Whoopass, Sponge & Tuddle - would you trust them???
By: Russ Rollins
July 29, 2019 - 2:05 PM
WTKS - Real Radio 104.1 Orlando
Watch this clip. What would you do, what would you think?
Several listeners sent me this clip from YouTube. Last Friday, while I was busy on the Monsters doing my thing, Fritz (our producer for that day) answered the phone. It was Bubba "The Love Sponge" with former Monsters Bubba "Whoopass" Wilson and Tuddle. Fritz came over the talk back and said they "wanted to burry the hatchet with Russ and the Monsters."
I told Fritz, "tell them, there is no hatchet to burry. It's 68 and sunny in my world, I wish them all well. If you REALLY want to mend our fences, I would be more than happy to talk after the show, off the air. Not a radio bit, I real conversation."
Fritz got me a phone number to call back. When I got off the air, on my way home, I dialed the number that fritz handed me. I let it ring for 2 or 3 minutes, with no response.
I do know one thing, about this clip. All three are wrong about how I feel about them. I don't hate any of them. My feelings are hurt. I helped Bubba "Whoopass" so many times when he worked on the Monsters. Getting him paid, helping him get gigs, coving for him when he had many health issues. I was shocked to hear the many untrue and negative things Burt had to say about me. It hurt my feelings. It hurt my Moms feeling, and It hurt my fathers feelings the most. We treated Burt Wilson like family. I'm very comfortable knowing I never did anything but help Bubba "Whoopass" Wilson. I still care about him, wish him well and hope he and I can hug it out and mend fences one day when he is REALLY ready to talk. Not for a radio bit.
Tuddle, even after all the really outlandish and unforgivable things Tuddle has said about me, I can't help but worry about him. I think Tuddle can be very funny. We had some of our best Monster shows with Tuddle, believe it or not, I hope Tuddle can pull it together and get a steady radio gig. Once again, I only helped Tuddle while he was on the show. It was not my decision to fire Tuddle, even after Jack Bradshaw told Tuddle to his face "Russ did not fire you", he still wants to believe it was my fault. If Tuddle ever wanted to sit down and talk it out, I'd be cool with that. I actually miss Tuddle and would be very happy to mend that fence.
As for Bubba "The Love Sponge", I don't know what to say. I don't guess he and I were really friends, though I thought we were. I had helped Sponge by including him in our syndication deals in the early 2000's. I also had given Jay Clark Bubba's name when they would asking us to do middays in New York on Sirius XM after Howard Stern. The Monsters at that time all had younger children and would not even think about moving to New York. I gave them Bubba's name and he got the gig.
I met with Bubba a hand full of times and I thought we had a cool bond. We even worked on doing a "RRR vs. Bubba" wrestling gimmick for the last arena bowl which was in Orlando. It did not work out, but Bubba was very cool about us working a cool gimmick with each other to promote both shows. The next thing I know, he hooked up with my ex wife and was saying horrible things about me on his show. I guess we were not friends like I thought. I still, don't hate Bubba. It hurt my feelings. I was surprised. I'm disappointed. I wish Bubba 'The Love Sponge" well but, I'm going to keep busy being good at what I do.
Sadly, I'm use to this pattern. There are people who have only been my friend, to get what they want from me. Air time, a job, gigs, loan them money, give them furniture and over all help them. When that stops, in most cases, we find out who is REAL and who just needed something. REAL friends you can count on one hand. Bo "The Bigman" Rhodes, Savanah, Scott York, Marc Mero, Carlos and my beautiful wife Maryellen are just some of the people I can count on "4 life".
All 3 guys, call me after the show. Not on the air. I will talk with, mend fences with and give a big hug to..... any one of the 3 of you. Just not for a radio bit.
(68* and sunny in my world!!)