Ken Resnick is a veteran broadcaster. He is remembered for his roles as an interviewer with the American Wrestling Association (AWA), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the 1980s. Resnick continued into the ‘90s, lending his credibility to help launch smaller promotions which included the Ladies Professional Wrestling Alliance, the American Wrestling Federation, and Traditional Championship Wrestling. Resnick became inactive years later due to a medical issue. However, the man that Hulk Hogan nicknamed, “Killer Ken”, returned to national television in August 2018 to take up the interviewing position for the Ring Warriors promotion.
As an announcer for three decades, Resnick has experienced some significant developments in the art of interviewing, as a result of the changes that occurred in television wrestling in the ‘80s. He discussed some of those events, one of those being the appearance of the American national cable system which gradually overtook locally syndicated television.
“The biggest change is that all of the interviews back in the day, when I was with the WWF, were aimed at different specific markets since most of their shows were broadcast on syndication,” Resnick told Ite Lemalu Writings. “With the WWF and other promotions now on national cable, there’s more emphasis on catering to the national audience than to the local audiences”.
The accomplished commentator explained the benefits of interviewing under the national format as opposed to the previous strategy, which he thought was time-consuming for his role.
“We had days when we would tape anywhere from 50 to 100 promos, doing them for every house show (live event) in every market,” said Resnick. “That’s no longer the case since the monthly pay-per-views and TV shows have overtaken the house show as the dominant source of revenue”.
Resnick also recognised the addition of written lines, implemented into WWE programming that the wrestlers must learn by memory. He described that this prevents the talent from giving an authentic performance.
“Certainly with WWE today, they are so scripted that often times it seems wrestlers are trying so hard to remember what they’ve been told to say that they don’t show the kind of passion or enthusiasm as they did back when,” he expressed with concern. “Back then while we knew the ongoing storylines, we just did them and whatever we did just happen.”
In regards to his role with Ring Warriors, Resnick takes the old school approach when conducting interviews.
“The Ring Warriors interviews are not scripted,” he revealed. “I get some bullet points on the storylines that have happened or are coming up, but they pretty much leave them up to me.”
Before interviewing the wrestlers, Resnick uses the opportunity to get familiar with the talent while also utilising his skills to help guide certain wrestlers who are still adjusting to verbally promoting themselves and their matches.
“I’ll usually talk some ideas over with the wrestlers before taping, but that’s as much about me not having worked with them prior as much as anything else,” he shared. “Just seeing how they like to do their promos or in some cases, the younger guys haven’t really done many.”
Ring Warriors airs on the WGN America network, Saturdays at 8 am ET/PT.