this is part of his interview :
Greetings MMA.tv, My name is James Bruno. I am the referee responsible for the notorious, infamous, and much loved "Chokeslam from Hell". I've read a ton of feedback so I'll try to answer some questions. First I'll give a little background about the event in which it took place at. The name of the event was called Monday Night Raw named after the WWE program of course. At its peak,it took place Monday nights on Ft. Lauderdale Beach from around 1997 through 2004 and was created by promotional genius, Wally Smojver. People would sign up out of the crowd and participate in a boxing or "hardcore match"(mma). The wild thing about it... once your name was on the sign up sheet, you could wind up fighting anyone from the skill level of Pee Wee Herman up to Mike Tyson. I could name over a dozen professional boxers and mma fighters who have fought there before turning pro(two of them being my brothers, Steven and Mike Bruno). The Nogueira's have been in attendance and Matt Hughes and Din Thomas helped me co- referee one night.Pat Milietich and Jeremy Horn were in attendance one night an took a bow in our ring. Although there have been some great fights fought there, most of the participants consisted of thugs, degenerates, punks, bikers, gang members, ex-convicts, and other self proclaimed tough-guys.
Over the course of the beach brawls, I have refereed around 200 fights. I have been punched in the face and below the belt numerous times, I've had a bloody mouthpiece spat in my face, I've been bitten two times, once was from a stripper with braces and I've been chased out of the ring by a homeless prostitute (yes women fought too). All of these are true stories that actually happened, if you don't believe me, I have the tapes.
Getting back to the chokeslam... First I accidentally knock the guy over while seperating the two. I then apologize and pat the guy on the headgear. As I walk away he mushes the back of my head and when I turn around he tells me to go "F" myself. If you look extra closely you can see me knock away his left hand which was on my neck first before I slammed him. Earlier in the fight the guy was acting like a punk, talking smack and disrespecting everybody. He totally deserved it, everyone who was there agreed. Other refs like Bobby Patinelli and Big Joe Gable wouldve done worse.I'd never act that way in a real fight or at a real event. These were two jerks fighting over a $20 bar tab and a free t-shirt for cryin' out loud!!! Anyway, I'm glad 99% of you loved the video and I thank everyone for their support and positive feedback.
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