Del ‘The Patriot’ Wilkes Interview | ‘Pro Wrestling Stories Presents’ Podcast

In the inaugural episode of Pro Wrestling Stories Presents, we interview Del “The Patriot” Wilkes and he holds nothing back!

He played football as a linebacker for South Carolina and had a short stint in the NFL before turning to wrestling. Del talks training with The Fabulous Moolah, wrestling for Mid-South Wrestling, AWA, GWF, All Japan, WCW and WWF while feuding with and alongside Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, Kenta Kobashi, ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams, Stan Hansen, Vader, Bret Hart & The Hart Foundation and more. Del shares a funny story about Scott Steiner, what the dynamics were like in both the WCW and WWF locker rooms, the pride of fighting for Baba at All Japan, the Japanese audience, his 120+ pills-a-day addiction, his view of the current product, advice to wrestlers coming up in the business today and much more.

He’s since found redemption, cleaned himself up and found God. He’s got a DVD coming out in two months and a story to tell. Tune in to hear what he has to say!

To find out more about the ‘Del “The Patriot” Wilkes: The Man Behind The Mask’ documentary and for information on how to get involved by donating to his kickstarter campaign, click here:

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JP Zarka founded Pro Wrestling Stories in 2015 and is the creative force behind the website as editor-in-chief. From 2018-19, he was the podcast host and producer for The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo, brother of WWE legend Macho Man Randy Savage. His diverse career includes work as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, and musician, notably as a singer-songwriter with the London-based band Sterling Avenue. Zarka has appeared on TV programs like “Autopsy: The Last Hours of” on Reelz (U.S.) and Channel 5 (U.K.) and has contributed research for programming on ITV and BBC.