Orlando Jordan on why he doesn’t watch today’s wrestling
Jan 4, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
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ORLANDO JORDAN REVEALS WHY HE DOESN’T WATCH TODAY’S WRESTLING, WHICH WRESTLING COMPANY HE WILL BE JOINING LATER THIS MONTH, AND MORE
In 2006, ClubWWI.com welcomed the hottest new Club online – “Club OJ” hosted by former WWE United States Champion Orlando Jordan. Now, we open 2012 with the man who makes every day a good hair day as Orlando returns for an all new 40 minute edition with James Guttman. Known for his straight shooting approach and unapologetic views, Jordan and JG talk about everything in this latest edition including Brock Lesnar’s eventual WWE return, the messages it sends, shocking things about today’s rookie wrestlers, why so many stars from his generation have left the business and more. For a full list of topics, head to http://www.worldwrestlinginsanity.com/am2/publish/newsnotes/cluboj123111.shtml
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James Guttman and Orlando Jordan have spoken about many of his biggest moments in wrestling. From title reigns to the opening of Wildkats Sports training (with its debut monthly show in Kenner, LA on January 26th), it’s all been discussed. But one thing James noticed is that he and Orlando have rarely discussed the current wrestling scene. He asks Jordan if any angle stands out to him as top notch. OJ mentions the CM Punk vs. WWE storyline and the two discuss it, but that’s where it ends. As he explains to ClubWWI.com members, there’s not much that gets him tuning in regularly.
“Besides that, man, I enjoy being in the ring. I enjoy going out and wrestling so I can do what I do best. So I can bring what I don’t see and what I miss to people.”
Guttman brings up a quote that Terry Funk had said in his ClubWWI.com interview when asked about not watching today’s product. Funk had told James, “If I was a great plumber, I wouldn’t want to watch other people fix pipes.” Jordan laughs and the quote seems to hit the nail on the head in terms of what he’s saying.
“See, I wasn’t going to say that. (laughs) I tell my students, I don’t watch. I don’t watch wrestling. I don’t. I don’t watch it because I get pissed off. (laughs) I tell my students, though, that I’m always willing to talk. Even if I look like I don’t want to, I will. Because that’s what I’m here for – for them. I don’t watch it. I go outside of my home and I hear (about wrestling). People look at me and that’s what they see. That’s what Orlando Jordan is to people. So, for me, I keep myself around people that have no involvement. My close friends, we don’t talk about wrestling. In my own private time and everything, I do indulge myself there. I’m watching tapes right now, you know what I mean?”
Although he watches tapes and videos of mat technique, there’s little about today’s product that gets the former WWE United States Champion interested. As his ClubWWI.com show continues, Jordan talks about the changing face of the business and how it’s not as much a slight on the current business as it is a statement about his viewing habits. His limited watching isn’t just for the big companies. He’s on that list as well.
“I can’t even tell you on my hand how many times I’ve watched myself. I don’t watch myself when I’m in the ring. I don’t watch myself performing and stuff because, I just don’t. That’s always been my thing. Occasionally, I’m asked to sit and watch it with someone. So I have to force myself to do it. I don’t watch myself, typically, and things I do on TV. I have people come up to me all the time and say, ‘Oh! Remember that time you…?’ And I’m like, ‘Not really.’ (laughs) Because I don’t watch myself, particularly, and I don’t really watch too much wrestling on TV.”
But, as Orlando mentioned, he loves being in the ring. That’s why he’s excited about his upcoming tour of Australia once again. This time, he’s going on his own for three months and joining a top company there to showcase his talents. He tells ClubWWI.com members all about it…
“Back to Australia. By popular demand! They’ve been asking me to come out there for the past year and a half. Come out and go on tour around Australia. So I’m actually going to do that now that we’ve got everything situated and set up. July 18th, I’m starting in Western Perth, Australia. I’m going to be signing a deal with A.A.W. – All Action Wrestling – in Perth, Australia. That’s going to take me, representing them, all over Australia. It’s an exciting thing. It’s just me. I’m going to go out there on tour and be out there for three months. I have over 28 – 30 dates over the three months along with some wrestling seminars, appearances, and everything. So that’s going to keep me pretty busy.”
Remember, Orlando Jordan’s 40 minute show and entire archive of appearances is available on ClubWWI.com along with over 300 other guests ranging from Jesse Ventura to Dennis Stamp. Be sure to follow OJ on Twitter @OrlandoJordan and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/orlandojordansHOJfans