Joey "Playboy" Corman
On The Mike: Interview with Australian superstar Henry
'Playboy' Joey Corman possesses a rare quality in
the wrestling business. It isn't his high-flying or
mat wrestling abilities. It isn't even his better
than average mic skills. It's his honesty. Corman
is a straight-up guy. He doesn't fear backlash from
fellow workers in the wrestling business for comments
he makes, and is 100% dedicated to doing his talking
inside the squared-circle.
doesn't care for backstage politics. Since debuting
in January 1998, Corman together with close friend
Samir has taken the business by storm. Known as the
Overboyz, the tandem of Corman and Samir became immensely
popular throughout the Texas wrestling scene, and
eventually were booked to wrestle for notable East
Coast promotions such as Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)
and Pennsylvania-based International Wrestling Cartel.
Sick of the politics in wrestling, the tandem recently
decided to take on a new gimmick - Hallomass.
the following interview, Mike Altamura talks to Corman
about Hallomass and what it represents, how the gimmick
has been received thus far, the 5'6" 165 lb Norfolk,
Virginia, resident's style as a wrestler, wrestling
for CZW, and much more.
Altamura) When and why did the Overboyz gimmick start?
Corman) We started the Overboyz due to the fact that
we weren't getting any recognition from the promoter
that we working for on a regular basis. I don't really
care to mention him because I'm not interested in
promoting anyone except for us, but he wasn't giving
us our due and we decided to shoot on him and his
How successful do you think that gimmick was?
The gimmick did exactly what we wanted to do. It got
way over and we proved it with the reaction that we
got on the way to the ring, the gimmick sales, and
the lack of house after we left.
In recent months you and Samir have undertaken a new
gimmick, and are now working collectively as Hallomass-
a wicked and sadistic tag team. What sparked the change
in gimmicks? Does Hallomas' represent anything in
Hallowmas is a reaction to the business as a whole.
We got sick of everyone running their mouths and acting
like little kids and we decided to shut our mouths,
not acknowledge anything but ourselves, and let our
work do the talking. I understand that talking in
the business is important these days and we are able
to do it if it is necessary; we just don't care to
at this time. I don't want to talk to anyone wrestling
related that I don't HAVE to.
How has the 'Hallomass' gimmick been received by fellow
workers and moreover wrestling fans thus far?
A lot of fans don't seem to get it. The ones that
do seem to enjoy it. As far as the boys are concerned,
I don't really care what they think about it. I couldn't
care less about the gimmicks they are doing and I
want them to do the same for me. I don't get paid
by the boys nor do I work for them so I couldn't care
less how they receive it.
Altamura) What inspired you to be a wrestler?
I've been watching as far back as I can remember.
I grew up in Norfolk, VA so I got actual wrestling
on TV. Mid Atlantic, NWA, and several regional places
had TV in our area. Later we got the Vince McMahon
circus but like most fans in our area we either turned
the TV off or went to a local show to see what we
considered wrestling. I got to attend many great NWA
cards at the Norfolk Scope with my dad and I just
decided that it was what I wanted to do.
Who were you trained by and who impact have they had
on your career?
'Killer' Tim Brooks started my training and I finished
it with a guy named Jason Nash. Killer didn't really
have much impact on my career. He put in the word
for us with a few people and that got my foot in the
door at some places but overall I don't think 'Killer'
is a very big fan of mine. I still have all the respect
in the world for him though; he was a great brawler
and really knew how to work his character. He is still
one of my favorites. Jason Nash helped a lot because
he started his own promotion and booked me all the
time making it easier for me to make contacts and
Last December you and Samir had the opportunity to
wrestle Paul London & AJ Styles on an LWE show.
What experiences did you derive from that encounter?
Nothing really. I've worked Paul London several times
and as for AJ we always thought he was a hell of a
guy and a hell of a talent. I wasn't really impressed
with him at first because he did too much flip flop
crap but he turned into one of the greatest workers
hands down. I can't say we really learned anything
other than AJ is great in the ring and out of it.
What are your memories from your three-way match with
Samir and Brad Michaels at CZW's Cage of Death 3?
Is there any reason why you haven't wrestled for the
promotion since then?
That match was great. It was our East Coast debut
and who better to have it with than two of my friends.
We went back in and did another date for CZW (vs.
The Midnight Outlaws) and we are supposed to return
one day. It's wrestling so you never know. I really
liked CZW and their locker-room atmosphere. Zandig
is a hell of a guy and his crew busts their asses.
How does it feel to have someone like Mikey Whipwreck
saying you and Samir are two of the brightest young
stars currently on the U.S independent circuit?
That was great man. I've been a Mikey fan for a long
time and to work with him was an honor. He is a great
talent and to have him put us over, a guy who's been
in the ring with just about everyone was freaking
great. We learned more in that one match than we did
in the 2 years that we had been working before that.
How would you describe your style as a wrestler?
It varies with my mood. I'll fly but I don't like
to blow my knees and ankles out. I've slowed my style
because I want to last. When it's called for I'll
pick up the pace and do some crazy stuff, but in places
where I'm a regular and established I like to pace
myself. I don't like to hit all my big moves in one
match because it leaves me nothing to do the next
time out. That and I don't ever want to outshine the
baby (face) with moves. I've always said I can hit
a 450 and a moonsualt and so on, but if the baby's
big move is a hiptoss we are really gonna have trouble
getting him over. I want to be like Ric Flair. He
uses 6 moves, knows way more that that but uses 6
and he is a legend. I love Ric Flair.
How difficult is it to keep developing new maneuvers
to ensure you remain innovative as a wrestler?
It's not hard. Do like everyone else does. Get some
Japanese tapes and steal their stuff. Plus like I
said if you pace yourself you don't have to use all
of your so-called "innovative" moves. Samir
and I have forgotten more moves than most people have
What are the best and worst aspects of professional
Like I said I've always wanted to be in the business
and just becoming a wrestler was a dream come true.
That's the best aspect. Worst - Sorry promoters (pimps),
boys who are bigger marks than the marks (i.e. guys
who believe their own press, think they are stars)
and the internet.
What's the best 'rib' you've ever pulled off?
JC) I'm not too big on them. We do little things.
Showing out of state workers empty envelopes at the
end of the night making it look like the promoter
completely ripped us off, which is really believable.
Samir and I will act like we have heat with each other
while we are working our tag matches with younger
teams so it completely freaks them out and they think
the match is going to be a disaster.
What do you wish to accomplish in your wrestling career
before you retire?
Go to Mexico and Japan, and make enough money to buy
more information on 'Playboy' Joey Corman and Hallomass
www.hallowmass.vze.com Mike 'Kryptonite' Altamura
can be contacted via email at email@example.com
note: Thanks to Mike Altamura for granting us permission
to re publish this awesome interview. Greg Tingle.