding with Bobby Decker and Michael Parisi.
So in essence, the feud with Demonic is a double edged sword for me. It’s
the feud that I am known for. But it’s the feud in which I don’t feel I
delivered my best work.
are known for your interviews as much as your wrestling, so I have to ask
- do you have a favorite interview? Death of
Bates was a solid piece of wrestling cinema but that was more an angle that an
actual interview. Probably the interview I remember the most fondly is
the interview I did responding to Rob Feinstein and his crew. Interview
was well received enough that when Rob responded, he commented on it and wanted
me to turn and join his crew against the HWI. I also really enjoyed the
skits I did at the Valley of Tie, introducing the match, doing the cut aways,
and being lost following the match. Those were really fun. I also
had a blast cutting interviews towards Skeet Slander, who was always my
favorite wrestler out of the non HWI wrestlers. I always enjoyed doing
interviews and being the heel. I can’t remember an interview I did not
enjoy doing and I am sure I am glossing over a few that some other people found
have any interesting HWI behind the scenes memories?
Most of us know the behind the scenes memories of my exit, which really began
with the HWI split that happened earlier in the year. Those hard feelings
were never really cured once we all joined back together. My return was
anything but memorable and I felt like so much changed that I really did not
belong in the new HWI. I remember being on the phone with King Mike, and
him and David had an angle planned to bring Death into their promotion.
But the travel was never going to work out for me to do that. Besides my
drama, I remember when Thunder Messiah tried to buy the belt as he was becoming
a miserable bas1ard that complained about his push. I remember always
being on the phone with the California crew. And then when I would
finally hang up, the phone would ring and it would be King Mike from Jersey
City. LOL. I spent so many hours on the phone back then shooting
the sh1t about wrestling.
you think HWI was so successful? I think HWI
was so successful because of how creative it was. All of us were fans of
the booking process. We grew up fans of Memphis wrestling, Bill Watts’
UWF and the NWA. We all loved our wrestling, but more so loved our angles
and interviews, and those are what set HWI apart from the other
promotions. We could kick a55 in the ring too, but nobody even came close
to us when it came to angles and interviews.
is Death Kotegashi now? Dead. Didn’t
you watch the last taping? LOL. That was my idea, for the character to
come full circle and be a wrestling character that ‘dies’ inside the Squared
Circle. And the real world of professional wrestling is so blah anymore,
that me as a wrestling fan is dead as well. I don’t care for the current
product, and my kid watches it more so than I do and I get all the news second
hand from him.
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