Friday, August 24, 2012

13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – The Reverend Dan Wilson

I've just got too much content between now and Dragon*Con! Too many Q&As, too many Top Whatevers, TOO MUCH AWESOME!
So I have no choice other than to give you, my loyal Phantomaniacs, double the content for the same low price! That's right, ladies and gentlemen – starting tonight and continuing on Monday all the way through next Friday – TWO BIG, ACTION_PACKED POSTS A DAY. POSSIBLY MORE! We'll see.
When I sent out requests for Q&As I never expected the kind of response I got. I have a TON of people for you to meet and to help get you PUMPED UP for Dragon*Con.
Starting tonight – exactly one week before the Dragon*Con Wrestling opening bell rings – I bring you one deranegd son of a bitch.

            The Reverend Dan Wilson is a terrifying maniac in King Diamond-style facepaint. He has worked in Dusty Rhodes’ Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, NWA Anarchy, and NWA Wildside managing the likes of Azrael, Iceberg, and Shaun Tempers. This demonic mastermind also manages some of the most sinister figures of Dragon*Con Championship Wrestling every year. What follows is a rare look behind the paint at the man himself.

 1) What was your very first match or experience in pro wrestling?
A) Stealing a guy's ring announcing spot from the audience. The guy was terrible, and one of my buddies yelled that I could do it better. He said.."Oh yeah!??" and handed me the mic and told me to read an ad...I did.....and the company then offered me his job.


 2) What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
A) As a kid? The insane wrestling figure collection I had....there was no one favorite of that group. I'd have Flair battling it out with Sting in a bloodbath as many times as I wanted (with the aid of a washable red Crayola marker...if you stabbed the figures really hard it even looked all congealed)...they all later had a pink hue about them. Now? (Never stopped collecting toys...) My Giant Sized X-Men #1 MOC Box set I have displayed in my living room.

            3) What is one album everybody should own?
A) KISS - Love Gun (only if it is my favorite KISS album by an ass hair)


 4) How did you become involved with DCW?
A) First became aware of the Con when I was in High School in the 90's. The nerds talked about it as if it were some sort of sovereign nation of indulgent wickedness. I immediately knew I had to go there to see if it lived up to the hype. Tried for years to get on as a lowly ring announcer, but when I finally decided to let the world see the real me and set the wrestling world on fire by becoming "The Reverend" in 2005... I was immediately sought to be part of DCW. I suppose I fit in much better in that regard anyway.... I've been a part of it every year since. Always the gig I look forward to the most each year now.


 5) Can you tell me about your first DCW experience?
A) Well the wrestling fans at DCW specifically were a different breed. This wasn't like working at a barn in bumfuck, GA..... they were con-goers, some who were obviously huge wrestling fans but most were DCW fans...in that this was an experience only part wrestling and many parts something else entirely. There were lucky charms showering the ringside area, the language was foul, many were dressed as Stormtroopers, Superheroes, Villains, Killers, sluts.... there is this one crew of dudes who dress as classic WWF stars who are always entertaining. I knew in trying to attain victory for my charges, though I was attempting to cast incantations of misfortune upon them and cackling in their faces, that I was right at home.

 6) What is your DCW dream match?
A) A Reject's Family Reunion, where all my associates past and present team up one last time and disfigure some unlucky speck, or specks of insignificance. Fire & knives are legal.


 7) What is your favorite piece of gear you’ve ever owned?
A) The original "Reverend" robe from 2005. Some thieving shit-apple stole it in Canton, GA a few years back. Never found out who got it... I'd sure fucking like to. But when you're me you make enemies just by existing....fuck em though, feed em fishheads. Anyway, yeah that was my favorite.. It was made by one of WWE's best wardrobe guys, IMO. Superior quality stuff. Damned shame.


 8) How does a DCW match differ from other matches? Or does it?
A) At the end of the day as a manager, it all boils down to your guy winning. Despite whatever distractions, pageantry, rules or lack thereof....you don't get the most money if your guy loses. A good manager will adapt his strategy to any environment, and DCW is a vastly different universe than most standard wrestling arenas. We've endured and we've succeeded time and time again, because we not only adapt but as I said really feel at home with all the freaks, outcasts and the general underbelly of Atlanta, GA.


 9) Which actor do you feel like you could sit and watch for hours no matter what they were doing and why?
A) Vincent Price


 10) What inspires you to do what you do?
A) So many factors.... expression, ego, rage, hatred, love, passion, and of course just possessing the talent to do it. I project a unique voice in this world of dull and robotic repetition and I aim for it to be heard.


 11) What is your big nerd passion?
A) Comics. Marvel, DC, Image....whatever. I consume them like Al Pacino consumed cocaine in Scarface. One of my favorite parts of the con. Comic related costumes, writers and artists and of course mega-deals out in the vendor areas. I always spend wayyy too much money on comics at the Con. I love the stories, the characters, the imagination.....it is the only thing that can still recapture the feeling of being a kid again for me.


 12) Is there a movie that should never be remade and if so which one?
A) I would've said Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween but....already happened and remade TCM sucked hind tit, but I really really dug Rob Zombie's take on Halloween...so since both of those have been remade, I have to say I just hope they run out of shit to remake soon and they better not try and re-make the Exorcist. Movies like "The Last Exorcism" are fine... matter of fact I fucking loved that movie...pay tribute all you want, but you're never going to make a remake that captures that magic of time and space in play at the time the original came out that caused such a panic and why would you try? You don't have to re-make films to carry their legacy on into future art. Prior generations are supposed to inspire future ones. It always has been that way, but the current trend of just completely trying to re-do the past to me is a sign of cultural stagnation.


 13) Closer – can you cut a promo for the DCW crowd?
On August 31st, 2012 a shadow will be cast over downtown Atlanta as Dragon*Con 2012 returns. Come join Alice Cooper, Marvel icon Stan Lee, TV's original Batman & Robin (West & Ward), The Hulk Lou Ferrigno, "Superman" Dean Cain, plus cast members from Star Trek, Star Wars, True Blood, The Walking Dead & more! See the wildest costumes the fantastic machine known as the human mind is capable of, vender deals on comics , RPGs and all sorts of sci-fi/fantasy merch, film festivals, panels, celebrity Q&A's and everything on the underbelly of pop culture! While you're there come by the Hyatt Regency at 7PM on Friday and join me, The Reverend along with The Hate Junkies & Azrael, to have your mind blown by Dragon*Con Championship Wrestling, where we induct you into a world where the real Gods of The Arena reign with charisma, bloodlust, athleticism and death defying feats of inhuman capacity. Your world will change once you escape DCW. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHRRRRHGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHhhHHHAH!!!!!
 
Follow The Reverend on twitter @dragonsrejects, and check out his weekly radio show "The Rev's Midnight Black Mass" at www.poddyhumor.com or facebook.com/midnightblackmass

Couldn’t have said it better myself. No – literally. I couldn’t have.


-Phantom

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