by Jason McCord
Jason McCord: First off, Disco Machine, thank you for taking the time to sit down to do this interview with
Disco Machine: My pleasure.
McCord: Congratulations on being ranked number five on socaluncensored.com for the month of July.
Disco: Wow, I didn’t know that, excellent!
McCord: You had a pretty good month. How do you feel about how you have done?
Disco: I am actually disappointed with this month. The match that I had with Shogun against Excalibur and Yakuza was really good. As far as my other matches, I wasn’t that happy with them. I don’t think I did as good as I could have. Some things got kind of messed up. On a whole, everything at Revolution Pro is a learning experience. I am really happy and fortunate to be with a group that we can learn and grow, and you can screw up things, but you get better with every show. Having weekly shows is really valuable to all of us.
McCord: What brought you to Revolution Pro?
Disco: I came to Arizona four years ago without an inch of wrestling training, just a love for the sport. I met AWC in 96, and they came out with AAA and he was working with Konnan, and I just happened to hook up with him and just start up a friendship. We had a long distance thing going. I did the old Rudos website where he sold tapes and I did the website. When I moved out here in 1997, I started training in 1998 with them and ironically I was with all the guys training before their WCW match. That was a real thrill and just basically just hung around to the point where I just took pictures, I did the website, and did everything little around and stuck around. Next thing I was training, and now I have three years of experience. It has been a long road but it has been very fruitful.
McCord: What were you doing before you were wrestling?
Disco: I am a graphic artist by trade, and I was doing that in Arizona, but I was not making enough money. I was kinda stuck out there, and I said “You know what? If I am ever going to live out my dream and come out to California”, which I have wanted to do all my life,”and be a graphic designer”. I came out here and did that , and it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my wife and I am wrestling weekly. I have a good job that has afforded me to buy a house. In the four years that I have been here, my life has turned around.
McCord: How did you feel about your first match? What was it like?
Disco: (laughs) My first match, ironically enough was an international affair in Mexicali. It was against a guy named Aguila Real, a guy who no longer wrestles. This is how bad our match was, he never wrestled ever again! I did a whole bunch of really bad moves in front of literally, 30 kids and Bill Cuppernell (laughs). The show itself got screwed up. They promoted it on a Saturday. They didn’t get the flyers out, so I went out in the streets of Mexicali in my wrestling uniform saying there was a wrestling show down the street. I asked people to come in and we got 30 kids, but it was a really good experience. The next night, I wrestled Yakuza which was I kinda term my first real match because it was in front of about 200 people. It was the scariest thing I have ever done, and it was the most fulfilling thing I have ever done.
McCord: I have noticed with the character of Disco Machine, you can be face or heel. Lately you have been a face. What do you think the difference is between the heel Disco and the face Disco?
Disco: A lot of people have tried to get heel heat by just being a big bad guy. I am not afraid to make fun of myself. A lot of people think that the Disco gimmick is a “gay” gimmick, so it is really easy to get heat, if you kind of go along with it and stuff. I am not gay and I would like to state that on the record (laughs), my wife will attest to it. It is fun a lot of the times when you are able to make fun of yourself, the character, because people will really hate it or really dig it. It goes both ways, for instance, when I first came out, people just hated it and hated it because I did Disco and
Disco sucks, really easy to hate. If you notice there are guys out there, not so much disco gimmicks, but the guys in UPW, Gorgeous and Young (G.A.Y.). People love them because it is such a funny
gimmick, people kinda laugh at it, not really hate it. It is easy heat, and some people cant get people to clap once for anything they do.
McCord: So it seems that the face Disco Machine may add more comedy to a match?
Disco: It is weird, the face Disco Machine doesn’t have to do anything to get cheered. I just do my regular stuff that I would regularly do. The heel, I kind of have to go overboard and tell people or associate with the people that are heels. Like when I was in GuRenTai, everyone knew to hate me because everyone hated UltraTaro Jr. (TARO), Kikuzawa and NOSAWA. It was more like heel by association. Lately, I have been getting a face reaction because….. I am not even sure why. I just think people are getting into it rather than hating it.
McCord: Do you think it could have been when you came back, your first feud was with Matt Sinister?
Disco: Actually, if you go back, that could have led to it. If you go before that, my first match back was against Damien and Halloween with Matt Sinister. So maybe people got the perception that I was bigger than I really was. It has actually helped, and sometimes those situations come up and you don’t plan on them.
McCord: How did you feel about wrestling Damien and Halloween?
Disco: I was defiantly one of the best things that has ever happened to me, especially in my wrestling career because when I was in Phoenix, the first time I met AWC, I took Damien and Pierroth Jr. to a Circle K in Phoenix. I was just a fan, and they asked me if I had a car just to go to the store. I took them to the store, and little did I know 5 years later that I would be in the ring with Damien. It was really just how things circle. They were really professional, Halloween left a few bumps on my head, so I was really happy with it, AND THEN THEY PULLED DOWN MY PANTS! (laughs)
McCord: What was one of your most memorable matches?
Disco: For all the wrong reasons, one of my most memorable matches was with Super Dragon. We had a big match, and Super Dragon blew out his knee about five minutes into it. We were in the main event, we had to keep on going. I wound up separating my shoulder in that match too. My most recent match that is memorable is the tag match (Disco/Shogun v. Yakuza/Excalibur). I was just so happy with it that it was third match on the card. We were getting good heat, and we hit all of our moves, and it was really exciting. I felt that, that was what I always wanted to have for Revolution Pro, to have those style of matches like Japanese hard style matches, good near falls, and just kinda build on that. That is a match I like most recently.
McCord: Who do you see as a dream opponent, someone you might want to wrestle in the future?
Disco: Someone that I haven’t wrestled?
Disco: That is a really good question. I like to wrestle Excalibur. When he first came into Revolution Pro, we were both pretty much at the same point, we were both very green, really hard to work with. But he has come a tremendous way with his matches with Super Dragon and things like that. Down the road, I would like to wrestle him, and then I would like to get in the mix with Super Dragon. I don’t think I am at the level of those guys yet because of the time I took off earlier, but I would like to get right back into it, and get some really good feuds.
McCord: Were you injured during your time off?
Disco: I took off for personal reasons. At the end of 2000, I did have a shoulder injury. I have a separated shoulder where two out of the three tendons are still severed. I am only wrestling with one tendon in my shoulder. I have kind of rehabilitated it back but it is not at the strength I would like it. So I work really hard to rehabilitate it and do things and not injure it again, but it still nags me every once in a while.
McCord: Where do you see yourself and the Disco Machine character in the future with Revolution Pro?
Disco: It’s weird, everytime I try to evolve the gimmick, it just sort of doesn’t go anywhere because the “old” Disco stuff just gets over really well. I don’t have to really do much with it. I would like to say that Disco Machine kind of evolved into “Rave Machine” and eventually a “Sex Machine” (laughs). I would love to evolve into “Sex Machine”. It has been my dream gimmick, a friend of mine came up with that, doing more like the James Brown type of thing. That would be fun, that is where I see it going. If it doesn’t go there, I am happy with Disco Machine.
McCord: Let’s do a little name association, Excalibur!
Disco: He has come so far in so little time, and I am really impressed with him. He has really solidified our group and I am really happy with the progress that he has made, and Nook forward to wrestling him in the future.
Disco: We have gone a long way, him and I together. We’ve been traveling on the road with no sleep in the middle of Mexico or wherever the heck we were to having a ring that we can come to weekly. We use to sneak into places and train and now we have a full facility, and now we’re running every week which we’ve always wanted to do. It’s all the dream of him and I am just glad to be his right hand man.
McCord: Matt Sinister
Disco: He is defiantly the big man of Revolution Pro, there’s no doubt about that. I fear every time I am in the ring with him. He is the Vader of the group and I know when I get in the ring with him I am going to get powerbombed one time, hard on the mat every time I wrestle him. He’s a good guy and he tries really hard. With the cruiserweight division, sometimes, he doesn’t fit in, but he is defiantly a force. I have had some really good matches with him, and I can’t say that about a lot of people.
McCord: Anyone who wants to start training.
Disco: Get your ass into our ring and come down here. Don’t think that you can watch wrestling and do it in your backyard. We all did that, every single one of us that trains at Revolution Pro, anyone who wrestles anywhere has practiced in their backyard, on the bed or whatever. The best way is to come in and take a bump with a professional. They know, and they can tell you how to do it, and do it right, and I’ll tell you what, I have been training for three years and sometimes I feel like I have been training for three days. You always learn something in the ring. You have to be trained by a professional, there is no two ways about it.
McCord: The Fans.
Disco: I wish we had 500 more fans! I know we do, but I wish they would come out to our shows. We’ve got a really exciting brand of wrestling. A lot of people would really enjoy it. Make the trip to come see us because we are defiantly worth it. I am really thankful for our fans that come out every week because even though we get 100 fans, they are 100 strong fans. We have always had our solid core fans. I am thankful overtime we have a show for them because I would have had my separated shoulder for nobody.
McCord: Any closing thoughts you would like to add?
Disco: Yeah, come check out Revolution Pro. I am sure there is a lot of people that are gonna be reading this that are online that have heard of Revolution Pro but never really experienced it. I think that you would be pleasantly surprised by what you see. You are going to see stuff that you don’t see other places. It is a Japanese/Mexican hybrid, it is really exciting. Come out and we will put on a show for you like you have never seen before
McCord: Ok, Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me!
Disco: Thank You Jason McCord!