Ladies and Gentleman joining us today is the Co-Founder and Commentator for the Millennium Wrestling Federation Mr. Dan Mirade. Dan has been gracious enough to join us just 72 hours away from one of the biggest nights in the MWF’s History. The Big Bang Birthday Bash on Saturday Night September 18th in Melrose, MA at the Melrose Memorial Hall.
Ted: Welcome Dan, Can you tell our readers how long you have been in the wrestling business and give them a brief history of the MWF ?
Dan: Despite having a few days left of my 20′s, I’ll hit my 17th year “in the business” on Saturday, October 23rd, when being involved actually meant “being in the business.” It seemed like in one weekened, I went from being a normal 13 year old freshmen in high school to having to fit into a world of adults, which was both good and bad. MWF was a culmination of things. Tony Rumble had passed away. . .there wasn’t the human sea of wrestling promotions and “wrestling schools” that you see today. . .I did some work with the former WWF for about nine months. Even though our first event was September 28th, 2001 even though technically we opened doors in January. The week before the WWF/E Invasion PPV in Cleveland I was basically told don’t call us, we’ll call you, so that got things rolling to where we our today. . .
Ted: Your holding your 9th Anniversary Show this Saturday Night. Can you give our readers a rundown of what they can expect at the show?
Dan: Might be easier to say what ISN’T going to happen. This just isn’t a Saturday night wrestling show, it’s a complete weekend of events with the Big Bang Birthday Bash Saturday and the Boogeyman Studio Shoot Interview DVD taping on Sunday. At the anniversary event, it’s a little bit of everything. Before the event begins, there will be merchandise tables on two floors of the Hall. We worked out a deal with our friend WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross to provide autographed bottles of his BBQ sauce. If you’re not a VIP Front Row Package ticket holder, we have event posters autographed by Daniel Bryan. We kick off a big night of action with blues singer Jivin’ Jenna Coofer singing America The Beautiful. The line-up is tremendous, a little bit of everything for fans of every age. All we can do is put it down on paper and give the athletes the chance to perform – I believe in them and I believe they’re going to be deliver, big time. A hot crowd no matter what the size is going to get the juices flowing even more. After the final match, we’ll announce the winner of the John Cena WWE WrestleMania XXVI autographed plaque that’s worth hundreds of dollars. We’re going to be doing a charity auction for an event poster signed by all the superstars along with Bryan with the winning fan being able to decide which one of three charities the money goes to. We have 13 autographed WWE/TNA photo(s) up for auction starting at just $5. And then, we have our autograph/photo session, where fans will be called up likely in blocks of 25 to avoid a long line to be able to meet and interact with the superstars. We always hope what’s done in ring will leave a lasting impression so the fans will come back again. . .being able to spend even a quality moment with athletes they’ve seen on television for years will last a lifetime. That’s what we’re able to do being a local promotion that WWE can’t provide. For the first time I know of in pro wrestling, we’re going to give fans a look at what really goes on in the ring, out of the ring and behind the scenes as we’re going to use our new Twitter account – http://www.twitter.com/mwf2001 – beginning at midnight September 18th and update it throughout Saturday and Sunday. I think it will be a real eye opener to fans, those that dream of being in the business, and some that even proclaim or think they are “in the biz.”
Ted: I saw on your website www.bostonwrestling.com that you will be running special raffles and auctions during the event. What type of items will be available for the fans to win?
Dan: We have #65 of only 500 authentic John Cena WWE WrestleMania XXVI plaques that include not only an autographed photo of John from Phoenix but a piece of the actual ring they used that night – same ring that the Undertaker retired Shawn Michaels on. Look on eBay, these plaques sell for hundreds of dollars. Saturday, a fan can win one with a $5 raffle ticket (or three for $10). When we met with Daniel Bryan after the 900th Raw in Boston, he signed ten of the “updated” event posters that had Shelton Benjamin’s name added. The other nine featured guests will sign it to go along with Bryan’s, and when we auction that off, the lucky fan will tell us if he wants the money to go to the Cauliflower Alley Club in honor of Luna Vachon, Special Olympics Massachusetts or Big Brothers. Originally, the auction was going to be for Luna to try to rebuild her home that burned down a few weeks ago, but now that she passed and knowing she was a CAC member, it seemed like the right direction to go in. To give fans “budget” items to pick from, we have a bunch of autographed WWE & TNA photos available. There’s literally something for everyone. . .
Ted: What Matches have been signed for this event?
Dan: Unless it’s Soul Survivor we usually only announce a couple of key matches beforehand since we want the fans to tune into MWF TV, and we have an interesting new concept/possibility for that this fall. I think what’s already been signed again shows there is something for every fan of every age. A double main event, first “Slyck” Wagner Brown of JBL’s Uprising defends the MWF Heavyweight Championship against the wild Boogeyman, which I believe was President Cena’s zing at JBL since Boogeyman has competed only once in MWF history, yet crushed JBL in two minutes at WWE Royal Rumble 2006. In the second half, the 5-Man Sudden Death MWF Television Title Match has the potential to be the greatest match in MWF history with five of the greatest athletes you’ll see in any ring. The champion “Straight Edge” Brian Fury – who competed in the very first match in the MWF, ever – defends against “Mr. Money In The Bank” Shelton Benjamin, ROH TV Champion “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards, “Hurricane” John Walters and his long time nemesis “Million Dollar Investment” Tommaso Ciampa of JBL’s crew. I believe there’s an hour time limit for this one, which is rare for a TV Title match, but they may need every single minute of it. The MWF Tag Team Title Match is going to have a lot of bad blood in it as The Uprising (Antonio Thomas & J-Busta) defend against what was “Team TNA” of Homicide and “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal. These two men despise the Uprising and are out for a pound of flesh so to speak. I’ve heard rumors that JBL’s lawyers have been trying to fight this match now that Homicide is out of TNA, but rest assured both Homicide and Lethal are going to be in Melrose, which isn’t a good thing for the Uprising. You have one of the biggest grudge matches in MWF history and a battle of former heavyweight champions, as Todd Hanson (with WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik) goes to war with psycho “Stalker” Dylan Kage (with Paul Bearer). Kage was responsible for the sneak attack in a gym parking lot two years ago that forced Hanson to have to forfeit the title and this is his first chance to get his hands on Kage since revealing himself. This one could steal the show. Another match I’m interested in is Julian Starr against Doink The Clown Matt Borne. Starr is young, but has picked up some big wins and could be one of the future stars of New England and beyond this decade. Doink Borne is a grizzled veteran closer to the end than the beginning but is more than ready to prove he still has what it takes to hang with the best of them. Both have something to prove, only one will win. Many other exciting matches on the books, as well. . .
Ted: I know that the Birthday Bash is one of the biggest events of the year for the MWF, but the next night September 19th you will be holding another special event. Can you fill us in a little on what will be happening on the 19th?
Dan: I hinted at it a little bit above, but we’ll be holding another in our series of Studio Shoot Interview DVD tapings, this time with The Boogeyman. This is the first shoot the Boogeyman has ever done as he protects his indentity strongly (and then some). Fans will be able to get an autograph and pose for studio photos with Boogey before we begin, and for an extra charge if they like, can have a studio photo posed and printed while the taping takes place, then have it signed for free when it’s over. The interview itself should be an interesting one as I pride myself on coming up with thought provoking questions the same way one of the athletes prepares for a match Saturday night. It isn’t some interview taped with a camcorder in a hotel room, this is the real deal inside a television studio with professional cameras, lights, mics, etc. It leads to a great finished product and we know this is something that die hard fans will truly enjoy. . .
Dan, I want to Thank You for joining us today and everyone here at ShockBlast Media wishes you and the MWF nothing but success in celebrating your 9th Birthday. Folks make sure that this Saturday Night September 18th your are in Melrose, MA for a night of wrestling excitement and family fun. I know I will be there on Saturday and can’t wait for an action packed card and I know you will be there too.