In speaking with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine for an exclusive interview on the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we had a chance to ask him about his experience filming the documentary 350 Days.
Valentine was one of the stars of the film and recounted some of his trips up and down the road with names like Ric Flair and Roddy Piper, but during that interview, things went off the rails just a touch as Valentine commented on the current wrestling product, how WWE brands it shows and his take on female wrestling. It was a timely interview considering three women will be closing WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the year, WrestleMania 35, that will emanate from New Jersey on April 7, 2019.
Suggesting it is a different time in wrestling, where Vince McMahon is promoting his brand “WWE” more than he promotes the talent on the card, Valentine suggests WrestleMania might be the one time of year where who is in the matches is almost as important as the actual event itself. WWE is banking on that being true because, for the first time in WrestleMania history, females will be the last match on the card and the promoted main event for the company’s biggest event.
Valentine added that he once got in trouble for sharing his true feelings on women’s wrestling when he said they should remove them from all wrestling cards. It seems, today, he’s leaning more towards the idea that one match on a card is acceptable, but four matches or an entire female pay-per-view is ridiculous. He asked who would want to watch that?
Saying, “don’t get me started on girls wrestling,” he went on to say that he doesn’t understand the premise. He argued it doesn’t draw money and “it doesn’t mean sh–.” “I could get in the ring against 10 women and beat the
All that said, he did think that Ronda Rousey was a draw for wrestling and a total athlete. That Roddy Piper endorsed her seemed to mean something to his opinion of her as a performer.
Valentine is probably not alone when it comes to old school wrestlers having an opinion on how popular female wrestling has become. But, if WrestleMania 35 and the success of that show has anything to say about it, thinking like this (that women’s wrestling is silly) is probably as out of date as the idea of being paid in cash each night and traveling up and down the highways looking for territories to wrestle in.
You can listen to the entire podcast interview, including updates on WWE news and an additional interview with “The Genius” Lanny Poffo here.