Ken Resnick on Mr. Saito getting a raw deal, the Iron Sheik being a challenging interview, Jim Duggan's longevity, and more

Posted on 7/10/120 by VOC Nation

Former WWE and AWA broadcaster Ken Resnick hosts Wrestling
with History on VOC Nation every Wednesday night at 930pm
ET. On the latest episode, Ken and co host Bruce Wirt
talked about the most patriotic wrestlers of all time. Ken
discussed working with Jim Duggan, Ken Patera, and the
unorthodox personalities of Bob Backlund and the Iron Sheik.
Here are some highlights:

On why Jim Duggan was so successful for a long period of
time: I really, really liked working with Jim We kind of
developed an immediate rapport. He knew I had worked out of
college with the justice department for about 3 and a half
years, and his dad was actually the sheriff in Glen Falls,
NY so we had a little law enforcement tie in I was so
thrilled I got to see Jim Duggan last year in Charlotte at
(The Gathering). Jim is still active and still working, and
boy you talk about a testament to longevity It really
wasnt a gimmick, that (is) Jim Duggan. Thats a testament
to his staying power.

On Ken Patera going to prison: I actually knew Ken Patera
before I ever got into wrestling. He was married to a (lady
I knew), and her son Kens step son played little league
baseball that was coached by a friend of mine. So I used to
sit with Ken at little league games. So I knew Ken before I
worked with him in the AWA and WWF He did what he did.
Between the two, Mr. Saito really got a raw deal; he was
just sound asleep and didnt know what was going on. But
(Ken Patera) never got the representation he should have

On Bob Backlund being unorthodox: I worked with Bob at a
show up in Winnipeg, and I think he came in a couple of
times when I was with WWF I think at times he can be
(unorthodox), that would be accurate. I guess in his
defense, hes taken a fair amount of chair shots to the
head, so you might be able to explain it away.

On working interviews with the Iron Sheik: I had an
understanding that almost always I would start with Nikolai
and then go to the Iron Sheik. I had an understanding that
if the Iron Sheik started going off (on a rant), Nikolai
knew just because he had started that if Iron Sheik went off
I was immediately going back to him so he was always in tune
throughout the entire interview. Nikolai was great and in
those interviews he also served as my safety net.

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