D’Lo Brown appeared on “The Jim Cornette Experience” podcast recently. During the podcast, he and Cornette recalled Brown’s early days wrestling for Cornette in Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Cornette couldn’t afford to pay D’Lo enough to just wrestle, so Brown would travel with the ring crew and set up. During that time, he encountered a racist that worked alongside him. D’Lo recalled how a match with The Undertaker helped him stand up to said racist:
D’Lo On His Encounter With A Racist:
I was happy to be ring crew. I set more rings up in my life than people will ever know and there was a fine gentleman in Knoxville, Tennessee by the name of “By God” Harold Barner and Harold Barner had the horse trailer and he’d ask people to wing it and he had the big dually and I would drive that thing around. Everything was good except for “By God” Harold Barner was a full blown racist and at every count, he would let me know how insignificant I was. He called me every name on the planet and I put up with it because 1. I’m in Smoky Mountain getting experience, 2. This is how I’m making my money, and 3. I can’t let Jim Cornette down because I don’t want to lose my job. My thought was I’m out here on ring crew and he can’t afford to pay me.
People, for perspective, this is when cell phones – when you had them – were still like a dollar a minute, so you really didn’t use your cell phone that much. We just did a show in Johnson City, Tennessee and Harold could not drive at night because he was damn near blind. Now, for all purposes I lived twenty minutes from Johnson City, Tennessee; but, I had to drive from Johnson City to Knoxville to drop Harold off, which is about 100 miles and then turn around and drive the 100 miles back. That was my normal thing. So, on the drive down…we’re about 10 miles outside of Johnson City and he just goes into this promo of promos how I’m this black son of a bit*h. I’m sitting there and I’m just taking it. I’m doing my 80 mph. I’m just taking it. I’m taking it and pardon my French, I just said, ‘Fu*k it.’ I pulled the damn truck over. I cursed the son of a bi*h out. I opened the door and I just started walking.
I’m a black man in the middle of Tennessee walking down the highway at midnight. Nothing about this is good.
Brown On How A Match With The Undertaker Spurred Him To Stand up To The Racist:
After I wrestled a match with The Undertaker, Taker pulled me aside and said ‘keep going kid, you’ve got potential here’. To have ‘Taker tell you that after working with him, you’re like, ‘Wow, really? I can do this?’ And he’s giving me the rub and literally an hour later I’m being called every ‘n’ word on the planet and I was just like, ‘These two things don’t work well together. Their not synonymous. That’s where I had my full of it. I was done.
Brown Also Discussed His Time With The Nation Of Domination:
I did not think The Nation was edgy. It’s a hard barometer because I knew the stuff we were doing down in Tennessee with The Gangsters. What we were doing on the national level was nothing compared to what we had done in Tennessee. I didn’t find it edgy or offensive. You were just out there getting heat and genuine heat where people wanted to fight you, not heat where I call you a fat boy or ugly, but like real heat, so it didn’t bother me. I know it didn’t bother Ron [Simmons] one bit.
You can check out D’Lo Brown’s full appearance on The Jim Cornette Experience podcast below:
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