Wrestling fans that followed the sport closely in the ’70s and ’80s, will definitely remember Cowboy Scott Casey. The man from Bulverde, Texas wrestled all around the globe, but he left quite the impression on fans in Florida, World Class, and the Southwest Championship wrestling territories. His career lasted nearly a quarter of a century and his last big run was with the WWF from 1987 to 1989. Casey stepped into the ring with some of the best in the business, Nick Bockwinkle, Ric Flair, Buddy Colt, Terry Funk, and Sputnik Monroe are just a few from a long list of many. Recently, his book “One Last Ride, the Tale of Cowboy Scott Casey” was released. We had a chance to talk to him about the book and his career.
Q: Why did you want to write the book, “One Last Ride?
A: It’s kind of like that Willie Nelson Song “Remember Me” because people don’t. “Oh Yea, Scott Casey. I think I remember him”. My mother was a librarian and taught me the pleasures of reading and writing. When I was down there in Florida all by myself, I thought it could be a good way for people to learn about me as well.
Q: What was the most challenging thing that you were faced with in doing this project?
A: Trying to remember the names of everyone that I wrestled with in my career. I didn’t really want to leave anyone out. Before I went to the WWF, whenever you beat someone in the ring, you always said thank you. This was my way to send a special “Thanks” to them by including them in my book.
Q: When people read the book, what is it that they will find out about you that they may not already know?
A: When people read the book one thing they’ll find out about me is that I’m trying to be a better man and trying to be nicer to people, all around. Not that I was ever mean to people but on the inside of my heart, I just felt like I could do more. People don’t know this but I’ve helped some people financially over the last few years and it made me feel good to do so. It’s something I’ve never done when I was younger, so I really got a kick out of it, now that I was older.
Q: What made you want to start wrestling professionally?
A: Before I was a teenager, I begged my Dad to take me to the wrestling shows. I was just mesmerized by the ability of these guys and what they could do in the ring. I would see how the people would react and as a kid, it really got my attention.
Q: If you didn’t pursue pro wrestling, what would have you done for a career?
A: If I didn’t pursue wrestling, I would have liked to have been a dentist. I liked the ability to be able to help people with their teeth and make them feel and look better.
Q: You wrestled in several territories, was there a specific promotion that you enjoyed wrestling for and if so, where and why?
A: I enjoyed wrestling most for Joe Blanchard’s Southwest Championship Wrestling in San Antonio. We just had a ball and the people were so much fun. I enjoyed Florida too, but the Southwest territory was the main one that melted my butter. (Haha)
Q: Is there a career highlight that stands out for you?
A: Two career highlights that stood out for me were working on the Survivor Series PPV for the WWF. The other was winning the World Title for the Southwest Promotion in San Antonio. Ours didn’t have the notoriety that the NWA did but at least I could say that I was a World Champion.
Q: Is there a specific wrestler that you liked wrestling against and if so, who and why?
A: Eddy Mansfield. He busted his ass to be the bad guy and I busted my ass to be the good guy. We just clicked in the ring and set some records in the Hemisphere Arena in San Antonio.
Q: What was the best part for you about being a wrestler?
A: Besides the money, when it was good, it had to be the traveling and meeting all of the different people around the World. When we went to Israel, they had seen us on the TV for 2 years so we got a hell of a reaction when we finally got a chance to wrestle in their country. We met the President of the country, all of the celebrities and movie stars. I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until after I left.
Q: With all the changes that have taken place in the sport of professional wrestling, what is something that hasn’t changed?
A: The ability to go out there and make people dance, laugh and cry.
Q: What do you hope the fans remember most about your career?
A: I hope the fans remember that I gave it my all in the ring, each night. I had great teachers and they taught me how to do all of those things, so the least I could do was go out and give it my best. There’s a small window of time when you could really do all of those things, so you better get it done while you can!
Q: Where can people purchase the book?