IYH Interview: Larry Sweeney
By “IYH Rookie of the Year Candidate” Rios Granillo
This past week on In Your Head with Jack, OneInchBiceps and Barbie Richards were there yet again, this week to interview one of the most charismatic wrestlers and personalities in the business today, the Sweet and Sour one himself, , “Sweet ‘n’ Sour” Larry Sweeney. The current and 19 time holder of the ICW/ICWA Texarkana Television Title was there to talk about his life on the independent scene, CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, his trainer Buddy Rose, Tony Little and the origin of the infamous title belt he holds currently. If you would like more information on Larry Sweeney you can check out his myspace at http://www.myspace.com/larrysweeney, Mr. Larry Sweeney also strongly encourages everyone to check out CHIKARA’s Podcast a Go-GO which is located at http://www.chikarapodcast.com. Be sure to listen to the actual interview located at http://www.inyourheadonline.com. In Your Head can be heard every Wednesday at 6:00 PM EST and be sure to also check out past interviews in the archive section and sign up in the IYH message board were you can post questions to future guests.
Jack who was sporting a bit of a cold introduces “Sweet ‘n’ Sour” Larry Sweeney and said he was already beginning to feel better.
The interview kicks off right away with a phone call from Jason from the Message Board, who asked if Larry could explain the origin of the ICW/ICWA Texarkana Television Title. Larry said sure, and went on to explain that the ICW and the ICWA where promotions that ran in the Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas area and all the history was lost in the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, The 2 promotions merged in 1981and notable wrestlers like Buddy Rose, Buddy Lendell and Bobby Eaton held the belt. In 1983 the ICW/ICWA closed and the title wasn’t seen for 20 or so years. In 2005 the title reemerged in a tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana and his trainers Buddy Rose and Coronal DeBeers sent him down there….and the rest is history.
Jack asks where he got the name “Sweet ‘n’ Sour”? Larry said that people tell him he is a sweet guy with a sour attitude. Also people use to call him “Sweets” growing up
Jason the caller, asks about his opinions on the “Kings of Wrestling” (Icarus, Akuma, and Chris Hero) at the CHIKARA Trios Tournament and if he hopes to face them? Mr. Sweeney said he hopes he doesn’t because he is currently Chris Hero’s manager in Ring of Honor, the new Kings of Wrestling in CHIKARA are very talented, but are no match for the team of Robbie Ellis, Mitch Rider & “Sweet ‘n’ Sour” Larry Sweeney.
Larry Sweeney plugs his best of DVD which is located at his Myspace, he also plugs http://www.smartmarkvideo.com location to pick up all CHIKARA videos and an assortment of other independent wrestling.
Mr. Sweeney talks about CHIKARA saying that it gives wrestling a new twist with a lot of goofy antics and he really puts over the “The order of the neo solar temple” with Mantis and Hydra.
Jack asks if he was a fan of the older territorial wrestling? Mr. Sweeney says that he really just grew up on WWF and NWA and didn’t get into the Territorial until he actually started training for wrestling.
Barbie asks a question from the Chat room, What his thoughts where on wrestling Colt Cabana and Delirious with a towel jammed up his butt in the Chris Candido Tribute show? Larry said that was a really fun night, and of course it was an homage to the late Chris Candido himself who did the same thing in a match with Danny Daniels.
OIB asks about Larry Sweeney’s time on RAW as Nick Hogan and who contacted him to do it? Larry said that Rob Feinstein contacted him, and it spawned from Tommy Dreamer contacting Rob to look for a person the play Nick Hogan, Rob called Larry, asking him to be at the Meadowlands, and Larry said it was a blast. After wards he asked Vince McMahon if it went alright, and he said it did.
Larry says that he has not been contacted by WWE or TNA for tryout matches
Jack asks about the Iron Sheik, Larry says that meeting him was awesome and that he got put in the camel clutch and thought it was an honor to be humbled by the Sheik himself.
OIB asks for the best Buddy Rose story, and Larry talks about Buddy’s car a Lincoln Town Car with a huge satellite and pair of big plastic balls on the back of his car. So if you see a white Lincoln Town Car in Portland, you know whose driving it.
Barbie asks a my personal question, in which who would win in a match between Larry Sweeney and Tony Little? After some brief confusion on Mr. Sweeney’s part…he went on to say he would dominate the fitness guru and creator of the “Gazelle” .
Larry says that him learning how to call moves on the fly depending on the reaction of the crowd, is a real asset and is grateful that Buddy Rose and Coronal DeBeers taught him.
Barbie asks an odd question from the message board, What’s your favorite move that you’ve never done? After some thinking, Larry says that he would love to learn to do a masterful Power slam like Ted Dibiase’s Power slam.
Jack asks about his role in ROH and who he wants to get in the ring with. He says that, that in ring action isn’t his main priority and that managing Chris Hero is his main objective.
Larry says that he would love to manage in either WWE or TNA and wouldn’t mind not competing in the ring.
Jack asks what he sees his future of CHIKARA the promotion? Larry says that if its discovered by the right people it could make a big splash in the wrestling industry.
In Larry’s last moment he tells his fans to go buy his shirt and plugs his show in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and for more info visit his myspace page.
Be sure to check out the entire interview . For more info on “Sweet ‘n’ Sour” Larry Sweeney go to http://www.myspace.com/larrysweeney. Also don’t forget to go to http://www.inyourheadonline.com and check out past interview in the archive section and sign up for the message board and ask all future IYH guests your personal questions or if you want you can always call into the show and ask a superstars yourself.