Kevin Thorn Talks OVW vs NXT, Rene Dupree Having “Instant Heat”, Being Pitched ECW’s Re-Launch, Has Modern Wrestling Passed By Vince?

kevin thornWhen it comes to playing a super-natural character Kevin Fertig is in a class by himself. Today the superstar formerly known as Kevin Thorn and the mysterious Mordecai takes The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on a bone chilling stroll into the genesis and conception of two of the most unique characters the WWE has created in the last fifth-teen years. John, Chad and Kevin dive into the story behind the fascinating Mordecai character that clearly was built to be made for a massive feud with The Undertaker in 2004 and how WWE’s start and stop booking caused Fertig to grow frustrated with the politics of management. We also get an insightful look into the re-launch of ECW on SyFy and now playing Kevin Thron where was headed before being repackaged and consequently dropped. Listen to the stories and feel the vicious bite of Kevin Fertig.

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Kevin Fertig on The Origin of Mordecai & The Proposed Undertaker Feud:

How WWE invests time and money into Development and NXT versus when he competed:

When I was in the gym I was watching some NXT, I was watching Baron Corbin. It’s crazy because I started at Power Pro which was kind of like USWA and so many guys came through there and I remember the rings from the Power Pro days and the USWA days that the rings were basically about to fall apart. They were water-hose and wire and went up and down the roads. Granted we did have live TV on Memphis Channel 5 which is to this day is one of the greatest wrestling television programs for ratings ever. When I got into Ohio Valley Wrestling, Jim Cornette tried to use Ohio Valley Wrestling as a way to put talents in Royal Rumbles and different ways to bring the championship up and it was always kyboshed. Cornette always had the mind for that if the developmental talent are stronger stars now, then they are only going to be stronger stars when they get up to the WWE. To me that’s a huge thing. That’s something to Hunter’s credit he is trying to do. These guys are already on video games and here it is, they haven’t even done anything yet for WWE and they are on the new video games and talking about action figures, they’ve got t-shirt sales now. They are already stars coming out of the gate. Hell, their Twitter followers are in upwards of 40,000 which unheard of but they are known.

The lack of effort in presenting a quality brand in OVW:

I remember our 8x10s. I laugh at the photo quality of what we had. It was basically everyone stood in front of a black screen, took a quick picture and they printed it on a cheap piece of paper and they sold it for two/three bucks. These guys have got freakin’ beautiful 8x10s and they are giving them out and signing them and selling t-shirts. Back in the OVW days it was a freakin’ jam box that played the entrance music. With a curtain that was basically made out of two bed sheets. There was no guard rails. The production quality of what they have now as compared to what we had is insane.

Are the changes directly the Evolution of WWE as a brand or an Evolution of the Pro Wrestling business:

I think that’s just the way the evolution of the business has gone. There are no territories. When I was coming up, I think a lot of these guys would have been eaten alive by the likes of The Dudleyz and Bradshaw because at that time it was sink or swim. You had Bob Holly and Billy Gunn, these veterans that had been around and who were around when business was cut-throat and deadly. They instilled that in a lot of us. I was reading the Rene Dupree article that you guys did and he was saying that Bob beat him up and all that other stuff and that’s unfortunately the nature of the beast at that time. I remember guys getting their sh*t cut, glued stuff in their bags and now it’s so corporate that kind of stuff does not go on. It’s just a different age I guess. Is it better? I don’t know, I kind of like coming in with your butt clenched a little bit wondering what was going to happen or who is going to fight. It was always an interesting day just making sure you weren’t the last guy to have heat on you, as long as you weren’t the last it was never that bad.

Did Rene Dupree have instant “heat” when arriving at OVW:

He was a kid that looked like an Adonis. I remember when Rene came in down in OVW, I was like holy crap because he looked phenomenal and right out of the gate he already had a pedigree because of his Dad and where he had been. He was a ten year “vet” coming in at eighteen/nineteen years old, he was already there as far as being around enough of “the boys” to kind of carry himself in that manner to me and I think that is what got him some heat. Some of the older guys just didn’t get why he was carrying himself in that manner and granted he should have. I always thought Rene was a hell of a talent.