Tommy Fierro is a “Jersey Guy” and if you’re from the Garden State then you can fully appreciate what that term truly means. Tommy’s a hard- working guy and a great family man, who also happens to be wrestling fan. He has taken his fandom and passion for the business, by giving back to the wrestling community with the 80’s Wrestling Con 2 Extravaganza at the iPlay America in Freehold. NJ on October 26th.
Tommy has been promoting since he was sixteen- years old in the late 90’s and 2000’s, mainly with conventions or what called at the time Fan Slam, when almost no one else was daring to do them. It was Tommy’s Tribute to WrestleMania 1 Convention in 2004. the day before WrestleMania XX, that helped fuel the craze for more wrestling conventions, e.g WrestleCon and Starrcast just to name a few.
Tommy wants to give the ultimate fan experience to everyone coming to his events and is always aiming to be different. He just doesn’t want to run another convention, Tommy is aiming for the ultimate fan interaction with the wrestlers that day with events like a special Halloween Costume Party judged by “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Sgt. Slaughter’s Push Up Challenge, 80’s Wrestling Theme Song Karaoke, A Tag Team Wrestling Panel with Demolition and The Killer Bees & much more! Tommy wants to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth and there’s no doubt that you will next Saturday.
Tommy Fierro took a few minutes for a Q&A with High Spot Podcast. Below are some excerpts from that interview. The full episode will be available on a special edition of HSP on Bodyslam.net next week.
HSP- How are you feeling? You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, what’s the mindset heading into this year’s 80’s Wrestling Con?
Tommy- I’m so stressed out right now! I’m like banging my head against the walls. For the last couple weeks it’s been chaotic with small tedious details. I’m a one-man show and it’s crazy, but its good to be talking about the event right now rather than doing stuff for it.
HSP– When did you realize that it was time for an 80’s Wrestling Con 2
Tommy- The first one I did was last year and it was my first event in nine years and halfway through the convention there are these very big screen projectors and they’re were just playing loop videos of the guys that appeared that day and I saw the sea of people, quite honestly I got a little choked up and right then and there I knew I had to do another one. The plan was to just do one. I had no idea it was something that I would do again, I thought it was a one-time thing, but with the last one being so successful, I knew I had to do another one.
HSP- When did you become a wrestling fan? Was it in the 80’s?
Tommy- “Absolutely man! That’s what I grew up on. I’m forty-two years old and I grew up on it, I’m a “Jersey Boy” just like you guys so when I was as a kid my parents took me to the Meadowlands Arena every month. I would go watch Hogan, Savage and Andre. Like all these guys that are on these conventions were there that I grew up watching as a kid So even though I’ve been involved in wrestling for so long it’s still really, really cool when you sit back and think about it that when I was a kid sitting in the crowd watching all these guys wrestle, collecting their action figures, t-shirts and their posters If you would’ve told me as a little kid that thirty-years later I’d be promoting events with these guys on it I never would’ve believed it in a million years. If you step back and think about it, it’s pretty fascinating you know.”
HSP- You took a few years off, what drew you back to promoting, especially 80’s wrestling?
Tommy– “Well I was doing independent shows until 2010 then I got married and took a break form it. Right now I’m the marketing director for a a big restaurant so I do that full-time as my regular job. Just for fun I started doing a wrestling social media page called 80’s Wrestling. I’m still a huge fan so I started on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you know just for fun posting 80’s pictures and it got really popular to the point where the like of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ronda Rousey, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho started following it and the social media numbers were amazing, so I’m sitting there looking at this following I have thinking I’d be absolutely stupid as shit if I didn’t capitalize on it and do something with, so a light bulb went off in my head. Wow! Lets do an 80’s wrestling convention, since I’m the one running 80’s wrestling social media account and that’s what led to that and that’s what led to the one in April. It was supposed to be a one time deal, a nostalgia convention, then I saw the response for it and I was like there’s enough guys to do another one so right then and there midway through the first one I knew I was doing another one
HSP- Tommy what message do you have for the fans heading to 80’s Wrestling Con next Saturday?
Tommy- If you’re a fan of wresting, please come out and support this show on October 26th in Freehold, NJ at iPlay America. I promise, you will not be sorry!
Scheduled to appear at the event are “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Sgt. Slaughter, Bob Backlund, Demolition, Haku, Brutus “The Barber”Beefcake, Marty Jannetty, Killer Bees, Tugboat, Virgil, Brooklyn Brawler & more!
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