Joshua Modaberi recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana. Here are some highlights from the interview.
Teaming with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior at Survivor Series in 1990: “For me that was the ultimate, Hulk Hogan was number one and Ultimate Warrior was pretty close to him, Warrior was selling more merchandise than Hogan at the time and his stock was quickly rising and for me to be part of a trio along with those two, I felt I was the number three guy in the company! It was a great honour for me and it was a great feeling to be in that spot.”
Vince McMahon as a boss: “First of all he is a businessman, he is a very hard worker, he deals with the stars and I believe he respects all wrestlers as long as you’re the one that is making him money. He makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world but the minute your run was over he just moves on, he will say hi to you but he really didn’t have the time and it’s not because he is ignoring you, it’s just because he has to take care of business.
“I was really blessed that I was one of the guys that was making money for the WWE and it was quite an honour, I have nothing bad to say about him. I did very well and I’m really grateful that he did what he did for me and my family.”
Being a part of the first nine WrestleManias’: “It was such an honour to just be part of the beginning of something huge. I was a little disappointed because I was opening the card but before I went through the curtains Vince McMahon told me that the reason why I was there was because he needed someone to get the people off their butts, and I was going to set the tempo for the rest of the night, and that is when I realised how important the first match was.
“When I retired I had been with the WWF the longest of anybody in the locker-room without being fired, some of the guys had come and gone but I had a long run with the WWF. Being part of the first nine WrestleMania’s was a huge honour, a lot of the wrestlers would have given their left arm to have been in my position, I just managed to hang on because of my hard work.”
Being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Shawn Michaels: “It was a great experience that was the first year when they started having big inductions into the Hall of Fame and I was so honoured. I never realised it was going to be such a big event until I got to New York, the WWE had sent a couple of limousine’s to pick my family up from Texas and when we arrived at the hotel I saw all the people that were there and I couldn’t believe it.
“We went to the Hall of Fame induction and the crowd that was there was amazing and that is when it started to sink in what the event meant, it was such a big thing and it is such a big honour to be part of the WWE Hall of Fame.”