Story: Paul Roma had an interesting career in professional wrestling, a staple of the WWF’s tag team division at one point and Roma would even become a member of the legendary Four Horsemen at one point. In addition to being in The Young Stallions with Jim Powers and Pretty Wonderful with Paul Orndorff, Roma was part of Power & Glory, with Hercules. That is the team I remember him most for and they had some terrific matches during a hot period for tag teams in the WWF, appearing on large events and even pay-per-view spectaculars. His run as a Horseman was less memorable, but the faction wasn’t what it used to be at that point, so you can’t put all the blame on Roma. In this shoot interview, Roma tells all and pulls back the curtain on his time inside the squared circle.
Entertainment Value: You never what a shoot interview is going to be like, as wrestling is very political and the fear of burning bridges can be persuasive. Some workers will play it safe and be diplomatic or vague, while others open up and let their feelings be known, even if means that some might be upset or offended. Paul Roma falls into the latter camp and he says so toward the interview’s start, stating he wasn’t concerned about how others would feel about his statements here. Roma is asked about a lot of topics and he doesn’t try to duck a single one, giving direct and detailed answers in most cases, with little held back. If you’ve listened to an RF Video shoot interview before, you know about what to expect in terms of questions and while I would have loved better follow up questions, I think a lot of good topics are brought up and addressed. I think the follow ups were needed, as Roma isn’t the kind of subject who goes on tangents or off topics into stories, so a tighter interview method could have likely gotten even more gold from Roma.
While those follows ups would have been great, what we do have is almost two hours of candid, sometimes incendiary conversation about Roma’s experiences. He talks us through how he got started and this is where I think we can best understand his attitude about the business, as he was never a fan of it before he entered as a performer. He viewed it as a business and without the emotional connection that so many wrestlers have to the business, he was able to see things more clearly and you can tell while he appreciates his time in the ring, it was all business. He also details his experiences inside the tag team division in the WWF, so you’ll hear him discuss many of the top teams at the time, which was a real hot time for tag teams. He has some very colorful stories to tell from this time as well, including some hot button issues that are sure to appeal to wrestling fans who want the inside dirt. Roma buries a lot of people to be sure, but he also praises a number of his peers, so he doesn’t come off as bitter or just trying to spark controversy. He seems open an honest, so if you like wild shoot interviews, this one will hit that mark.