[scene opens outside the Air Canada Center. Chris Sanders is standing next to Tommy Lipton preparing for his interview that James Ranger set up]
CS: With me today is a man who needs no introduction anywhere on this planet. He is a man who has captured many awards here in the WWX starting with a rookie of the year award leading to many more wins including best GM and entertainer of the year. He is a multiple World Champion... Ladies and gentlemen, Tommy Lipton. Thanks for joining me today.
TL: No problem Chris.t hanks for that introduction!
CS: Let’s start from the beginning… Where are you from?
TL: Right here Chris, Toronto Ontario Canada. I was born just on the outskirts but these streets helped transform me into the man I would become.
CS: When did you first break into the pro wrestling business?
TL: I got into this business in approximately 2002. I eventually signed on with WWX in oh, I believe it was 2006, oh-7. Man that was 10 years ago!
CS: A decade! And congratulations on having a career of great success! Now, how did you get in the business?
TL: Well Chris, I started as a dumb kid, left home before I had any right to... It was tough. And I made mistakes... Plenty. I was trying to be the tough guy... Some times I would be, the other times I would get flattened out. I would go on and become a street brawler though, and I would grab some coin at any fight I could. It's how I lived... Years later, a man by the name of JT Steel was a mentor of mine whom I had met here in Toronto and he brought me into the Federation he was in at the time. I had tremendous success and went on undefeated for awhile... it was awesome. from there I joined a few small indie clubs and headed out to Japan. Finally landed in WWX and the rest is history.
TL: Actually, eventually JT joined WWX and even won the World strap. So that basically sums it up for you buddy!
CS: Have you ever had a gimmick? If so, what?
TL: *laughs* I was called Dark Shadow at one point while I hid my true identity. Unlike Syndicate, I actually really had beef with management to the point I had to remain anonymous. *Chuckles* Oh man the stories of those years. But also I joined originally as a Preacher when I first came on TV. *Laughs* It was not my thing but it worked. It worked well and I won titles and started becoming a name in the industry.
CS: Where do you currently compete?
TL: The World Wrestling Xistince... Um, that at one time would be odd. I have heard of others in more than one Fed. I personally feel you stick to one, you stick to ... Home.
CS: Who would you like to compete against?
TL: Chris I have done it all, so there is no one individual... But if I have to pick, at one time it was Gunner Granderson. That punks avoided facing me for years! Since he turned on his Brothers from our faction, after I was released from the WWX. He's a coward and a traitor. So when I returned this summer he was on my list but surprise, surprise he left. It's not the first time he bailed on the Federation to avoid facing me. So now I could care less about facing him. He's garbage in my eyes. But no Chris, I don't really have anyone in mind. Maybe another match with Corporal Sanders. Man he was such a strong strategist, I have so much respect for that man despite our past feuds.
CS: What’s your favorite entrance theme?
TL: In the End by Linkin Park. It was my first theme I used way back in 2002 when I first broke into the business.
CS: Who are you currently feuding with?
TL: This week I have Willie Steen and the TV contenders match... Yup. You heard that correctly, I'll bring back some meaning to the belt, prestige the shit outta it!
CS: Who are some of your closest friends in the business?
TL: I have my homies hahaha
CS: On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the competition?
TL: I'm not here to pass judgement... Unless a piece of trash is standing in front of me. If a piece of trash stands in front of me I'll say HEY, piece of trash you are zero next to me... Haha no let's edit that out!
CS: We are live.
CS: How do you keep yourself in great ring shape?
CS: If someone handed you a million dollars
TL: HAAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA Oh stop man! Dude you know I've not kept in the best shape.
CS: If someone handed you..
TL: what would you do with it? A million bucks. Well I do make a million. I make a few a year. But yeah a bonus million? I'd split it, half in the savings and the other half on trips, clothes, gifts for my friends. I'll give Darkness a shout out! He's one of them homies. We've had a hell of a ride here in WWX. Ranger in with that mix, shout out there.
CS: How well do you get along with the owner of the company?
TL: hopefully all is great on that home front. It is from my side! I would say that myself and the owner along with the guys in charge have not always been on the same page. When I returned we all had a long discussion and I think we are all good.
CS: What’s your favorite move in the ring?
TL: The Canadian Icebreaker is my go to move when I want my opponent down for the three.
CS: If you had to be a Face or a Heel for the rest of your career which would it be?
TL: Oh I love being the bad guy! Listen I love my fans and right now I'm fighting cleanly in the ring and following the book BUT sometimes it's good to be bad.
CS: True or False: Men and Women should compete in separate divisions.
CS: What do you like about being a professional wrestler the most?
TL: Well these days I'm more or less just here to work with the new guys, and I like that about this business. You get a chance to work with and help build new and rising talent.
Now before, when I was in the spotlight and looking out for moi, and obviously winning titles, kicking asses, and having a era named after me, Mr WWX, I loved the attention! I craved the spotlight, the hard fought battles and it was never a proper Friday night without beating the piss outta some dude! As a pro wrestler I had numerous opportunities to travel the world and experience many different cultures. It's hard work this business, but if you can hack it the perks are wild!
CS: What does the future hold for you?
TL: I am here to reclaim my legendary status in the WWX Hall of Fame. In the mean time I'm a vet in the locker room here to offer advice to those looking to gain help as they climb up the ladder. To the punks that have egos so far up their ass, I'm here to knock them back a peg or two. oh and maybe I have one more title run in me... We will see.
CS: How can fans get in touch with you?
TL: @TheRealLipton on twitter. Or come out to the WWX events, I tend to usually arrive early to do some autographs for the fans.
CS: When will we see you in action next?
TL: I'm on Wreckage this week as well as I will be in the battle royal at Phase Out.