Thomas Simpson formed the OMEGA wrestling promotion with Matt and Jeff Hardy. He has been a leader in cruiserweight wrestling in North America and does everything he can to aid the young guys, who really want to make something of themselves, in making their dreams of getting to the big time possible. And he sometimes sports entertains.
Anything special planned for OMEGA’s ten year anniversary?
Of course, there is the DVD OMEGA: Uncommon Passion. There is more, and everyone will find out when all is 100% confirmed.
Are you hinting at a potential massive OMEGA reunion show that just may rock the foundation of wrestling in the Carolinas?
We’ve talked about it.
What was OMEGA’s crowning moment?
From a show standpoint, it had to be the Hardyz v. Serial Thrillaz (Shane Helms & Mike Maverick) match on January 29, 1999. Many people have called it the best indy match of that decade. It was the last show where we were all together. From a personal standpoint, it was so many of the guys getting contracts: Hardyz and Joey Abs (Jason “Venom” Ahrndt) with WWF; Shannon Moore, Shane Helms, Joey Matthews, Christian York and Jamie Tucker with WCW (and Matthews and York later with ECW and WWF); Steve Corino, C.W. Anderson, Mike Maverick, Otto Schwanz and ChamPain with ECW (the last three as The Dupps). One of our valets has even gone onto a successful career as Lexie Fyfe. That is amazing considering we were just some guys wanting to run some good shows.
Explain what goes on at the Hardy Big Ass Christmas Bash. On a similar note what happens when Thomas Simpson gets drunk?
I have a few drinks. I make Matt his favorite freshwater eel sushi. I get drunk and start cleaning stuff up. Sometimes, T-DAWG HG comes out and I start HG’ing. Anything can happen. You should ask The Macks more about that because I remember very little from the 2006 party. Alas, my doctor has told me to stop drinking due to my Type-II diabetes, so T-DAWG HG is dead.
When booking talent what do you look for?
I’m going to proceed on the assumption that I am booking for the maximum impact, as if I were booking a show that had OMEGA on the marquee. I look for guys who have a strong knowledge of wrestling psychology and fundamentals of technique, know how to tell a story, know how to sell, don’t have a big ego, know how to work the crowd, have a good look (and just because you don’t weight 200 lbs. doesn’t mean you don’t have a good look) and have fairly professional gear in the ring (no Under Armor shirts or underwear sticking out of your pants). By the way I hate Goth gimmicks and people who want to be 2001 Hardyz clones OR who don’t understand what is meant by psychology or selling.
What makes a solid wrestling match?
Telling a good enough story that you are able to engage the crowd from about 2 minutes in until the finish without losing them.