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Former Star Recalls Going Up To McMahon To Pitch Hermaphrodite Character

Johnny Swinger, who performed for WWE in 2005 and 2006, appeared on Right After Wrestling with Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas (audio available here). Highlights from the interview are as follows:

His early career with guys like Edge and Christian: “It was always fun with those guys. We would go to all-you-can-eat spaghetti places and just sit there for like 6 hours. It was funny because Edge used to weigh 190lbs and he would just eat stacks of plates in those restaurants and we always wondered where he was putting that stuff.”

Working on ‘death-tours’ in northern Canada: “It was usually in Manitoba. We used to drive over these frozen lakes in the Winter to these reserves. It was the only way to get there. I saw -60 degree Celsius weather and it was always tough. But it was always the true test of your passion to go on those tours because some people would go on those tours and never wanna wrestle again. I never heard of any other tour that was worse than those. It was just below human standard. Anybody could easily die on those tours out there. I remember we crashed the ring-van out there one time and we were terrified because we had no contact to anybody and we didn’t even know where we were.”

A character he created for WWE that he never got to use: “I sidestepped creative and went straight to Vince. I asked for just a moment of his time and I laid out this character where I was a hermaphrodite and I would wrestle in both the male and female division. I would do a program with Trish Stratus and win the the Women’s title then go against Cena. I had angles written to go against Trish, Kane and Cena. I wanted to go to the top. I wasn’t going to pitch an idea to wrestle the first match of the night. I wanted to make money and be in the main event. I own the character…I have a patent for it so if it used on TV, I’ll get paid either way.”

  • Tyler(:

    He was Johnny Parisi on Heat ( Never competed on RAW ) and also was in TNA with David Young, Glenn Gilberti and Simon Diamond. and also ECW with Diamond.

    But he sucks.

  • venom

    Who is this guy? Did he ever wrestle on Raw or Smackdown? Or was he a dark match guy?

  • Raziel

    Even if they agreed to do the character did he really believe at that time that he would be allowed to go over Trish for the title and feud with early champion Cena?

  • adam

    I think they did that already had guys winning the womens title. Not as a hemaphrodite but just as a joke.

  • Shawn

    Wow. Just…. wow.

  • Blue Blazer 4 Life

    Um, who in the blue hell is Johnny Swinger?

  • Jason

    Hermaphrodite ? Wasn’t that The Rocks pet name for Kevin Kelly or The Coach a long time ago ? Leaning more toward the person being Kevin Kelly however

  • shawn

    until i seen cenas name i thought this guy was around the attitude era while i had skipped the description. shame on me, but this guy?(snort)

  • Bill

    It’s funny how this “former star” doesn’t mention what Vince thought of his idea. What a terrible idea. Did this guy seriously think he’d end up as Women’s & WWE champion, then feud with Kane? What’s next, Yoshi Tatsu ending Undertaker’s WM streak? I don’t think so….

  • CC

    How does a person patent being a hermaphrodite?
    Whats next, Orlando Jordan patenting being a gay and suing all other gays?

  • Paton

    don’t think you’ll be making much money from that Parisi

  • ##

    Vince already did that gimmick! The Hermies name was Chyna.

  • josh

    Was that the gimmick that Chyna used?

  • Raul

    I guess unlike Bill Watts, Vince doesn’t use every stupid idea he is presented with.