Promo from Uprising (Feb.11/09)
Roberto vs Ultimate Pain for the CWA HW Title
Larry King Live
*Footages of Roberto winning the three way elimination match at the First Adrenaline Rush is shown.*
Larry King: "He's eccentric, flamboyant and he's going to fight for the World Title at Uprising on February 14 in Las Vegas. This is the interview we've been wanting to do for awhile now, Roberto Superstar, one on one. He's gonna answer questions about how he got into wrestling, his decision to sign for CWA and his up coming bout against Ultimate Pain and finally he will make a stunning announcement at the end of the show. So much to talk about, next on Larry King Live."
*The Larry King Live opening segment plays. When the video is over the camera pans on the desk where Larry King and Roberto are already sitting.*
Larry King: "Hello Roberto, thanks for being here."
Roberto: "Thank you, it's my pleasure sir."
Larry King: "First of all, you are one of the most eccentric and controversial wrestlers in CWA today."
Roberto: "I am? (smiles)"
Larry King: "Well, yes you are (smiles), and my question to you is, how did you come up with such a character? ...and please just call me Larry."
Roberto: "Ok, sure Larry. Wrestling is a business where if you dont make yourself noticed, it doesnt matter how good you are, you ain't gonna make it."
Larry King: "Basically, you need a gimmick that gets people's attention."
Roberto: "Exactly. When I step into the ring, my gimmick is loud and it's hard not to notice me."
Larry King: "It also gets into your opponent's head, so that's another plus I'm guessing."
Roberto: "(laughs) You can say that, it plays with people's minds, definitely. "
Larry King: "But you still need to be a good wrestler inside that ring to be successful."
Roberto: "Of course, of course, that goes without saying. Charisma and a great gimmick can only take you so far."
Larry King: "Ok lets keep going. CWA is a young company, only been around for a few months, why sign with them."
Roberto: "I signed with them 'cause...(laughs) first of all they gave me a bunch of money and it was hard to say no..."
Larry King: "(laughs) That's always a good reason."
Roberto: "Yes it is (smiles)...but no, mmmm I also saw a lot of promise in these guys. They really wanted to build a successful wrestling company, they promised me great competition and so far I think I've made the right decision."
*Larry King turns to the camera*
Larry King: "Ok, we're going to have to break, but I've got lots more questions to ask our guest, so stay tuned."
*The program comes back from the commercial break and Roberto's match against Vance Johnson is playing on the screen for a few seconds before going back to Larry King*
Larry King: "(looking at the camera) Uprising will take place Friday February 13 in Las Vegas. Participating in the main event is this good looking fellow sitting next to me, Roberto. (turns to Roberto) This is CWA's first PPV, what can we expect Roberto."
Roberto: "Uprising is gonna blow the roof off the place. CWA is really rolling down the red carpet for this event and it's going to be entertainment personified. There's gonna be celebrities, crazy pyrotechnics and of course myself (laughs). It's going to be spectacular."
Larry King: "Sounds like it's going to be lots of fun. Lets take some phone calls, what you think?"
Roberto: "Sure why not."
Larry King: "Our first caller is Danny Diamond and he's from Boston. Hi Danny, are you there?"
Danny Diamond: "Hi Larry, how's it going."
Larry King: "Im doing fine, thank you. Do you got a question for Roberto."
Danny Diamond:"Yes I do. Hey Roberto, first of all I would like to say that you are by far the best wrestler in the world today and my all time favorite. I own a wrestling forum and Im thinking about changing it to an all Roberto forum 'cause I'm totally in love wih you"
Roberto: "Oh thank you Danny, you're too kind (smiles)."
Danny Diamond: "I just wanted to ask you...are you concerned about The Brotherhood possibly interfering in your match on Friday?"
Roberto: "(Sighs) mmm let put it this way Danny...cowards always run in packs. Ultimate Pain is not just a coward, he is the biggest coward I have ever seen, so The Brotherhood is going to interfere, I'm certain of that. Am I worried? Not really, 'cause cowards dont scare me. Bring them all on, I love the challenge."
Larry King: "Thank you Danny for the phone call, now we go to Toronto where Al is on the line. Al, can you hear me?"
Al: "Yes I can hear you, hi."
Larry King: "Do you have a question for our guest here?"
Al: "I just wanted to know what has Roberto done to really prepare for this match? Also, Canada loves you Roberto and we're all hoping you take home the gold. You da man baby."
Roberto:"I appreciate it Al. Thank you very much, I'll do my best not to let Canada down. I basically prepared the same way I prepare for all my matches, and that's training hard. Everyone that knows me, knows how hard I train. I've always believed that fights are won in the gym and that's the reason why I always work so hard."
Larry King: "Let's talk about that a little. You are one of the hardest working guys in the business right? You are known for watching tapes of your opponents, you know the history of this business and inside that gym there's no one who sweats more than you. You've embraced wrestling in the biggest way."
Roberto: "I love what I do Larry. I love wrestling, I love the business, I love being involved in it, I love watching it, I love the competition, I love the athleticism, I love working out and getting in shape for it. I'm in the gym 15 hours a day. I wake up in the morning and I run for 2 hours. I then hit the gym and do some weights for hours and then do some more cardio."
Larry King: "You do this everyday?"
Roberto: "Every single day. It's my passion and to be honest, it doesnt even seem like working to me. I just love doing it."
Larry King: "(turns to the camera) Alright, we're gonna have to take a break, but when we comeback, Roberto is gonna talk about how he started in wrestling and how he is perceived in the lockeroom. Stay with us."
*The show returns and a Roberto promo is playing on the screen for a few seconds before returning to Larry King*
Larry King: "How did you start in this business."
Roberto: "I started when I was 16 years old in Backyard wrestling."
Larry King: "What is that exactly?"
Roberto: "It's basically a bunch of crazy kids wrestling in their own backyards and usually using a trampoline."
Larry King: "Trampoline?"
Roberto: "Ya, we used to use a trampoline. Easier to carry from one backyard to another, cheaper than a wrestling ring, less maintenance and you can usually do some crazy ass stuff on a trampoline, stuff that you cant really do in a real ring."
*Footages of an old Roberto match when he was 16 yrs old and wrestling in a bakyard match is shown on the monitor behind them*
Larry King: "That's insane. You have to be a real tough kid to do those type of things."
Roberto: "Tough and insane (laugh). I broke a lot of bones in those days."
Larry King: "I bet you have. So you've been around wrestling a long time already, do the guys in the lockeroom ask for your advice about things?"
Roberto: "All the times. In fact it's kinda funny to me sometimes you know, 'cause I am like a mentor to a lot guys in the back and I feel like a veteran, even tho I'm only 23 yrs old. Like I've said, I've been wrestling since I was 16 and I was also trained by the very best."
Larry King: "Let's talk about that. You were trained by the Great, Hall of Famer, Super Mario Ganzo up in Chicago in the Chamber."
Roberto: "Yes, that's correct."
Larry King: "First of all, tell me about the Chamber a little bit, what is it exactly?"
Roberto: "Well, the Chamber is just a basement where we trained. It was nicknamed the Chamber 'cause we used to get tortured down there."
Larry King: "I heard some of the stories and it sounds like straight out of a horror movie."
Roberto: "(laughs) It was rough, I'll tell you that much. People screaming, crying, boken bones, a lot of pain and all of that was a normal daily occurrence."
Larry King: "So I guess, a lot of people didnt make it."
Roberto: "Well, let me put it this way. Hundreds of people went down to the Chamber to train and to learn how to wrestle, but only 3 people have ever graduated. Me, Reverend Rudy and Black Sheep."
Larry King: "Let me ask you this, there are rumours out there that claim Ultimate Pain actually tried to train down in the Chamber, but ended up quitting after only one hour. Is that true?"
Roberto: "(laughs) No comment.
Larry King: "Ok Ok, fair enough (smiles). Let's talk about you training with Mario Ganzo and how was that experience like."
Roberto: "Well, Mr. Ganzo is unquestionably the greatest wrestler of all time. The first time I met him, I was like in awe. Super Mario Ganzo was to wrestling what Muhammed Ali was to boxing or Pele was to soccer. You know, he was bigger than life and all of us students were big fans of his. Being trained by him, is the main reason why in a few days I'll be fighting for the CWA World Title. It wasn't easy though, he often liked to push us to our limits 'cause he loved to know what we were made of. He was real cruel down in the Chamber most of the times, but he is a great man and a great teacher, that's for sure. I've been blessed to have been able to learn from him. I wouldnt be where I am today if it wasn't for him."
Larry King: "We actually chatted with Super Mario Ganzo and asked him about you and this is what he had to say. Watch the monitor please."
*Part of the interview with Mario Ganzo plays on the monitor*
Mario Ganzo: "A lot of kids come to train with me, but only a few of those kids have the real passion or athletic skills to make it. Roberto definitely had that passion and those skills. He was always the first to come training and the last one to leave. He loved to ask question and always wanted to know more. I remember the first time he stepped into the Chamber, you could see right away that there was something special about him. He is the best wrestlers I have ever had the pleasure to teach. In fact, he is one of the best wrestlers I have ever been around period."
Larry King: "Real nice words by a great man."
Roberto: "I dont know what to say, Im overwhelmed. To hear the greatest wrestler ever say those things about you it's...it's...it's the ultimate compliment."
Larry King: "Ok, we are going to take a final break and when we comeback we are going to play a little name association game with Roberto. Plus, his shocking announcement. Dont go anywhere."
*When the program returns, footages of Roberto and Ultimate Pain contract signing is shown.*
Larry King: "(looking at the camera) Welcome back everybody and thanks for being with us tonight. (turns to Roberto) Let's do some words association...Logan V"
Roberto: "We actually travel together...he's a good friend of mine and one the nicest guys you'll ever get to meet. As far as wrestling goes, he's finally getting his confidence back and I think Guardian Devil is gonna be in for a long night at Uprising."
Larry King: "Joey Nicholas"
Roberto: "A wrestler whose luck is gonna run out in a few days. I think the Doctor is gonna make sure of that when they finally meet at Uprising."
Larry King: "Vance Johnson"
Roberto: "Weird. Very, very weird, both in and out of the ring. That's all I gotta say about that guy (laughs)."
Larry King: "That was great Roberto. Finally, tell me why you are going to win the World Title at Uprising."
*Roberto laughs and then gets into charater*
Roberto: "Because I am better than Ultimate Pain. Like I've said before, he's a coward and he doesn't even deserve to be in that ring with me. You know, I've carried this company on my back so far and I've been the best wrestler here. It's not a coincidence that I've been in every single main event since this company started. I know it's not about deserving, but I do deserve to be the Champion and to lead this company into the future. Unlike Ultimate Pain, I'm on the road six days a week doing house shows, promoting CWA, doing autographs signings and not 'cause I have to, but because I want to and because CWA needs me to do this. You know, Pain comes once every 2 weeks, wrestles one match, collects is paycheck and goes home. That's not what this company needs. It also doesnt send a great message to the young boys in the back. The truth is the CWA fans want me to win...CWA needs me to win. (Roberto turns to the camera with an intense look) Ultimate Pain, I'm ready, I've done my homework and I'm 100%, both physically and mentally. Come Uprising, you wont be able to escape the inevitable. The inevitable fact that you will have to face me one on one in the middle of that ring. The inevitable fact that am better than you...and the inevitable fact that only a miracle will be able to save you. You see, you think you own the place, but what you and your cronies really own, IS A BEATING...and I will deliver it, free of charge. (maniacal laughs) It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye sweetheart, and you're about to lose both of them. At Uprising your ass is mine."
Larry King: "(looking at the camera) It's gonna be a match for the ages and you can watch it on PPV, so call your cable provider. (turns to Roberto) Roberto, what's the big announcement."
Roberto: "(still in character) Well, I was walking Precious without his booties the other day and it seems he has injured his little paw, so he won't be in Las Vegas."
Larry King: "(smiles) That's too bad, we wish little Precious a speedy recovery."
Roberto: "Thank you Larry."
Larry King: "Any final words?"
Roberto: "(Roberto looks at the camera, mimicking Ultimate Pain) You may be the...
Larry King: "..."
Roberto: "But at Uprising, I will be a Paaain..."
Roberto: "In your..."
*Larry King looks at his watch*
Larry King: "See you next week everybody, goodnight."