Honky Tonk Kid interview
Why the switch from Prophet to Honky?
When my spiritual family disintegrated, I decided to look in to my past. I developed an accent, I was a wrestler… so It’s clear the Honky Tonk Man was my father. My original intention was he’d be as happy about this as I was and he’d take me in to his family and next thing I know I’d be there with Bobby Orton ‘rasslin on TV. That’s not the way it happened. He seems to think I’m tellin’ fibs. Tales outta school. He says I’m copying him. Can you believe that? Is it possible for a man’s hereditary make up to be copied?
How has Wayne Ferris, the actual Honky Tonk Man reacted to this? How did he get booked? Does he even know he’s coming to wrestle a character who claims to be his son?
It would be pretty hard for him not to know. Phone calls, e-mails, letters and post cards. He never responded to any of ’em. I’ll tell ya right now… I’ve heard he’s been tweeting derogatory remarks about me. That’s on the internet for everyone to see. How dare he do something like that? Face to face, man to man… but on the internet? That’s the lowest form of communication in society today. It’s plagued with filth. How dare he?!
You performed at the Agrifair for ICW where another former WWE-star, Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake, a man who knows the Honky Tonk Man well was performing. How has it been hanging out with him and wrestling against another vet of the business?
Honestly, I’m quite eager to pick his brain for the weak spots in the Honky Tonk Man’s iron clad defense. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had time to talk to me yet. A-hem. I guess he doesn’t know who I’m related to… but we’ll figure that out. I’m sure.
When you see the reaction of the fans, what goes through your mind? Some genuinely like the character. Some just think you’re a cheap Honky Tonk Man rip off.
Rule of thumb: I don’t talk to fans. When I see their reactions I’m usually confused. All I care is, fans or not… this is a personal family matter. I’d prefer if there was no fans in the building. I actually asked the promoters to do this and they wouldn’t do it for me. I wanted everyone to be led out of the building. I wanted it to be empty but with me and Honky and we’d settle it right there. It didn’t go over so we’re not doing it. That’s fine. I’ll do it in front of people too. What’s driving me in my quest has nothing to do with the fans. It has nothing to do with the Divine Prophet. I’m still a moral man. I still have a place in my heart for applying morality. I’m just taking a walk on the wild side, you know what I mean? I’m trying to get to know my family better by experiencing my daddy’s vices, such as woman and what have you.
What do you expect do get out of this match? Win or lose, what does it mean for the Honky Tonk Kid character? Or the Divine Prophet for that matter?
You can take the preacher out of the church, but you can’t take the church out of the preacher. Going in to the 25th there is a lot on the line. I can’t envision a future where I am not sitting beside my father in a pink cadillac driving to Honkywood. I can’t see past that reality now. I don’t believe I can lose. I don’t believe he has it in him to strike his child. Once he lays his eyes on me and sees the way my hair is combed, my perfect lips… it will be like looking in to the mirror. A dimly reflected version of the Honky Tonk Man. He’s going to say ” Boy, Im sorry” and he’s going to reach out his hand to me and he’s going to hold me in his arms. OK Basso?! It’s not about win or lose! If he doesn’t… I’ll beat him to within an inch of his life and then he’ll do it. Those are the two options. Those are the two possible futures with the same outcome. Me with my father celebrating as the king and crown prince of wrestling. Forever. Do you understand that?