It’s the day before Halloween, so who better to feature on this week’s “10 Questions” than “The Horror King” Vinny Marseglia? Find out his hidden talent (which he may have picked up from the villain in “The Silence of the Lambs”), what his thoughts are on the new “Halloween” movie, what scares him and more.
1. If you weren’t a pro wrestler, what would you be doing for a living?
I enjoy being creative, so I think I would have tried to get an opportunity as a special effects artist. I would have looked into the Tom Savini school at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pa. Professional wrestling was always the ultimate goal, and it let’s me show that creativity I know I have.
2. What is your earliest memory of pro wrestling?
The early ‘90s when I was about 6 years old. My entire family -- father, aunts, uncles, cousins -- we would all meet up at my grandmother’s just a street away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., and would walk to the events every time they came around. I still remember sitting on my father’s shoulders watching the (Ultimate) Warrior tear out of a body bag after a match with The Undertaker.
3. What is the best advice you’ve been given about the wrestling business and who gave it to you?
Don’t be afraid to be who you are. It was told to me many times during my career by many people. You can now see why I’d be somewhat cautious.
4. What’s a subject you’d like to know more about?
What it’s like to be the Ring of Honor World Television Champion and call it “Ring Of Horror TV.” Sounds good, doesn’t it?
5. Do you have any hidden talents?
As mentioned, I like being creative. Some of the stuff I have worn to the ring, such as the knee pads, jackets, et cetera, I have created and hand-sewn myself. Maybe I picked it up from watching Buffalo Bill (from “The Silence of the Lambs”) do it many times, I don’t know.
6. Who would play you in “The Vinny Marseglia Story?”
If I had to choose an actor to play me? I don’t know, perhaps horror actor Bill Moseley would be a good fit. He’s pretty good at playing twisted people.
7. What is your favorite horror movie of all time?
My favorite film of all time would be “The Lost Boys.” Everything about the film is great, from the cast to the badass soundtrack. Most consider it a horror comedy, so slasher horror I’ll go with the 1978 John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” I saw it for the first time when I was about 5 years old. Now look what happened.
8. Have you seen the new “Halloween” movie? If so, and without giving away spoilers, what did you think of it?
I did and I enjoyed it. I liked the references to the ‘78 original throughout the film. The film also had the Halloween night feel that it should. It certainly beats any of the films that were made after the first original two. Overall, well done. Go see it. Michael is a really inspiring person (laughs sinisterly)
9. Do you remember what your first Halloween costume was? If not, did you have a favorite one as a kid?
My favorite costume as a kid was Michael Myers. I’d bounce back and forth being all the horror icons. My mother got me into Halloween and horror at a very young age. She used to dress up and act as a prop to scare the neighborhood. People are still terrified to come to our house, even when it’s not Halloween. Ask Matt (Taven) and TK (O’Ryan) about my family.
10. What scares “The Horror King?”
I’m holding an axe right now. You tell me.