Last night it was announced that XPW Stars GQ Money, Kaos, and J-Love were let go from XPW. GQ late last night decided to answer a few questions that I had.
Mike: First of all GQ, thank you for letting me do this.
GQ: A`ight Mikey it`s no problem. I appreciate you giving me this outlet to talk, as do ``The Rock Superstar`` Kaos and J-Love, whom are both with me here at this time.
Mike: Over all, how do you feel your time was spent with XPW and Extreme Associates?
GQ: I spent over two years with the company, and I would be lying if I didn`t say they were two of the greatest years of my life. Everything about my lifestyle for the last two years has been Extreme, and it`s been the kind of lifestyle people make movies about. Sex, drugs and rock and roll. The Agent to the Stars and The Rock Superstar Kaos were exactly what our gimmicks said we were...superstars. We lived life fast, and we had a lot of fun. Extreme Associates allowed me to make a great living, and XPW allowed me to build my name, image and persona while exposing my talents to a large audience. I appreciate everything Rob Black did for me, and my time there was a blast.
TRSK: My time with XPW was definitely right on. Rob Black gave me the ball to play ``The Rock Superstar`` character, and I ran with it. Without him and XPW, I might still be the Rawhide Kid, and now finally because of what he`s done, the Kid of Kaos has had his chance to shine, and I`ve exploded into an enigmatic expression of energy with a concussion bomb of charisma.
J-L: Although my time was short, it was a lot of fun and really cool. All the people in the back were so sweet, and that made times there a lot easier. I`ll definitely miss the friends I made in that short time span, but I`ll still keep in touch with those friends I made.
Mike: What are some of your fondest memories of working for the company?
GQ: Without a doubt, the forming of The Enterprise. Everything about that whole time period, and the faction`s evolution was just so... Plum! I mean think about it, we pretty much got to do what we wanted on TV, and we had the chance to just make asses of ourselves, and asses out of the people we were talking about or feuding with. We had E-TV. The television sitcom pilot `Right On.` The introduction of our altar egos Tony Shawblowme and Mike Teninch. The TV-Title reign. The Best of the Enterprise DVD. GQ Balloons. The rap videos. Wrestling a midget. A 400-pound fat chick. Taking the belt to Hollywood and City Walk. Just about everything we did created a memory for us. Shit, add to that the times spent with Pogo, and Vic, and Primo, and sweet, sweet Angel (oh yeah, he`s our bitch), and Kingdom James and Juvi and Jonny Storm and The Mexicans, yeah you know the Mexicans (Halloween and Damien 666 and Nicho) and most definitely V to the Cizzo (Veronica Caine) made for a lifelong supply of good memories. Because our philosophy for the past two years had been that there aint no party like an Enterprise party cuz an Enterprise party won`t stop!!! Good times!
Mike: Was your let go a surprise?
GQ: It`s been building and in the works for a little while. Both sides have had creative differences involving the direction of our characters and storylines, so no, we can`t say that it was a surprise.
Mike: When do you feel everything went down hill?
GQ: When Veronica left it was the beginning of the end, and then for both sides, it was just a matter of when it would happen. For a faction that was pushed and developed as one of XPW`s major interests, there was nothing being done to evolve that interest. We no longer did promos on TV, we no longer had actual storylines or angles, and we were merely just another match on the card. That wouldn`t have been a problem, but we were still appearing on the shows as if we were in the semi main event position. Once again not being on TV and not doing promos wouldn`t be an issue if it was just time for someone else to be built or gain a spotlight, but we were still being used in profile ways with no build up or development. One potential angle was to have me (GQ) turn on Kaos during the X-Pac match, which wouldn`t have been an issue if it was developed to peak interest, but they were ready to just shotgun that shit, and we didn`t feel it was right for our characters.
J-L: I kind of knew it was going down when nothing really developed with my character. I just kept getting beat up by Pogo. And then in LA, Pogo destroyed me on night one, and then night-2 I came back as if I was fine and dandy cutting a promo no-selling everything and getting beat up again. I didn`t think it made sense, and that`s when I knew things weren`t going to change.
Mike: Do you feel XPW coming to Philly was a mistake?
GQ: For us, hell no! We got exposed to a new set of fans, and I really think that we got a chance to get over with those fans and build a new extended fan base. Shit there was a fan dressed as GQ, people were bringing tons of signs for or against us, our Franchise fans in the front row every show came up with a 4-line chant that was cool, and they were always there to pop a pose and give an ``ohhhhh yeahhhhhhhh!!!`` I think we connected with the Philly fans. They appreciated our unique sense of humor and style, and they liked the energy and creativity we brought to every show.
J-L: I never would have been in XP-Dub if they didn`t go to Philly, so, no! No mistake in my mind either.
Mike: Many ``newcomers`` to XPW claim that XPW has an endless supply of cash, what is the financial situation with XPW right now?
GQ: We worked for XPW, but that doesn`t mean we knew the financial records of the company. That would be a question for XPW`s President, VP or whatever, not really for us. Obviously they have resources other promotions don`t have, but what those resources are and how deep they go are issues to ask them, not us.
Mike: Lukeford.com is claiming that Extreme Associates is owing their employees thousands of dollars, and that they are so strapped for cash that they can`t keep up their maintenance on cameras and production equipment`s, how much of that is true?
GQ: The fact is, is that rumors are rumors, and there have always been tons of rumors involving XPW which turn out to be false. For us, we never had or dealt with any of those issues, so it`s not something we`ve witnessed first hand. I (GQ) worked for Extreme Associates as well as XPW, and I made my living from the money I made working for Extreme. I never had a problem, so I really can`t say that any of those rumors are true.
Mike: What do you see as the future for XPW?
GQ: XPW has a bright future ahead of them, but in truth it`s not our concern anymore. We are worried about ourselves and our careers, and in marketing our talents to as large of an audience as possible. They have a PPV deal in the works, and future expansion plans as well. We wish them the best, but it`s time to better our lives right now and worry about our own skills, talents and abilities.
Mike: What do you see, or would like to see in your future? (plug anything you want)
GQ: We`re out to be the very best possible wrestlers and entertainers we could be. We would love to work all over the U.S, as well as over seas, so that we can expose ourselves and our brand image of entertainment to as many people as possible. That means we will look into various indy promotions, as well as try to get in contact with other places be it, WWE, NWA-TNA, MLW, AAA, CMLL, or wherever else we could get work, or convince promoters to use us and our talents to make them money. That`s the bottom line. Everyone nowadays is out for a pay day, but the good pay days really come when you make the promoter a bigger pay day. So that`s our goal. To get promoters to use us and exploit us so that they can make themselves more money. We`re into helping everyone we can, make money. That may be through merchandise. That may be through the build up of ``dream match`` indy feuds, that may be through traditional media or maybe through various local wrestling TV-shows, but with the wrestling industry the way it is, we want to do what we can to cause whatever little spark we could.
Mike: What kind of dirt do you want to dish that I haven`t asked you about?
GQ: Let`s talk about X-Cock...oh wait, I mean X-Pac. Truth is, we`re pretty upset that he ducked us at our last XPW show, and we`re ashamed of the lack of respect he showed to us, and the title we spent so long building as XPW`s most credible belt. We guess he felt the fists of fury that Saturday night in Los Angeles and he didn`t want to come back for more. We were under the impression that he was going to have the rematch in Pittsburgh, and he made us believe that he was going to bring it from the heart and put his ass into it. The fact is, you don`t come into XPW working a light style, you either go hard or you go home. I guess X-pac decided to go home.
In terms of other cheap plugs... H.I. is coming
Mike: Again, thank you for being so forthcoming and doing this.
GQ: Thanks for the opportunity.