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Steve Corino comments on working with Dusty Rhodes and Paul Heyman while in ECW

“King of Old School” Steve Corino recently appeared on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast to discuss his time in ECW, Dusty Rhodes and Paul Heyman. Here are the highlights.

How he found out that he was working with Dusty Rhodes in ECW:

We always used to joke with (Tommy) Dreamer. He would always talk about himself in the third person as “The Dream” so I didn’t even know Dusty was in the building that night. When he said you are working with “The Dream” I said “Ok cool what are we doing?” just thinking that I was wrestling Tommy Dreamer and he said no you are doing something with “THE DREAM”. The first thing I did when we met was say “Sir, we have a promo so what would you like to do.” He said “Kid, if you are as good as they say you are then we don’t need to talk about anything, just do it.” The original plan was he was just going to give me one big elbow, I would bump for him and roll-out and we would be done. We weren’t sure if we were using it for TV because he had just been released by WCW and as soon as they came alive for the first elbow Jack Victory ran in there and I’d get back up, then he would get back up and stayed in the center for the big elbow. Right from there he told Paul (Heyman) put me in a program with this kid. Paul asked how do you see this ending and I said a bull-rope match and we ended up doing a bull-rope match and it really was the greatest thing.

The most flattering comments given to him by Paul Heyman:

People always ask was winning the ECW Title the greatest honor Paul gave you and I think the greatest thing Paul ever said to me was after the bull-rope match he pulled me aside and said “Corino, that was better than anything he (Dusty) and Tully (Blanchard) ever did”. Paul had no idea that my three favorite wrestlers growing up were “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert and Tully Blanchard and that is what I saw in this feud was that I was the Tully Blanchard, Eddie Gilbert type of heel and when he said that I was all misty eyed.

Steve Corino also discusses the Northeast Indy Scene in the late 90s, his dark matches with the WWF, working Scott Steiner, all of his Ring of Honor feuds, CM Punk and much more.

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