An Interview With WWE Wrestler Matt Striker: “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”

WWE Wrestler Matt Striker (center) with Spirits owners Brad Bohannan (left) and Steve Smith (right).

WWE Wrestler Matt Striker (center) with Spirits owners Brad Bohannan (left) and Steve Smith (right).

Nearly three weeks have elapsed since Wrestlemania 30 and several events have occurred at Spirits on Bourbon since then. But we still have an interview with WWE wrestler Matt Striker for ya’ll to read, because why-in-hell-not?

Spirits hosted the Chair Shot Reality Show on April 5 with Striker as their special guest. One interesting thing about Striker: before becoming a professional wrestler, he was a high school social studies teacher from New York and we think that is pretty cool. We sat down with Striker at the conclusion of the CSR show for a quick Q&A.

Spirits: Why did you decide to get into professional wrestling?
Matt Striker: I was always doing it on the side. Then the opportunity came for something big. It was really just the winds of destiny that took me there. It wasn’t a cognitive decision like ‘I’m going to go do this.’ It was something that I was pursuing and the opportunity came and the break came. I’m a God guy and I trusted that God would lead me in the right place and evidently he has.

What has been the biggest challenge for you along the way?
I am a very shy person by nature. I struggled with the self-promotion. Walk around like you’re a star; people come up and they see you. The way I was able to come to terms with that is instead–and I see a lot of people do this–of looking down, I’ll spend some time and talk to someone because I might get to know you and I might make a friend out of it whether I’m Matt Striker the wrestler or Matt the bus driver. We might end up being cool with each other. That’s how I reconcile my anxieties. That was my biggest fear.

What kind of work goes with self-promotion?
It depends on what you want to put out there about yourself. Now it’s a lot easier with social media. All you gotta do is Tweet your stuff, Facebook your stuff or Instagram your stuff. But then it was just more of walking around with a certain air about you I never felt comfortable walking around with. I was real fortunate. My grandfather was in the music business. A lot of very famous music names during the time of Frank Sinatra or Perry Como would come through my house and I saw how they were and I saw how humble they were and how family was important and being kind and generous was important and I wanted to pattern myself that way. It’s a lot better when someone says ‘Oh, I met Matt Striker, he’s a pretty cool guy’ than ‘Matt Striker, what a dick.’
What has been the biggest reward of your WWE career?
The ability to influence. A parent can tell a kid a hundred times to do well in school and don’t do drugs and he’ll dismiss it. Maybe a celebrity or someone the kid looks up to says ‘hey man try your hardest in school and if you can steer clear of drugs.’ That message might get through. And again, I’m a God guy, so I believe we’re here for a reason. So hopefully that’s my reason. We had two kids today to whom I said do good and school and I saw their mother mouth the words ‘thank you’. To me that’s the most rewarding.

Do you have a family? Any kids?
None that I know of. I’ve got some sisters and a mom and stuff, but I haven’t wanted to make the mistake of getting into a bad marriage because my parents were divorced. I’m just waiting until the right girl comes along and if she is reading this blog she can email me. Send pictures.

So you’re anti-drug?
I’m not anti-drug. I am anti-abuse. I smoked a ton of pot in college, I’ll admit it and I do believe it has its benefits and medicinal properties. I’m not anti-drug; I am anti-addiction and habit. You can be addicted to chocolate and it’s going to suck for your and your diabetes. So I am not anti-drug per se, no.

Is there still a lot of drug abuse in professional wrestling?
No there is not, not since the time I was there. I can honestly tell you with my own two eyes that I never saw anyone do a drug, ever. I can testify to that.

Not even steroids?
No. What they do in the privacy of their own rooms, my eyes never saw anyone take any drug or take any type of things that were illegal. I never saw anything like that. I saw people drink and smoke cigarettes and some things like that. The guys that smoked pot were the ones that went off and smoked pot, but I never actually saw anyone ingest any type of illegal substance, ever. I am 100 percent on that statement.

Do you still teach?
I kept my license and stuff and there’s five universities in a 10 mile radius of my home, so that’s something I might be looking to do. There’s a whole life ahead of me, God willing. For all I know, I could not wake up tomorrow and this could be the last interview I ever gave. I don’t know, if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans. Who are we to make plans? What’s ever going to happen is going to happen.

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Jon Taffer’s Book Signing Last Friday Was A Huge Success

Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer met with fans at Spirits on Bourbon April 18 to sign copies of his new book. All photos by David Minsky.

Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer met with fans at Spirits on Bourbon April 18 to sign copies of his new book. All photos by David Minsky.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, or in other languages, “resurrection day” and you know how much that means to us. One year ago we were dying, almost dead, but our man Jon Taffer brought us back.

On Friday night, Taffer returned to Spirits on Bourbon to sell and copies of his new book, “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions”. As soon as we heard he was coming, we put the word out. Apparently it worked, because the line of people went out the door, across the street and almost wrapped around the corner to Toulouse Street.

See Also: Bar Rescue Executive Producer and Host Jon Taffer Returning to Spirits on Bourbon April 18 for Book Signing

Taffer got here in the early evening and kicked it out back in the courtyard for about an hour before the signing began. Starting at seven o’clock, he gave a small media reception for the handful of reporters that were there.

Bar Rescue Executive Producer Jon Taffer being interviewed by the media at Spirits.

Bar Rescue Executive Producer Jon Taffer being interviewed by the media at Spirits.

Taffer is no spring chicken when it comes to rescuing bars. On our Bar Rescue episode, Taffer said he has opened, conceived, operated or marketed more than 800 bars. Taffer reflects on the progress of Spirits to WGNO since being rescued: “It shows that Brad and Steve could take the work that I did and bring it to the next level.”

The signing began promptly at 7:30. Once the book signing began, it was pretty much pandemonium for the next several hours as the bar was completely packed. People who purchased a book were able to get it signed and have a photo opportunity with Taffer, as well as receive a free People kept coming and the line kept getting bigger over the course of the next few hours.

Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan being interviewed by the media on Friday evening.

Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan being interviewed by WGNO on Friday evening.

Many people came and went and bought copies of his book, which we highly recommend reading by the way. Taffer lays out his philosophy on reaction management and the bar and restaurant industry. A must-read for anybody who has a stake in the business. We’re not sure how many copies he sold, but it was a lot.

The view from the inside.

The view from the inside.

Things started to die down around 10:30 p.m. The remaining stragglers came and went. If you still were not able to get a Taffer book, we still have them on sale at Spirits for $26, although it does not include an autograph.

View from the outside.

View from the outside.

We were just so honored to have Taffer come to our bar and promote his book. It was great having him back. And it was great seeing everybody come out for the event. It’s always a good time.

One lucky fan with his brand new copy of Taffer's book, "Raise the Bar".

One lucky fan with his brand new copy of Taffer’s book, “Raise the Bar”.

“Jon Taffer could have done his book signing anywhere,” said Spirits owner Brad Bohannan, “but he chose New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon. He has become a true ambassador of New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon was proud to be his host. We have an obligation to represent Jon Taffer for all has done for us.”

Copies of Taffer's book sold fast.

Copies of Taffer’s book sold fast.

We managed to sneak in a few questions while he was here and he was more than willing to help us out. Here is a short Q&A session.
Spirits on Bourbon: You talk about the science of reaction management. How much is the scientific method incorporated into your method for success?

Jon Taffer: It’s in everything. I live it. Here it is. Blue. Different than any mug in town. Blinking lights. This wasn’t about a drink, this was about pulling your eye, this was about branding you uniquely different than anyone else. This was about uniqueness. It only wound up a blue cocktail in a skull glass because of those reasons. It didn’t start with a blue cocktail, it started with science. Everything that we did here is about science. If this cocktail was the same as everyone else’s, it wouldn’t be the same.

Was it based on experience or trial and error?

No, it was based on market research. It was based on looking at Bourbon Street and realizing that every cocktail was either read or green. And simply saying, ‘what could we do that when people walk by is uniquely us?’ How do I brand us in the street? How do I brand us two blocks away? And this is how we do it. And when these blinking cups go up and down Bourbon Street, everybody knows where their from, don’t they? That’s science.

What is reaction management?

It’s managing the reactions of others. And the premise is that he or she who creates the best reactions in life wins, end of fucking story. The bar that creates the best reactions wins, the girl who creates the best reactions wins, right? And the manager who creates the best employee reactions. We’re not in the business of selling food. Ryan in the kitchen might think he’s making an entreé, he’s not. He’s making a reaction; he’s achieving it through the entreé. When then entreé doesn’t create the reaction when it hits the table, then it ain’t worth shit. So I suggest that everybody in the business is wrong. We’re not in the food and beverage business, that isn’t our product, that is our vehicle. The product is the reaction.

We even made it on WGNO Saturday morning. Check out the video.

There you have it, folks. We thank everyone for coming out on Friday night, it was a blast. That’s it for now, but be sure to drop by and say hello. Until next time, here is a picture of a pair of hot twins to keep you occupied.

We love twins.

We love twins.

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Author Arita Bohannan Book Signing April 19

Author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be selling and signing copies of her new book, "Docket No. 76" on April 19.

Author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Docket No. 76″ on April 19.

Newly minted book author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be at Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection on April 19 to sign copies of her new book, Docket No. 76.

The book, which is Bohannan’s first, tells the story of New Orleans district attorney Sanda Morgan, who comes face-to-face in the courtroom with her childhood abuser during his prosecution.

See Also: “Bar Rescue” Executive Producer and Host Jon Taffer Returning to Spirits on Bourbon April 18 for Book Signing

Bohannan herself is an attorney living in nearby Kenner, Louisiana. Copies of Bohannan’s book will be on sale as well at Spirits for $15 for paperback and $25 for hardcover. You can also find ebook copies on Amazon.com for $4.99.

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Spirits Owners Help Raise Over $5,000 For Breast Cancer Awareness at Reality Rally

Spirits owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, both far left and right; James Wallington and Arlynn Ilgenfritz from Capture.

Spirits owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, both far left and right; James Wallington and Arlynn Ilgenfritz from Capture.

Reality Rally was a smashing success. Over 100 reality TV stars, including Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan, attended the event in Temecula, California to raise awareness for breast cancer. All proceeds are being donated to Michelle’s Place, a Temecula-based nonprofit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families.

Between Steve and Brad, over $5,000 was raised. It Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson’s goal to reach $25,000, but unfortunately she did not reach the mark this year. We hope to help make it happen next year.

See Also: Spirits Owners to Join Reality Rally Aprill 11 to Help Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

The weekend was particularly interesting for Steve and Brad. After touching down in San Diego, They eventually made our way to Temecula, 2 desert town about an hour to the north. There they got settled into our suites and the next day began their adventure.

The weekend was busy. It started off with the celebrity reception at the Wilson Creek Winery on Friday night. For four hours they mingled with guests and some of your favorite reality TV stars. Nearly 30 reality TV show franchises were represented there.

 

"Mob Wife" Nora Schweihs and Spirits owner Brad Bohannan

“Mob Wife” Nora Schweihs and Spirits owner Brad Bohannan

The next day, however, was anything they ever expected. The day started off with a celebrity autograph meet-and-greet for about an hour and a half. Then things got really interesting. The Reality Rally Race started promptly at 11 a.m. and almost immediately Steve and Brad were racing it up.

Sixty teams out of 120 reality stars were pitted against each other in an Amazing Race-style competition. Things were happening so fast that they barely had time to change into their uniforms. They ran for miles, ran uphill and weaved themselves through obstacle courses. The dry heat does not make it easy! Out of the 60 teams, Team Bar Rescue came in 16th. Not bad!

Brad with wife Arita and Steve with wife Sharon at the Red Carpet Celebration Saturday night.

Brad with wife Arita and Steve with wife Sharon at the Red Carpet Celebration Saturday night.

Besides just getting through the race, Brad was heavily focused on just two goals. “I had two goals, to beat EJ Snyder from Naked and Afraid with my pants on and and not get passed by anyone from The Biggest Loser,” he said.

After the race was finished, everyone gathered again at the Red Carpet Celebration at the South Coast Winery. By the night was finished, everyone was exhausted. The last event was Breakfast with the Stars Celebrity Chefs Showcase. Then beginning on Sunday, Brad and Steve made their way back to New Orleans. And this whole time you probably didn’t know they were out of town for French Quarter Fest.

Team Bar Rescue working hard to bring home the win.

Team Bar Rescue working hard to bring home the win.

The most rewarding part of the whole experience was meeting Gillian and helping to get the word out on breast cancer. If you don’t know, breast cancer is nearly one-fourth of all cancers in women and causes hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year. But with early detection, survival rates are much higher, which is why it’s important to get the word out as much as possible. For more information on breast cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute‘s website.

Team Bar Rescue was honored to have participated in Reality Rally 2014. “When we visited Michelle’s Place and heard the story of Michelle we saw what this weekend was all about,” said Spirits owner Steve Smith.

Michelle’s Place was created in honor of Michelle Watson, a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the very early age of 23 years. Sadly, Michelle died three years later on July 23, 2000. But in spite of her prognosis, she never stopped living. She continued to make friends and inspire people. Her last wish was to create a breast cancer resource center and eventually it was realized.

“I was honored to join Gillian Larson and raise money for Michelle’s Place at Reality Rally,” Bohannan said.

Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson and Brad Bohannan.

Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson and Brad Bohannan.

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Wrestlemania Weekend at Spirits Was A Blast

Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon. Photo by David Minsky

Wrestlemania was awesome and so was everyone who made it out to Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection last weekend.

If you find it hard to recap all of the commotion–between the body-slams on the canvas, the constant chants of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and several mind-bending Resurrection cocktails–don’t worry because we do too. But now we are ready for French Quarter Fest.

We are boiling 15 bags over the course of the entire three-day weekend, three times our normal output.

If last weekend is any indication, then this weekend should be pretty awesome too. Here is a quick run-down of what happened.

Brad Bohannan, Matt Striker and Steve Smith.

Brad Bohannan, Matt Striker and Steve Smith.

We hosted the Chair Shot Reality podcast on Saturday afternoon with special guest and WWE star Matt Striker.

Everyone at Spirits caught the Wrestlemania fever.

Everyone at Spirits caught the Wrestlemania fever.

And the fans absolutely loved it.

The Nasty Boys and Tiffany Vollmer.

The Nasty Boys and Tiffany Vollmer.

The Nasty Boys dropped us a visit on Saturday night for a fan meet-and-greet session.

Steve Smith, Jon Taffer and Brad Bohannan.

Steve Smith, Jon Taffer and Brad Bohannan.

Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer dropped by incognito on Monday night and paid us a visit.

New friends from Denver.

New friends from Denver.

Most importantly, our fans came to visit us during the weekend, and they came in droves. For that, we would like to thank all of you for coming out. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Now it’s time for French Quarter Festival. It’s going to be a great weekend. Let the good times roll.

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Turtle Bay on Decatur Triples Crawfish Boil for French Quarter Festival Weekend

We’re tripling our crawfish boil this weekend at Turtle Bay for French Quarter Festival. Photo credit: Giovanni Handal via Wikimedia Commons.

Crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mudbugs. Whatever you call ‘em, we got ‘em at our sister bar, Turtle Bay on Decatur.

Beginning Friday, and throughout the weekend, we are increasing our crawfish boil to 15 bags (five bags per day) to keep up with this year’s French Quarter Festival, which promises to be the biggest ever.

Normally, we only boil five bags for the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday), but this time we are preparing five bags each day as well as adding an extra day to the boil.

We also have a 25 beers on tap, including lots of regional craft brews from Louisiana and Mississippi.

It’s crawfish season and that means these suckers are going to be big and juicy. The boil starts at around 3 p.m. Friday/Saturday/Sunday and them crawdads tend to go quick so you might want to get here early. And don’t forget to suck the heads.

Crawfish baby! Let the good times roll.

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“Bar Rescue” Executive Producer and Host Jon Taffer Returning to Spirits on Bourbon April 18 for Book Signing

Bar Rescue executive producer and nightlife expert Jon Taffer

Bar Rescue executive producer and nightlife expert Jon Taffer. Photo Courtesy of Taffer Media.

He came when we needed him the most and left us in good spirits a little over a year ago, but now “Bar Rescue” executive producer and our good friend Jon Taffer is returning to Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection on April 18.

This time Jon will meet with fans and sign copies of his new book, “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions” from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

As many fans may recall, we first met up with Jon on the February 10, 2013 episode Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, “Turtle On Its Back“, where Taffer and crew transformed our bar from its former name, Turtle Bay on Bourbon, to the bar’s current name and look.

Jon changed everything for us; from the appearance and dynamics of the bar, to the menu and even devised a new specialty drink: the Resurrection. Most importantly, he changed our perspectives on how to properly run a successful bar on Bourbon Street, and for that we cannot thank him enough.

Jon applies his 30-plus years of experience in the bar industry to his own method for increasing revenues. His method, also known as Reaction Management, is based on customer reactions.

In the book Jon writes: “My overarching philosophy is this: all successful business is about creating the right reactions in customers. The best reactions always make the most money.”

The book is filled with great advice for anybody in the industry who aspires to be successful: from owner, manager and even the employee. You can read about it, and much more, in his new book.

For Co-owner Brad Bohannan, having Taffer back at Spirits is like having an old friend back in town. He believes that Taffer’s presence in New Orleans not only attracted more business to the bar, but has also positively impacted the city’s tourism industry.

“We are honored to welcome Jon Taffer back to New Orleans,” Bohannan says. “He not only enjoys our city but has had a hand in promoting our tourism. This will be a huge event and we encourage everyone to come out and meet Jon and support his book which I believe is an industry necessity.”

The event is open to the public with no requirement to purchase his book. There will also be a reception for media from 7:00-7:30 p.m.

Jon’s new book retails for $26 and we have it on sale at Spirits. It gets better: we will give a free Resurrection cocktail for every book purchase (a $15 value).

Join us for a night with Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer. Get a book, get it signed, meet with Jon, have a Resurrection and maybe even get a shot in Edward’s Barber Chair too. It’s going to be a great time.

For more information on the event, contact Taffer Media Director of Marketing and Communications Jeana Legarda at 702-826-3993, 702-285-1661 or jeana@taffermedia.com.

To get all of the latest news on Jon Taffer, follow him on Twitter @jontaffer.

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Tomorrow: Spirits to Host Wrestling Tag Team Duo “The Nasty Boys” For Fan Meet-and-Greet Session

The Nasty Boys. Photo courtesy of user Endlessdan via Wikimedia Commons.

Brian Knobbs (left) and Jerry Sags (right) of The Nasty Boys. Photo courtesy of user Endlessdan via Wikimedia Commons.

Wrestling fever is in the air with Wrestlemania 30 is coming to New Orleans on Sunday. With that said, WWE tag team duo The Nasty Boys is coming to Spirits on Bourbon to hold a meet and greet for fans tomorrow night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Consisting of members Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, The Nasty Boys hail from Whitehall Township in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania. Unlike many professional wrestling duos, The Nasty Boys were childhood friends who, together, both rose to fame in the professional wrestling circuit.

With their distinctive chain-adorned leather trenchoats, mullet-hawk haircuts and signature wrestling moves–the Pit Stop and Trip to Nastyville–The Nasty Boys have won several championships since 1989, including a tag team championship during Wrestlemania VII in 1991 and three World Championship Wrestling tag team championships from 1993-95.

In his autobiography, professional wrestler Mick Foley described the Nasty Boys as “sloppy as hell, and more than a little dangerous, but they know how to brawl.”

Come meet the real spirit of professional wrestling and join The Nasty Boys at Spirits tomorrow night.

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Spirits Owners to Join Reality Rally April 11 to Help Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

Gillian Larson

Gillian Larson

Reality TV stars will gather in multitude on April 11, including Spirits on Bourbon owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, in Temecula, California for the Reality Rally games to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Bohannan and Smith will join “Survivor: Gabon” star Gillian Larson and 120 reality TV stars from 39 shows to compete in a series of Rally events in Old Town Temecula. Larson founded Reality Rally in 2011.

Reality Rally is a four hour “Amazing Race” style game, where teams dash throughout Old Town Temecula, competing in various challenges and exercises for the sole purpose of bragging rights.

Most importantly, the event raises thousands of dollars and community awareness for Michelle’s Place for Breast Cancer Resource Center. This year’s Reality Rally is in its fourth year and will be held April 11, 12, and 13.

Larson set a fundraising goal of $25,000. If reached, she will shave her head on the steps of City Hall before the start of the Reality Rally game and then walk the red carpet event that evening at South Coast Winery.

Together, Bohannan and Smith have raised over $4,000.

“Like so many women, I feel that my hair is a large part of my identity as it has become my TV Survivor Star identity,” Larson said. “The loss of hair as a side effect of cancer treatment can be so traumatic. In a demonstration of solidarity for the millions of people battling cancer, I will shave my head when we reach $25,000. This will be a life changing moment for me and the funds I raise will be a life prolonging moment for many.”

Anybody can participate in Reality Rally. Teams can consist of three family members, co-workers and/or friends, age 16 and over. Anyone under 18 will require a parent or legal guardian on the same team. Registration is $50.00 per participant and closes on April 5. Complete rally and fundraising information is available at www.realityrally.com.

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Spirits to Host the Chair Shot Reality WrestleMania 30 Talk Show on April 5

Wrestlemania-ccFlickr-Ed-Webster

Photo courtesy of Ed Webster via Flickr/Creative Commons.

As you may or may not know, Wrestlemania 30 is coming to New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection has the privilege of hosting the Chair Shot Reality WWE Wrestlemania Party this Saturday, April 5.

Join CSR hosts Justin LaBar, Josh Isenberg and Brian Gulish as they make their final WrestleMania match predictions. Special guest and WWE star Matt Striker will also be present along with the hosts to do a Q&A session for fans. The party starts at 1 p.m., runs ’til 4 p.m. and it’s free to get in.

Two auctions will be held at Spirits: one to give five fans a chance to join CSR during a private crawfish boil at a private location with their close friends, family and some familiar faces from the wrestling world; and the other auction will give one of those fans a chance to sit with the CSR cast at WrestleMania 30, which will be broadcasted via pay-per-view from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome on Sunday, April 6.

To listen to the show, tune into the website wrestlezone.com/tag/chair-shot-reality.

We hope to see you there!

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