Notsam Wrestling Podcast
Episode 212: David Arquette
Release Date: November 15th, 2018
Recap By: James Hayes
From New York, Sam Roberts welcomes you to the show!
Sam is excited, as he should be, as we all are because there is a lot to talk about this week. The build for Survivor Series is insane and Sam thinks this is probably the most chaotic build to a PPV since TLC.
But, before we get into Bada** Becky Lynch we got to talk about David Arquette. Why? Well, because he is making a comeback. And this time its… FOR REAL. It’s also pretty entertaining. The guy is a little out there and I think you’ll like this interview.
Sam thought this was a publicity stunt for Arquette to make more money, but it’s clear from this interview that this is something he is passionate about.
Here we go!
“I did an event in Chicago. I went back to my room and they said, ’Sorry. We don’t have a room for you. This was booked through a third party and they did not clear it with us. We don’t have any availability.’ I was rolling down the street with a roller bag. And I was like, ‘Yes! I’m a wrestler.’ I was probably the happiest person to get swindled ever. I was like,’This is it.’ I got to check into some real shady dive crackhead hotel.”
“This is wrestling shape. I lost 40 pounds in 4 months. Some DDP Yoga. Jiu Jitsu. Boxing. I have also been training with Peter Avalon. He’s my wrestling trainer. He is amazing. Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. Just a great heel.”
“Training? Barely anything. Only what I knew. Chris Kanyon helped me a lot! I’m still not good at hitting the ropes. Still not good at doing my rolls. Still not good at doing the international spot. I’m still learning all that. I’m trying to get it to were it is a little more second nature. I’ll grab someone by the right arm instead of the left.”
Your Body Adapts:
“It takes getting used to your body being slammed and I’m old. I’m 47. Your body does get conditioned to it. I just had an operation where I was not able to train in the ring. You go back to trying to do rolls and you get dizzy. When I first started my eyes would bounce around. I was like,’What the Hell is happening?’ You have muscles in your eyes. Until you start getting training and stability your vision will bounce. Until the muscles in your eyes get strong they go crazy!”
Better Than Before:
“Yeah. Absolutely. I didn’t have the formal training. They didn’t want me to do it. I couldn’t beat anyone up and no one wanted to get beat up by me. And they still don’t, really.”
Taking Me Serious:
“Not really. There are certain people who still try to punk me. There is a bully element in wrestling sometimes. People either believe the characters that they are or they are living that part. They think they’re superhuman. Or they just think they’re real tough guys. Whatever it is. But, I don’t also like to be punked. There is a certain element of people who have a pre-conceived notion of who you are. And they think they are going to push you around like you’re going to take junk from them. I also don’t like being road rage guy. I’m a grown man. I don’t want to get arrested.”
“It’s hard for me because I don’t know where the line is, so if someone is taking liberties and it feels like they’re trying to beat me up, we are going to fight now. Be hard for me to know where that line is. I can pull out some holds, I’d probably try to choke someone out if they are really trying to be destructive and beat me up.”
Just A Rib:
“I threw out a rib or something.” Sam wants to know exactly how do you do that. “A rib can be out of place, where it feels like something is broken with every breath you take. It was in the back and I didn’t know what it was. I got it x-rayed and it was nothing. I was complaining a lot about that because your body does have to get used to falling and stuff. I threw up a couple times training with Peter Avalon. Then I went to Mexico and I did a jump off the top rope. I did it wrong I was supposed to go cross body and then this Luchador head-butted me just to stop me because I was going over him. And it hurt like crazy for weeks and I got it x rayed and they were like, ‘It’s probably broken cartilage.’ Then I did my first match with RJ City and I was in so much pain. So, we go on vacation for the holiday and I go, I gotta go to the hospital.’ I got an MRI and they finally found it was in an area near my ribs. You just have to sit with it. Pain management is a whole other thing. Then you have to take these things (pills) which depress you, then I started drinking.”
“It is a glamorous world. Even in the dirt of it. It is glamorous… for me somehow. I’m a fan too. I love entertaining. I get super nervous. it’s not the most relaxing. So, I do love going to the match. I’m ultimately a fan.”
Why He Returned:
“Before when I first became the Champion there wasn’t really the internet like there is now. Since then being linked to the fall of WCW. ’That’s a worst decision than making David Arquette the Champion.’ Those type of things just kept increasing. All these people started trolling me on the internet. Different wrestlers. I have a friend named Curtis and a friend named Ben. They are wrestling buddies. We go to wrestling shows together. My one friend Ben lives in Toronto and he always talks about the new stuff. He’d talk about indie stuff up there. He told me about this guy RJ City who I met at WrestleMania and then we did a thing, but he’s always putting me down. He’s really super rude to me. So, then we ended up doing a match together and now we’re tag teams, but he hated me. I’m supposed to get him on a talk show and he just really can’t stand me. So, I’m sort of using him to learn wrestling and learn the business, and he is sort of using me to get famous. He’d rather be famous than wrestle.”
Shots To The Head:
“I’m a wrestler at heart I guess. When I used to get into a crazy argument, instead of like smashing something, I would usually put my head through a window. Jumping out of cars just for kicks. Car crashes. I’ve got scars from that. Everywhere. I might of have taken out a few doors!. It definitely stops an argument… once you’re severely bleeding.”
“Wrestlers always say something sucks. That’s not what that means. That means it hurts like Hell. Or it really leaves a mark. Or you shouldn’t do that. Wrestlers never say something hurts. There’s this toughness about it, so they’ll say it sucks. I found out what sucks means.”
“I own a Macho Man stage-worn costume. I wore it to Burning Man. It’s checkered neon. And I was walked around Burning Man and I gave out Slim Jims.”
Slim Jim ad
“Miss Elizabeth was one of the main reasons I watch wrestling. Because she was so beautiful, then I turn to my wife and look at her and she is the spitting image of Miss Elizabeth. I was like, ‘Wait a second. If you had a perm…”’
Click the link at the top for the full interview, which includes David’s plans for a Cody Rhodes feud.
(By the way, on ESPN David Arquette recently said he would love to be in The Royal Rumble. It would solidify that he is no longer seen as an embarrassment to wrestling. Good stuff check the link below.)
RJ City vs David Arquette
David Arquette wins WCW World Title
Fighting With My Family
Sam discusses the upcoming movie about Paige produced by The Rock. Sam says it’s good to see a feel-good story about wrestling. Although, she’s retired it’s a feel-good story because Paige is still involved with WWE, and enjoying herself as General Manager of Smackdown Live.
State of Wrestling
5. Cody Rhodes and Joey Ryan Injury
Joey injured his pectoral muscle. Cody hurt his knee.
Both men have injuries but at least these two guys are not one trick ponies. Sam gets into the idea that wrestlers now must have a few different things going on besides just wrestling.
“‘When you’re independent you really have to diversify what you do. You have to get your hands in all forms of the business.”
4. Raw Runover time is over
USA and WWE agreed to do away with the overrun that Raw has done since The Monday Night Wars. Sam says this means nothing as far as USA not being happy with WWE. Raw still does great for network and taking away the overrun will not affect the unpredictability of the show.
Sam believes this show will solidify that this year of Takeover shows are the best ever. You can catch Sam on the Kickoff show panel.
2. Survivor Series
Sam gets into his theory of who will win the women’s match and if Alexa Bliss, Sasha, or Bayley will end up on the team. He also likes the idea of having an all heel Raw team.
1. Survivor Series part 2? Becky!
Sam, like all of us, watched in awe of how great Becky was at the end of Raw. He goes on for about 15 minutes.
And it’s never hyperbolic.
He also suggests we stop blaming Nia Jax for breaking Becky’ Lynch’s face and ruining Survivor Series.
He touches on Smackdown. The thing he noticed most was the fans wanting Asuka to replace Becky and take on Ronda Rousey. Not that he thinks it’s time, but he hopes WWE listens to the audience’s reaction.
Bryan turns Heel
Sam thinks that perhaps Bryan was turned in order to make up for losing Rousey vs. Becky. Fine by him. He wants to see Bryan vs. Lesnar more than a rematch with Styles.
As for the actual heel turn, Sam says, “I’m glad that Daniel Bryan is a heel.”
Finally, Sam advocates that A.J. must do something about the d**k kicking. He is taking waaaay to many nut shots. (Facts!)
Rating: 8.0 out of 10
A good show highlighted with a fun interview with David Arquette. And a good breakdown of Survivor Series, as well as some insightful fantasy booking regarding WrestleMania.
Happy Thanksgiving and see ya next week!
Based out of New York, James Hayes is an independent filmmaker and podcaster, currently working on a true crime series focused on African American crime. When he needs a break from the seriousness of true crime he turns to pro wrestling. His favorites are Bret Hart, New Day, Samoa Joe, and Becky Lynch. James has 27 years of following the sport. Here is a link to his film credits https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2026980/, as well as his Twitter @JamesHa34395813.