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In the past, there has been numerous female wrestlers
that have been recognized for competing in the ring
against men. Women like Jacqueline, Chyna, and the
late Luna Vachon have even made it into Pro Wrestling
Illustratedís yearly top 500. Rick Catado is the opposite
scenario, being recognized for competing against female
competitors. In fact, Rick aspired to get into the
wrestling business after being a huge fan of former
WWE Diva Terri Runnels. Today he is a mainstay in
Womenís Wrestling promotion WSU, where he has managed
numerous talent to winning gold, and competing as
well. Rick joined me to chat about numerous WSU talent,
WWE Divas, TNA Knockouts, WUW, how he got into the
business and more...
Carlton: This is a very special
interview...You are the first male to be interviewed
Cataldo: To be recognized by you
guys is an honor, and in some ways appropriate.
Carlton: I hear you were a fan
of the site back in the early days.
Cataldo: I was! It was the women
in wrestling that are the reasons why I became a huge
fan of the sport, and many years ago I would check
out this site for news and see what other fans had
to say on the message board.
Carlton: You have been a staple
personality on the New York/New Jersey wrestling scene,
and especially known for your involvement in Women's
Wrestling in the area. Who were some of the wrestlers
that inspired you to get into the business?
Cataldo: Women were the reason
why I became a huge fan of wrestling. I started watching
wrestling around 5 years old and without a doubt since
I was a little kid I always looked up to Terri
Runnels.... In many ways I wanted to be the
characters she portrayed during her time. While I
was starting in wrestling, I looked up to fellow IWF
almuni Alicia; she embodied probably
what I wanted to embody coming up in the industry.
I always wanted to be in wrestling but not necessarily
as a full time in ring wrestler, you know--wrestling
the guys ...... rather my aspirations is something
a "diva" would do, be more of a personality, manager,
commentator, and if I have to step into the ring,
I would prefer to compete with the women opose to
the men. Looking back at it all and now being coined
the "boy diva," I'm very content
where I am in the wrestling world, especially the
women's wrestling world.
Cataldo: There were a couple of
people who helped me get my feet wet over there, three
who stand out more than the rest are Fred Sampson
(now known as Darren Young in WWE)
Matt Bennent, and Jana (Profile).
Carlton: Today you are a mainstay
in prominent Women's Wrestling promotion WSU.
How did working for the promotion come about?
Cataldo: Ironically because of
Alicia, at the time around late 2006
and into 2007, she took me under her wing and I learned
a lot from her. In the early days of the promotions
existence, she was the top dog (like she was elsewhere
in the north east) and the first ever champion, she
took it upon herself to make an open challenge in
her first title defense, and I took the opportunity
against my teacher but came up short. However, from
that day on I claimed sexism against the promotion,
even filed several threats of lawsuit, and long story
short I have found myself very comfortable there.
Carlton: What has been some of
your favorite moments working for WSU
Cataldo: There are alot of fond
memories I have, but some that come to mind first
is in 2009 when I (along with The Beatdown
Betties) defeated Amy Lee
and Taylor Wilde to become the Tag
Team Champions, and then a couple of months later
ending a long feud and getting rid of Roxie
Cotton in a "loser leaves town" match.
Carlton: In 2010, "The
Cosmo Club" dominated in WSU.
Tell us about the faction.
Cataldo: Imagine Bobby Heenan's
family...only with smart, powerful, beautiful women.
I first took Brittney
Savage as a client after getting a managerial
contract and her career took off. I wanted to add
more gold to my resume so I formed the team of Jana
Rogers and everything came full circle.
The only title we have not acquired to the group is
the WSU World Championship, but everything
else has been going pretty smoothly.
Carlton: What are your thoughts
on the job Jana & Cindy
have done as champions?
Cataldo: Well as the brain behind
those two, I have my certain thoughts, for instance
how much better looking I would be as champion, however
to answer your question thoroughly, no matter what,
they always get the job done
Carlton: What are your thoughts
on WSU being broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv?
Cataldo: I'm excited! It's a great
way to showcase all the talent and on goings of today's
best Indy promotion. When it comes to WSU,
you have to take your hat off and give it to them
.... there consistent with promoting and have exposed
all the homegrown talent as well as the vets from
magazines to the Internet and everything in between.
There top notch and always gives the fans a great
alternate in women's wrestling and you can see that
on November 6th may it be in person or GoFight!
Carlton:You have also been a mainstay
at WUW in Brooklyn. What has been
some of your favorite moments working for that promotion?
Cataldo: That's my home promotion
so I have more than many favorite moments, most of
the moments are in the long standing feud I have with
on again off again friend/enemy Chris Verrazano,
including a brutal strap match. Another favorite moment
was just this past month defeating Mikey Firezone
and becoming the International Champion.
Carlton: In a recent interview
with another WUW star Tina San Antonio,
she named you as favorite wrestlers to work with.
What are your thoughts of the job she has been doing
so young in her career? (Tina
San Antonio's Interview)
Cataldo: So far so good! I don't
always see eye to eye with her, in-fact when she first
started out, I was very hard on her and still am,
but I can't deny she has proved herself a worthy competitor.
Cataldo: Outside of WSU,
and WUW; NYWC is another place where
I strive to prove myself, NWS, ECLL, ICW, and LUCHA
VA VOOM are also other of the many places
I have been grateful to have been apart of.
Carlton: Who have you not wrestled,
that you would want to get in the ring with in the
Cataldo: I have had a couple of
scuffles with her during and even after matches, but
I never had the pleasure of going one on one with
Traci Brooks. Mickie
James (Profile), Jazz,
and Lufisto are others I would choose
to get in the ring with.
Carlton: Ultimately, What do you
hope to have accomplished in the business?
Cataldo: Ultimately making it
all the way , and we all know the sky is the limit,
but I can tell you my short term goals are remaining
International Champion in WUW, remaining
the top "girl" in NYWC, and eventually
getting a chance to compete for the WSU World
Carlton: For many wrestlers, "making
it all the way" is being signed to the WWE,
and even TNA. Do you think there
is room in those promotions for such a flamboyant
personality as yourself?
Cataldo: If I do say so myself;
I believe there is much room that needs to be filled
with my personality.
Carlton: You already mentioned
you would like to get in the ring with TNA Knockout
Mickie James. Besides Mickie,
if you were signed right now to TNA
or the WWE, who would you be feuding
Cataldo: If I had the great honor
of even being signed to any of those two promotions,
I would feud with anyone they would throw at me....
however if I had things my way .. I would love to
go up against the likes of Gail Kim
and Melina and for those of you who
are not familiar with WSU, Angelina Love
and I were in the midst of starting a feud during
her hiatus at TNA ... so if given the chance I would
love to pick things up with her.
Carlton: What advice do you have
to all the aspiring wrestlers out there?
Cataldo: If you want it, do whatever
you can to go get it. Simple as that.
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