been more then two years since I last interviewed the man now called “The Marquee”
Bruce Santee. In early 2004 he was in the middle of a bitter divorce and working for the now defunct NWA Florida. These
days he is working for several promotions throughout the Tampa Bay area. Usually along side his manager and wife “Supermodel” Amy Love who began training for wrestling in the summer of 2003. One of the IPW WrestlePlex
trainers was Bruce, along with Navy Seal and others. Unlike other interviews you might have read on my site, this one is 100%
shoot style and may offend some people mentioned with the topics and language used. The comments are the views of Mr. and
Mrs. Santee so don’t shoot the messenger.
Alan J. Wojcik: Let’s begin with some background on Amy. What
led you from Texas to Florida and how did you come to train at the IPW WrestlePlex under
the teachings of Navy Seal and the then named Bruce Steele?
Amy Love: I left Texas in search
of a new place and a new beginning. I was originally going to move to LA, but I wanted to start somewhere with a slower pace.
I fell in love with Florida and decided against moving to LA in a couple years. I did some internet searching
and the WrestlePlex was the closest to Orlando and I figured I could make the commute. I spoke with Naphtali
and he invited me to come see a show to see if I wanted to train and there was just something about the place. I came down
a couple weeks later and I was hooked. I actually started training under Naphtali and Bruce and various people would step
in and help out, then Seal took over.
Alan J. Wojcik: You were part of the final night of IPW Hardcore’s existence
in September 2003. Bruce was in a storyline where he (and real life wife soon to be ex) Sexretary Tiffany had split over Bruce
being part of the AOD (Alliance of Defiance founded by Scoot Andrews.) That night you were part of the storyline attacking
Tiffany. Was it weird for you to be new to the business and be part of this real life situation and what was your status with
Bruce? Was it just trainer/trainee or were there romantic feelings already in the room.
Amy Love: Yes we were together
at that point. I was a little weirded (sic) out at the whole situation. I couldn’t wait to hit that fat bitch in her
big nose. Later she complained that I hurt her, I say you’re in wrestling things get rough.
Alan J. Wojcik:
Who came up with the name “Hot Ass” Amy Love and what was it like competing in mostly missed tag matches since
there wasn’t an abundance of female workers in Florida?
Love: If I remember, it was Steve Madison who called me “Hot Ass” behind the concession stand where I worked during
the WrestlePlex shows. I was working with James Morrison (the former Job Zout) and he was sort of the rock star so Courtney
Love’s last name became mine. I wasn’t opposed to working with guys because the more training I did with men it
would be easier with women. Lots of women don’t hit hard so I learned to bump from working guys.
I think it taught her how to take a beating. I trained and we were stiff with her. Navy Seal accidentally broke her nose twice
in one week. She snapped it back in her place and got back in. She is tougher then 98% of the guys, I know she is tougher
Alan J. Wojcik: We haven’t talked on tape in over two years so we have lots to cover but we’ll
sift through the monotonous stuff. You were part of NWA Florida in 2004 and done some dark stuff for TNA Wrestling when the
weekly PPV’s were going on in Nashville. They moved some of the filming to Orlando for what now is TNA Impact. In the early tapings of the summer/fall 2004 you were part of the enhancement talent on
the shows. What led you to stop working for them and were you ever offered a deal since besides Hotstuff Hernandez, Ryan Wilson,
Abyss, Monty Brown and Lance Hoyt you were biggest guy over there.
Bruce Santee: TNA brought me, Rod Steel and Frankie
Ciatso (formerly Capone) for a dark match with Team Canada (Bobby Roode, Eric Young and Johnny Devine). Tonight I watched Johnny and A1 work (for FPWA) and he is still good
in the ring. TNA wanted a competitive match to see what we had. The next week we worked a dark with the Naturals (Chase Stevens
and Andy Douglas) who are great. There was talk of us working for TNA so Rod and I got matching gear to look good. But before
everything happened we got thrown into squash matches. I got beat by Monty Brown which is cool. Rod got squashed by Raven.
That was followed by a few more matches and then we put over Russ Rollins (Orlando DJ) and Marc Mero which was cool, were
company guys. After that we felt we didn’t know our place with TNA and I don’t think TNA knew what to do with
us. I am more of a WWE looking guy and with the exception of the guys you mentioned I was a monster in TNA. I would have loved
to work with TNA but I have no ill feelings with the whole experience.
Alan J. Wojcik: At one of the tapings TNA ring
announcer Jeremy Borash called you and Rod “the Steel Brothers” despite the obvious spelling of the last names
being different. Did that miscue lead to your working for Spinebuster in Georgia under that name and after beating each other for years in IPW and NWA Florida what is Rod like
as a partner?
Bruce Santee: Rod is… (Amy laughs too loud for Bruce to continue)
Alan J. Wojcik: In ring
partner you devious minded person.
Bruce Santee: Rod is the laziest MF’er ever, he’ll do anything to avoid
taking a bump and
I love him to death. He has suffered 10 concussions in his career, suffers from two bad shoulders and
a bad knee so I protect him out there from his mind wanting to do things he can’t do anymore. Rod is great at the talking
and I do the walking. I am surprised that other promotions haven’t brought us in.
Alan J. Wojcik: Back in 2004’s
interview you threw Full Impact Pro (FIP) under the bus. Yet in early 2005 you, Rod, Frankie and Marcus Dillon did some matches
a couple of their shows. What led to a change in heart was it talking to Sal (Hamaoui) or was it Gabe Sapolsky of Ring of
Honor (ROH) coming to be their booker?
Bruce Santee: Ron Niemi made a deal with Sal that finally came to be after fighting
for months over territory and talent working for them. So the DVD deal happened and that allowed NWA Florida guys for FIP.
We were going to work for Hardcore Hell 2005 with NWA Wildside the next night so Sal was nice enough to allow the four of
us Capone, Dillon, Rod and I)to work out the match before we did it in Georgia. We opened up the Wildside event and got good notes with fans. I had my worst match ever in 2005
with Rainman (Kory Chavis) working for FIP and wasn’t either of us to be faulted. I just felt like I was drunk in the
ring and couldn’t do anything right. I was trying to do a different style for FIP and it led to me losing that slot.
Alan J. Wojcik: While Bruce was working for FIP and NWA Florida which morphed into Pro Wrestling Warfare (PWW) you
went to Pittsburgh to be part of Wrestle Reunion II where you in a match against former WWF Women’s champion Wendi Richter.
Amy Love: I was really excited since she was the biggest name I had worked with. She was in WrestleMania 1 for god
sakes. It was awesome being in front of that sized crowd and learning so much from her. The best part was the crowd was hot
for everything we did.
Alan J. Wojcik: Speaking of hot, around that time “Hot Ass” Amy Love disappeared
and in her place was “Supermodel” Amy Love. Who came up with the change and were you surprised the response you
got as a heel?
Amy Love: I came up with the character. I was thinking of a gimmick that didn’t involve me gaining
weight. Everyone was on me to gain weight and one night in bed I was thinking it over and the waif super model look popped
in my head. I am skinny, tall and wouldn’t have to lose weight.
Alan J. Wojcik: I think it worked since several
fans mentioned to me that you look like (former OC star) Mischa Barton.
Amy Love: I have never gotten that but I get
told I look like other people. I loved getting that level of heat and being able to talk shit I couldn’t do as a babyface.
Alan J. Wojcik: While other groups were having reunion shows up north, IPW Hardcore held one September 17, 2005. Were
your initial thoughts “why are we doing this” or “great this will be so cool?”
(IPW/NWA FL/PWW’s) Aaron Royal was the one who told me about four months before it happened. I thought it was great
since to be honest nostalgia sells, look at Rock N Roll Express, Bobby Eaton and Tully Blanchard who are still working and
draw thousands of people. I was keen on the idea and the show was at our old stomping ground at the VWF Hall in St Pete. I
was in a four way match with Buck Quartermaine, Mike Sullivan and Lex Lovett. All four of us held the IPW World title belt
and worked in front of a SRO crowd that night.
Alan J. Wojcik: We’re going to do a cyclical thing so stay with
me. Around or during this time we’re talking about, you went from Agent Steele to Bruce Steele to your real name Bruce
Santee with the moniker “the Marquee” in front of it. Was this decision based on the amount of guys using Steel/Steele
as a last name or something else?
Bruce Santee: I think it was a case of too many Steele’s out there on the independents;
I was getting mistaken for them in bookings. I decided to become someone that is real and that is where “the Marquee”
name came from. I think I am the best independent wrestler out there. I feel I have the charisma, the ability and the look
to be under contract with WWE or TNA. Some people say that’s ego talking, no its confidence in oneself. On my worst
day I can entertain people. I took that name because I am a focus in several promotions. The crowd is with me or against me
and they want to watch me.
Alan J. Wojcik: Since our last interview we have seen Mike and Todd Shane become the Gymini
and Antonio Banks become Montell Vontavious Porter in WWE. Both were signed or talked to WWE about working for them in January
2005 when you were part of the Kurt Angle challenge as a security officer when Roderick Strong worked Angle. Don’t take
this the wrong way but its got to frustrate the living shit out of you that they are in WWE and you’re here talking
to me after an FPWA show no offense to FPWA intended. I have said in numerous show notes I felt you belong in WWE or TNA.
Bruce Santee: To be honest I have no ill feelings about either of them signing. Mike and Todd busted their asses all
over the world on the best and the crappiest of shows. Here are two 300 pound guys who bump like cruiserweights and that’s
amazing. They should have been working p there seven years ago. Antonio got signed six months after that night and I saw him
talk to (WWE Talent Relations manager) Johnny Ace (Laurinitis) and ask for two minutes of Johnny’s time. After pestering
him Ace gave him some time and Antonio asked what he needed to do to get a job. Johnny told him come up with a persona and
send me a tape. Antonio came up with the MVP persona which is going to make him a headliner. All three of them busted their
asses to get there. The Shane’s are 37-38 years old when they signed and Banks is around 32. I am 27 and I feel I am
ready to get with them.
Amy Love: I think the three of them makes Florida look that
much better. Florida has such a deep tradition in wrestling and the three of them
makes a road out to WWE. I would love to see Bruce and I work there soon.
Bruce Santee: I want to add Ryan O’Reilly
to that mix too Alan. Man has he gotten good since he signed and worked in Deep South (Deep South Wrestling
is a WWE developmental territory in Georgia.) I think he has done some work with ECW. He and Banks have
formed into the WWE ring style and I am not far behind.
Alan J. Wojcik: Speaking of marquee names, in 2005-06 you
worked three current/former WWE workers. In spring 2005 before 3,000 people after a Tampa Bay Storm arena football game you
worked Memphis legend Jerry “the King” Lawler, then working for EWE (Elite Wrestling Entertainment) you worked
Chris Kanyon and Kip James (formerly Billy Gunn.)
Bruce Santee: Jerry Lawler surprised me because I thought he was
going to come in and just collect a check. Man was I in for a shock since he came with his working boots. The dude threw a
dropkick at my 6 foot 4 frame for fucks sake. Seriously though I like to work old school and can walk/talk. The King liked
me and put me over to the promoter. The first time I worked Kanyon was right around when he came out of the closet. I was
told him I was fine as long as he didn’t get a stuffy in the ring (laughs.) Kanyon will give 150% no matter if there
are 10 or 10,000 people in the crowd. I think everyone on the indies should have that attitude. He goes out there to entertain
and it’s great to have worked with him in some of my best matches. Kip James wow I admit I was an Ass Man/New Age Outlaws
mark in the day. He is so freakin’ big in person. He was like Lawler I thought he was going to mail it in but he came
to work. Those three guys helped me realize that I belong in the WWE.
Alan J. Wojcik: At one point you were working
for two rival promotions in New Port Richey, Florida, ACW (American Combat Wrestling run by David Kocotos) and
AWF (Alliance Wrestling Force run by Richard Merritt). In fact you were the heavyweight champion of both groups. Was there
ever a point when one asked to you kidnap the title belt or shitcan one in front of the other’s crowd. Any of that underhanded
stuff going on?
Bruce Santee: I started with AWF first when ACW asked me to work for them. There was some conflict
over who built up NPR and to be honest it was ACW who draws 2-300 people to a bar each Tuesday night. AWF is family oriented
and runs on weekends. I ran into some problems with each but both promoters are cool.
Alan J. Wojcik: We got into a
disagreement at Richie Rich’s WrestleMania 22 party over me liking (Go Daddy dot com spokes model) Candace Michelle
and you saying she was ugly and had cottage cheese thighs. This leads me to this question for both of you. What are your feelings
about the overall way women are treated in wrestling? Amy do you want to be like Candace or Tori Wilson and pose in Playboy
or do you want to be like Victoria and Trish Stratus who tried to kill each other at Survivor Series 2001 in a hardcore match.
Love: I think women are portrayed as rats no matter who they are. Automatically in a locker room people think I am a rat or
groupie when I come to work with Bruce. I have to prove I am worker and here to compete. I get the bad rap for the girls that
are rats. I wouldn’t have a problem posing in Playboy but I wouldn’t do it to get myself over with the fans. I
don’t think my mom would care for it but I think the magazine is tasteful. I am comfortable being naked so it would
Alan J. Wojcik: We mentioned you working in Georgia and all around Florida. Do you ever see yourself working for IWA-Mid South, CZW (Combat Zone Wrestling), ROH or Pro Wrestling Guerilla (home
to Joey Ryan who worked on the same show this interview took place after.)
Bruce Santee: With indy wrestling you have
to lose money to make money and I am into making money right now. I am not an ROH worker I am more into using my character
and not doing a spot fest. I have seen IWA MS and they are one of my favorites to watch from hardcore to the technical stuff.
If someone wants to book me out of Florida get in touch and let’s talk.
Alan J. Wojcik:
You are the only interview subject in the five years of my career who has more fun with word association then the actual interview.
So once again I am going to do this just for you and your lovely wife. Let’s begin with former NWA Florida owner Joe
Bruce Santee: (laughs) I hear he makes championship belts but when you order them they don’t show up.
Love: No comment about him or his companion.
Alan J. Wojcik: “the Hardcore Giant” Ron Niemi.
Santee: He made Florida great.
Amy Love: Crazy but fun to be around.
J. Wojcik: Frankie Capone now known as Francisco Ciatso.
Bruce Santee: You mean inmate Ciatso. I fucking love the guy.
Amy Love: I was thinking jailbird as his mugshot popped in my head. Awesome guy.
Wojcik: The trainer of both of you the Navy Seal.
Bruce Santee: He is the man he taught me so much about wrestling.
Love: Great trainer, I learned so much in a little amount of time, plus Jamaican Jam.
Alan J. Wojcik: FIP’s
Sal Hamaoui and Gabe Sapolsky.
Bruce Santee: Differences aside Sal and Gabe makes their livings in wrestling, I don’t.
Alan J. Wojcik: ACW’s Dave Kocotos.
Bruce Santee: Good guy who is building a company from the ground
up. He isn’t losing money so he is doing something right.
Amy Love: Good promoter. Sorry is this one or two
or can I talk about the topic?
Alan J. Wojcik: You think I am going to tell him to shut up. I want to see my 32nd birthday
(room erupts into laughter.) Let’s talk about Richard Merritt his AWF rival.
Bruce Santee: Another good promoter
who is following his business plan to fruition.
Alan J. Wojcik: The master of the DVD on the DVD and promoter of PWW,
Bruce Santee: I love that guy. He should have a job with WWE as a road agent he puts great matches together.
Love. He such a creative genius.
Alan J. Wojcik: I hate this one, the recently departed Jennifer Bednar, Miss XTC Jenni
Bruce Santee: We had some differences but she was good hearted.
Amy Love: We weren’t friends but
its sad she went the way she did.
Alan J. Wojcik: I am going to regret this since they will surely come after me.
Bruce Santee: Vagina..
Amy Love: What an asshole he turned out to be. I was cool with him when
I began in wrestling. He is such an ass.
Alan J. Wojcik: Do I need more tapes to talk about Sexretary Tiffany or can
you keep this under two hours.
Bruce Santee: Tiffany helped me grow up but at the same time she is trash. I really
am at a loss for words.
Amy Love: All I have to say is thank you for putting Bruce in my life. You gave up such a wonderful
Bruce Santee: To be mature about this I wish them the best because Tiffany and I were two different people. She
wanted kids and I don’t. I wish them the best. David gave me a blessing because I would have gotten her pregnant and
ended up punting the kid into the Gulf of Mexico.
Alan J. Wojcik: Let’s wrap up on a good note.
Bruce tell me what makes Amy Love great.
Bruce Santee: The absolute best woman you can find. She works a 40 hour work
week all while hitting the gym 2 ½ hour a say and carrying nine credits at college all while managing our house. She has so
much charisma with the “supermodel” gimmick she makes Janice Dickenson look bad. I couldn’t ask for anyone
better in my life.
Alan J. Wojcik: Now that there isn’t a dry eye in the house, Amy talk to me about this guy.
Love: I am so happy that I met him. It’s crazy because when I was training we weren’t doing anything at all.
Santee: Kick on that porno music.
Alan J. Wojcik: Hey she kept quiet when you got all philosophical.
As far as Bruce being my husband, he is such a great man we have so much fun in life. He lives in the gym trying to make his
dream possible while working full time. His life is wrestling, the gym, work and our dog Bella. As far as Bruce the wrestler
he is tremendous. He has the IT factor you hear about. People remember him when we are out at dinner. His ring work has improved
since we met. I know he will be in the fed one day.
For more on each person check out www.myspace.com/amylove27 and www.myspace.com/brucesteele
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