Greg Valentine On Insane Clown Posse: They’re Great Guys, I Love Them
Photo Credit: Fuse / Insane Clown Posse
Greg Valentine and the Insane Clown Posse? Sometimes the odd couples make for some of the best friends.
WWE Hall of Famer Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine recently spoke with Title Match Network and looked back on his relationship with the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and what it was like working them as a wrestler and actor. Valentine says he enjoyed working with the duo and praised them as being good guys and big wrestling fans.
“I worked with them at those gatherings that they have [the annual Gathering Of The Juggalos]. I wrestled there a couple times. The big guy Joe [Violent J], was a big-time Greg Valentine fan, so I got a call about something they were doing that was going to be on television, ‘ICP Theater’. So, they hooked me up with that and I did two different seasons with them, these are great guys, I love them. I just did a thing, I flew to Detroit a couple months ago and did a thing — they’re not back on television but they did the internet thing, like we are here, so to speak, and it’s the same gimmick, ‘ICP Theater’.
“Great guys, got hooked up with them because Joe, the big guy, was a big-time wrestling fan and he loved me. He always brought up the cage match that I had with Tito [Santana] in Baltimore, that was his favorite match of all-time. I don’t even think he watches wrestling now but he likes to have wrestling at his gatherings,” Valentine explained.
Asked what it was like working at the Gathering in front of the “Juggalos” that follow ICP, Greg Valentine explained how Violent J wanted to re-create his infamous steel cage match against Tito Santana [which took place at the Civic Center in Baltimore on July 6, 1985].
“So, he wanted to re-create my match with Tito that he saw in Baltimore, so, me and Tito were there and I got there around 6 o’clock in the afternoon. I didn’t go in the ring until 4 o’clock in the morning, and there was a cage set up. Imagine sitting there all this time, 4 o’clock in the morning? So, I wrestled and then my flight left at like 9 in the morning, so I said to not even bring me back to the hotel, so, I just went to the airport and took a shower there and cleaned up. That was a wild experience — I beat Tito this time by putting my feet on the rope for the 1-2-3.
“He wanted to re-create that, and I did another Gathering match, but that was in Toledo. I think I worked one of the clowns, where he actually got in the ring, but I mostly did the ‘ICP Theater’ at that was a lot of fun. I stayed there for two weeks in Manhattan, nice freakin’ hotel, went to a theater and filmed all this stuff. Great time.”
Insane Clown Posse Theater aired on Fuse for two seasons; Greg Valentine played the bouncer/usher of the theater.
The Insane Clown Posse recently announced they planned to embark on a farewell tour next year and explained what led to the decision, which you can read at this link. Eric Bischoff also spoke about his interactions with ICP while they were in WCW and you can read what he said at this link.
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