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 - Scott Keith  

- Filmed December 10 / 02, according to the introduction.

- JJ got into wrestling because he was a fan, more or less.

- He was part of the Johnny Valentine fanclub, and basically hung around the arenas as a result until he became a program vendor and got to know the boys.

- Once he got into college, he became a ringboy (insert Pat Patterson joke here) at the NBC studio wrestling show, and took over as a referee when one of them no-showed. He did that for about 6 years.

- He never had any training, and basically just moved into the wrestling side of things by way of osmosis until he was learning in the ring from guys like Bruno and Killer Kowalski.

- Finally, the Sheik offered him a job as a wrestler in Detroit in the 60s and he was off from there. His first singles match was against Killer Kowalski and he thought he was going to die.

- Never had any problems with the old-timers hassling him. Messed up a bodyslam due to inexperience once, but was immediately taught the proper way in the dressing room.

- He drifted out of the business for a while and worked for a trucking company, until the bug bit him again when he was 28 and he called the Sheik and started doing a few shots to get back in the groove again. The trucking company transferred him to Ohio, so he called up Bruno in Pittsburgh and called in a few favors. Bruno immediately started booking him, and he split his time between that and Detroit.

- Around 1970, he met a contact for Jim Crockett Sr., and got booked in the Carolinas as a result, with enough money to quit his day job. First match there was against Gene Anderson, and he hung around for 2 years. Again, no problems and a great learning experience for him all around.

- First big break was a TV match with NWA World champion Dory Funk, and they shot an angle where JJ had an interview talking about how he was nervous about the first match, but he might win the rematch if it was 2/3 falls, and they did a few rematches off that angle. This led to JJ's first real push on top.

- Talks about doing a shot in Canada as a replacement for Johnny Weaver and working heel against Leo Burke, which impressed them enough to invite him back for a bigtime heel run the next summer.

- He talks about his first foray into booking, as he pitched an idea about being a sneaky heel who outsmarts the babyfaces, which created a new gimmick for him as a Nature Boy and drew some pretty good money for the territory.

- After a taste of working on top, he realized that he couldn't do the marathon matches and brutal travel required of main eventers at the time, and that his strengths were in talking and booking and made the transition to being a manager.

- Talks about the extreme segregation of heels and faces at the time, which led to midnight meetings in the middle of the desert as the only way for guys to share ideas. Relates a funny story about a trash can match with Killer Karl Cox (loser gets shoved in the can), as Cox encouraged the redneck fans to dump their dirty diapers and chewing tobacco into the can in order to really milk the heat. Of course, Dillon cheated at the last second to win the match and Cox ended up with the can on his head.

- He made a storyline racist comment about Mexicans on TV and almost got the promotion thrown off the station as a result.

- To further an angle with Dick Murdoch, he did a promo running down cowboys using cow dung as visual aid and got a 6 month program out of it.

- Talks about how getting other people to put words in your mouth tends to water down the character and how he is a big proponent of wrestlers writing their own promos. He had such a passion for the artform of the promo that it became his focus, moreso than the in-ring aspect of the business.   
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