BARRY DARSOW: Barry Darsow talks about working with the Road Warriors, being upset about not being part of the WWE Hall of Fame

Posted on 5/23/120 by VOC Nation

Former WWE, WCW, and AWA star Barry Darsow (Demolition
Smash, Repo Man, Blacktop Bully) was a recent guest on
Wrestling with History with Ken Resnick and Bruce Wirt.
Barry mainly talked about the Road Warriors following his
recent appearance on Dark Side of the Ring, but also opened
up on his disappointment about not being in the WWE Hall of
Fame. Here are some highlights:

Darsow on working with his friends: “Every wrestler’s dream
is to be in the locker room and wrestle with your best
friends and I was lucky enough to do that with Rick Rude,
Curt Henning, the Road Warriors, Brady Boone…there are so
many of my friends I grew up with; here I’m wrestling these

Darsow on the Road Warriors coming into WWE: “It was really
a different situation going against the Road Warriors
because we were two similar teams and the way Vince McMahon
put the whole thing together, it didn’t really work that
well. I thought that they were going to keep us apart for a
while and really make it something special, but it wasn’t.
It was almost like Vince was trying to get rid of Demolition
and bring the Road Warriors in, and it was hard to get the
Road Warriors over because at that time we were over…but we
had really good matches and everything went really well, but
it could have been so much better.”

Ken Resnick on the Road Warriors behind the scenes: “When
they got in the ring, they were there to just beat the hell
out of you. I remember a lot of times, especially in the
AWA, where they’d be going over the match and it would be
amazing where Animal and Hawk when they were talking to the
team they were going to face would almost apologize to them
because ‘we’re about to beat the hell out of you; we’re
sorry but that’s who we are.’”

Darsow on talent being apprehensive about working with the
Road Warriors: “There’d be a chalkboard before the TV
(tapings) and it would have whoever everybody wrestled (that
night). Whoever the Road Warriors name was next to you
could just see their heads hanging down like ‘oh my God,
here we go.’ But, (they are) great guys.”

Darsow on Paul Ellering Managing the Road Warriors’ career:
“Paul (Ellering) was so smart. He’s been in the business
for so much longer than we were when we got started, and he
knew that he had a tag team that was different than
everybody and was the top tag team anywhere. He was smart
enough to tell these guys, ‘we’re not just going to sign a
contract for just this one company; we are going to go
around’ and what ended up happening is they were the top
guys in every territory that way. They never wore them out.
The promoters never beat them to get other people over, so
they just kept winning in every territory they were at. You
always wanted to work with those guys because then you’re in
main event matches all over.”

Darsow on it being hard to get the Road Warriors over in the
WWE: “When the Road Warriors were coming in, it was tough
for them to come in when we were already the baby faces.
They were like heels (to WWE fans) coming in because they
were from the southern organization and we were from the WWF
at the time. That’s where the matches were a little
difficult…we were a little bit more over as baby faces than
they were, and then Vince tried to put masks on us and we
ended up with Brian Adams as a third partner; we had all
these different scenarios to try and turn us heel, and still
the people didn’t really want to root for the Road Warriors
yet. It took quite a while to get them over as baby faces
and that was around the time that we left.”

Darsow on the idea that Demolition was a copy of the Road
Warriors: “When I first went up there…they had pictures of
the Demolition with the spikes and the masks and stuff… The
Road Warriors were down (in the NWA) from the movie Road
Warrior, so (the WWF) had to have their guys that were kind
of like that…I don’t know that for sure. I know we worked
completely different than they did, we did have a different
look, our interviews were different, so we were different
from them.”

Darsow on Demolition’s run being cut short: “If Bill
wouldn’t have gotten sick it would have changed a lot of
things. It was terrible; he had an allergic reaction to
shrimp. He pretty much died, and then they brought him back
(to life). It was a terrible thing. The Demolition was Ax
and Smash, it wasn’t (Smash and) Crush, so whenever you
bring in someone to replace the main people it just doesn’t
work. And it didn’t work…you’re not special anymore, and
the fans know that…that was the writing on the wall.”

Darsow on note being in the WWE Hall of Fame: “I honestly
don’t know why we have heat. I’ve never spoken bad about
anybody, I’ve always went by the rules and everything. Bill
has kind of ruffled feathers a bit but still I don’t know if
we’ll ever get into the hall of fame or not. I don’t know
what we’ve done. It’s actually really hard when wrestling
was my whole life, and I don’t even talk to anybody anymore.

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