Manny Fernandez to Debut New Podcast, Talks About Never Working for WWE, more

Mar 6, 2021 - by Steve Gerweck

Former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion ‘The Raging Bull’ Manny Fernandez will debut a new podcast – No BS with The Bull” on VOC Nation Wrestling with new episodes dropping every Friday starting 3/12/21. Manny spoke on a recent edition of VOC Nation’s Wrestling with History podcast about his upbringing, his relationship with Dick Murdoch, never working in the WWE, and more. Here are some highlights:

On befriending Bill Apter’s father, who used to ring the bell in the NWA Florida territory: “That’s what I respected about him the most, he was just a regular guy up there doing his little job, giving me advice, and telling me ‘you look good kid.’ That made my night; I felt good that I could impress somebody. When you’re a rookie coming up in the old days, it wasn’t easy. They didn’t come back there and pat you on the back and say ‘great job, kid.’ They rode (you). They told you what you did wrong.”

On rumors about Dick Murdock being a racist: “When I started my career, I loved Dick Murdoch. He took me everywhere, I drove for him. I drove him everywhere… I never found (him to be racist). That was the rumor (about him), and that’s why he was called Captain Redneck… He was never racist around me…he was really dedicated into training me and getting me straight…”

On respecting the business: “When I messed up (in training), Murdoch would knuckle me upside the head. Sometimes I’d come out of that ring with about 10 knots on my head. That’s how serious they were about it… Back then you had to earn the respect of the old schoolers. You had to respect them. You come into the dressing room and there was guys like Dusty (Rhodes) and even Ernie Ladd and all the guys that were in there; Bugsy McGraw, Don Muraco, Sir Oliver Humperdink – you went over there and shook their hands and you respected people. If you got out of line and acted stupid, you paid the price. That was part of the business. If you weren’t going to respect the business, they didn’t respect you.”

On his run as NWA Champion in Florida: “1979 I was blessed. Everybody came in and worked with me when I was the champ; it was an amazing run. It was all Terry (Funk). To this day I owe him. To this day I owe everything I am to him… They trusted me enough (after) eight months in the business to follow their lead.”

On never jumping to WWE: “I told him to F off. I spent thirty some years in the ring. I didn’t want to work for Vince because I’m not a politician. I got in a lot of trouble coming up in the business because I didn’t brown nose (or) kiss (up to) nobody. If you didn’t like what I was then do what you’ve got to do. I didn’t want their belt, belts didn’t mean nothing to me. I watched Terry Funk draw more houses when I was coming up in the business without a belt… My mom raised a man not a dumb (person). I didn’t have a father so my mom raised me. She taught me to be a man. So I’m not going to go there and let (them) humiliate me and put bull horns on my head, come out there like a raging bull like they did Terry Taylor and all that… Struggling in the early parts of your life makes it easier in later parts of your life. I didn’t need that. I had just signed with New Japan anyway.”

Wrestling with History drops on all major podcast platforms every Wednesday under the VOC Nation Wrestling Network feed.

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