Kevin Kelly and "Eugene" Nick Dinsmore
This week's episode of The Genius Cast is jam-packed with great content! We have two important guests, Kevin Kelly, the voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Nick Dinsmore, formerly known as "Eugene" of WWE!
In a special interview taped from Shibuya, Japan, Kevin Kelly opens up to Lanny about being taken to task by fans and how he handled the critics when he first started off as play-by-play announcer of New Japan back in October 2015. He talks reaching out to fans on social media to learn and understand NJPW more at a deeper level, the joy of watching the progression of Lanny and Mavs Gillis as commentators from their first shows up until now while also offering advice to Lanny to help him earn his spot to come back to New Japan as color commentator in the future. Over Kevin's 28-year plus career in wrestling, his work in New Japan is what he is most proud and he explains why and so much more.
In our well-anticipated interview with Nick Dinsmore, he looks back on being a ten-time Heavyweight Champion and eleven-time Southern Tag Team Champion in OVW working alongside Jim Cornette and Rip Rogers while training Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, John Cena, and Dave Batista, what it was like to wrestle in WCW when they were beating WWF in the Monday Night Wars, accidentally walking into the nWo locker room, wrestling as Doink the Clown and one half of the Los Conquistadores tag team, the lie he told that resulted in him getting called up to the main roster in WWE, sharing a ring with the likes of The Rock, Hulk Hogan, and Vince McMahon, road stories with Tajiri and William Regal, his feelings on how WWE handled the "Eugene" character, whether or not he thinks it would work in today's society, life after WWE, his Midwest All Pro Wrestling promotion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (follow @midwestallpro), and so much more! Nick also sits in the interviewer chair and asks Lanny some hard-hitting questions with one particular question challenging Lanny's claim that his brother was an upstanding citizen who was never arrested!
Two heartfelt and open conversations you do not want to miss!!
Also in this week's show: Lanny's history with the NWA, the perks and pitfalls of running against NWA territories as opposed to being a member of the NWA when with ICW, who Lanny wishes he had the chance to hit between the eyes with a frisbee, unusual stories on Iron Mike Sharpe and his extreme OCD, records Lanny used to break in the gym, and so much more!
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