Friday, July 23, 2010

Black Bart [RF Video Shoot Interview]

The Good
I had zero expectations going into this one.  Although Black Bart claims he's one of the most talked about characters in the locker room, I do not recall him coming up often or many statements of note being made about him in the many, many shoot interviews I've heard over the years.  That being said, he delivers the goods here.  If you like interviews with people who sling the mud, tell funny stories and are probably inserting a fair amount of BS, then you'll love this.  Black Bart puts over and buries a whole slew of people.  The claims that he makes about Vince McMahon's bisexuality sticks out as one of many outrageous pieces in this.  He is a helluva storyeller and in his Texas accent with periodic pauses for spittin', this is has to be one of those rare can't-miss shoot interviews.  Although he does not seem bitter, Bart has axes to grind with the typical people - Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler and even the Von Erichs, but some surprising arrows are sent the way of the Necro Butcher, Arn Anderson and Manny Fernandez.

The Bad
I hate to come out and call someone a liar, but Black Bart had so many facts wrong or confused that it makes much of everything else he says suspect.  Having a few times, places and such confused is one thing, but it gets to a point where stories hinge on details that are simply not true and the whole thing becomes hard to swallow.  I thought this was a remarkably entertaining interview and I'd strongly recommend it for that purpose, but like the shoots with Billy Jack Haynes, Brickhouse Brown and Jamie Dundee, you've simply got wonder.  Did he really threaten Jose Gonzales with a knife in Puerto Rico?  Did he and Sam Houston really steal the show from the Jim Crockett main eventers?  Did he really turn down a WWF contact in 1988?  It all makes for good listening, but I don't know how much, so to speak, is a work and how much is a shoot.

The Rating: ****1/2

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