Chris Yandek, Wrestling and Sports Journalist &
14th July 2003
Tingle once again interview's Chris Yandek, acclaimed
wrestling and sports journalist.
last "hooked up" with Chris in August 2002,
and his career has moved ahead in leaps and bounds,
and today is one of the most respected wrestling journalists
in the world.
have been some of you career highlights, since I last
interviewed you in August 2002?
have been a lot of interviews since August of 2002.
In November of 2002 I conducted a rare interview with
Shawn Michaels where he was very open an honest about
Montreal and many other controversial topics. I also
had the chance to talk to Macho Man Randy Savage in
a rare interview about his new rap CD of all things.
I also had a rare 37 minute interview with Sid Vicious
where he announced his retirement officially. I also
spoke to The Hardy Boyz on their book media tour which
was a rare chance as well. Jeff Hardy admitted that
HHH had political influence on the WWE Raw Brand.
I also spoke with Kitana Baker one half of the Miller
Lite Cat Fight Girls on her thoughts at being at WrestleMania
exactly did the Fred Blassie deal come about?
was just another interview publicizing his book. The
interview happened on May 7th, of 2003. I was the
only one who choose to interview him, and he never
did many media interviews as it was besides a few
WWE things. It was the last interview of his life
before his death. I guess you could say it is my claim
to fame talking to a legend a month before he died."
did the Mick Foley interviews come about?
basically contacted the head of his book project,
and she didn't even know much about the wrestling
media scene. I basically helped her with that, and
in return I have made a friendship with Mick Foley,
and I have interviewed him one on one, and as well
my radio program."
non - wrestling projects and contacts have you been
many. It has been mostly wrestling."
do you measure your ongoing success in the journalism
just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I am one of
the top journalists in this industry, and in a positive
way contributed a lot of great stuff as an entertainment
journalist. I have done my best to be a real journalist
and asked the hard questions as always."
journals and media outlets are you representing now?
represent www.1wrestling.com which is the biggest
wrestling media outlet today. The St. Petersburg Times
Wrestling Section, Total Wrestling Magazine, Wrestling
Then & Now newsletter, and a few others."
are some of the benefits that go with your success?
a big fan base. Credibility. Meeting new people, and
just getting bigger and bigger."
is the most rewarding part of interviewing, broadcasting
that you are making an influence in a positive good
way. Being part of the entertainment industry, and
the most important thing is making my dreams come
that I am an influential journalist and making a difference.
Positiveness would be a big thing as well."
is the biggest compliment you have received?
Foley thinks I am doing an amazing job. Classy Freddie
Blassie thought I was a good kid. There are a lot
of great compliments, but not just anyone stands out.
I did get an email from a blind person once who has
this program that reads my interviews to him via speakers
and audio. I think that was a very touching moment."
you famous yet?
"My fame continues to grow off the web, but most
of it is on the web. My fame continues to grow every
day. An ESPN journalist told me that he wished he
would have started at my age, and that I have a bright
future. I know I do."
do you manage your workload?
the summer it is a lot easier then during the nine
month school year. I haven't told a one on one interview
in a few weeks now. A normal workload week would be
a one on one interview and booking 2 guests on my
radio program, and on top of that transcribing and
Internet publishing on my website www.neweraofwrestling.com
challenges are you facing?
am not facing many. I sure am in everyday life. I
have battled not having a father around for years,
but he works in the medical field and does pay for
everything. I have battled a learning disability.
I have battled haters at my school who are immature
and don't know me."
are you developing most of your leads?
doing research. Every wrestling or personality has
a management or someone you can reach about appearances
to get an interview."
you proved many people wrong, or do just ignore the
naysayers, and keep moving forward? (I do)
always do. I think the rest of my life I will prove
have the rewards been worth the effort you put into
gets you acknowledgment for sure. I have earned my
spot and the respect of the industry."
are you currently studying?
just finished up my 11th grade high school year. I
now am going into 12th. I will continue to major in
you ever really upset anyone in the wrestling business?
anyone that was truly connected to the industry."
much web traffic do you attract? (your sites seem
to go off the air from time to time) - over quota?
is probably the server I am on. I reach thousands
of people weekly."
media exposure have you received - media outlets and
sites doing profiles on you?
wrestling radio programs, Internet journalist outlets,
and as well your outlet as well."
words of advice do you have for journalists looking
to start out in the business?
expect anything to come to you. I would also say having
professionalism and maturity works too."
are your current projects?
is a secret of course. I never tell anyone what my
Tingle interviews Chris Yandek - August 2002
Tingle interviews Chris Yandek - 10th December 2003
Yandek is a Writer for the St. Petersburg Times Online
Wrestling Section at Ringfury.com,
Columnist at 1Wrestling.com,
and you can find his interviews in the monthly old
school newsletter Wrestling Then & Now. He also
contributes to Total Wrestling Magazine, and also
writes for Koco Sports an all around Sports Publication
check out their website at www.kocosports.com
Yandek is the host of his own world wide radio show
New Era of Wrestling on the Pal Talk Radio Network
every Friday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm Eastern Standard
Time. Check out www.paltalk.com
for more information.
has Interviewed Pro Wrestling Personalities Including:
Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, The Hardy Boyz, Chris
Jericho, Jake The Snake Roberts, Macho Man Randy Savage,
Sid Vicious, Jim Harris better known as the man who
played Kamala, (Host of the ABC Contact TV Special
with Bret Hart) George Anderson , Roddy Piper, The
American Dream Dusty Rhodes, Rey Mysterio Jr., Japan's
Foreign Wrestling Legend Stan Hansen, Mean Gene Okerlund,
The last surviving member of the Von Erich family
Kevin Von Erich, WWE Superstars and Divas Trish Stratus,
Molly Holly, and Jacqueline, as well as WWE Hall of
Famers Classy Freddie Blassie and The Fabulous Moolah.
has also interviewed sports personalities including
1998 Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski.
also represents The Stro formerly of WCW as his Publicist.
Check out The Stro's official site at www.thestro.com
was also a segment producer for the discontinued Tampa
Bay, FL's Pro Wrestling Weekly radio show with Shannon
Rose and former WCW and WWF star Barry Horowitz. Check
out the news web site of the radio show at www.ProWrestlingDaily.com
out his official site www.neweraofwrestling.com
for all his Interviews, Audio and Transcript.