The following is an interview I conducted on behalf of Nihongogo. It may seem odd that Nihongogo is interviewing professional wrestlers but in my experience many fans of Japanese idol music also happen to be very big fans of wrestling as well. In fact, the very first Selective Hearing roundtable covered that exact topic.
I have received permission to re-post the interview here on Selective Hearing in its entirety. For those who walk that fine between being a Japanese pop idol lover and enjoying the work of those who are part of the world of sports entertainment, this one is for you.
Trish Stratus and Amy Dumas
Interview date: April 19, 2015
Trish Stratus and Amy Dumas are two women who have left an indelible mark in the world of professional wrestling. Both are multiple time WWE Women’s champions and WWE Hall of Fame members with Trish being inducted in 2013 and Amy inducted in 2014.
Their success continues out of the squared circle with Trish Stratus launching her award winning yoga studio Stratusphere in 2008. Amy Dumas embarked on a music career forming the band The Luchagores and becoming a DJ host for Project961’s PunkRockAlypse and hosting her own show Amy’s Discordia on SFMTV.
They were guests at the recent 2015 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and Nihongogo had an opportunity to discuss wrestling, music, yoga, their time in Calgary and many interesting facts about vegetables.
You are both known as strong female role models in the world of professional wrestling. Have you passed on lessons to the current generation of female wrestlers?
Trish: We really haven’t had much contact with these girls. It’s a new era for the most part right?
Amy: Sure. I don’t know. You might have to ask them if we passed on any lessons to them.
Trish: We would like to think they have taken stuff from what we’ve done. As far as personally I’m not in touch with any of these girls. The last generation that just sort of left, the Nattie (Natalya Neidhart) and Beth (Phoenix) era I certainly had a lot of contact with them and chatted about things. Professional wrestling is a difficult road to navigate at times so it’s nice to be sort of an oldie, a veteran in the business and pass things on you know.
Amy: A mentor. A young mentor.
Trish: A young mentor who is not old.
This question is for Trish. To get fit should I take Stratusphere Yoga or DDP Yoga?
Trish: The answer is Stratusphere Yoga. However I do think he’s (Diamond Dallas Page) doing some great stuff as well and you can obviously supplement with both. Have you tried any Yoga at all?
I tried Pilates once and I almost broke myself.
Trish: We like Pilates. Go to Trish Stratus.com. There’s DVDs you can check out and send me feedback, I’d love to hear it.
I’ll tell you if I break and I’ll tweet you from my hospital bed. So Amy, you were formerly a member of the punk rock band the Luchagores.
Amy: I have done that yes.
At this point in the interview Amy picked up a piece of broccoli from her vegetable cup and was asking Trish to take a sniff of it, distracting said interviewer for a few moments.
Does it smell good?
Trish: Broccoli, broccoli. Methane, methane. Methane gas. (said while giggling)
Amy: He’s easily distracted this one. The people won’t know what’s going on without describing it.
They were indeed sniffing broccoli.
So Amy, I was wondering if you have any punk rock bands you could recommend to our readers?
Amy: Sure, plenty of punk rock bands. For your readers or listeners?
Amy: Are you going to transcribe this?
Both: So you might want to put in brackets “while sniffing me-thane infused broccoli she replied.” (said while laughing)
Break for laughter
Amy: This is probably not a common answer, but if you were to start with one band in the punk rock genre I would go with Bad Brains.
Bad Brains, sweet. Just one band?
Amy: They have a large catalog, that’s what I’m going to go with. I don’t want to overwhelm your readers.
They’re willing to absorb a lot. So which album should we start with?
Amy: Banned in D.C.
After answering the question Amy then puts a piece of broccoli up to my nose
Amy: What is your take on the smell of this broccoli?
It doesn’t really smell like broccoli at all.
Amy: It doesn’t smell like broccoli right? It kind of smells like apple juice I think.
Trish: It’s methane. Broccoli also expels the same gas as methane. It’s true. It is a gaseous vegetable. If you eat it you may become gaseous.
Amy: Cruciferous vegetables in general do that.
So we’ve learned that vegetables will make you gassy.
Both: Cruciferous only.
My last question is how are you enjoying your time in Calgary?
Trish: We’re having an amazing time. We love it here. We’ve been having some good food and enjoying the people. And the weather hasn’t been too bad.
Amy: There was a bit of a blustery wind
Trish: In the parade it was really cold.
Amy: I asked a Canadian if I needed a jacket to go let my dog out. They said, “No, there’s a really warm breeze, it’s nice.” I was freezing. I’m from America, never ask a Canadian if it’s cold outside. Period.
Trish: Also when it’s cold and your hair is disheveled you can usually count on a Canadian to have a toque in her purse. But we are enjoying Calgary and the best thing is to be able to hang out with my bestie.
Amy: (end article.)
Trish: (she said with a smile)
We would like to thank the Calgary Comic & Entertainment expo media relations department, Trish Stratus and Amy Dumas for the interview.