Wrestling historian/author John Arezzi has unearthed some rare audio of Tammy Sytch calling into his Pro Wrestling Spotlight radio show in late 1991. This would be approximately one year before she got into the wrestling business.
The caller in the audio embedded in the tweet below identifies herself as “Lynn” from Memphis. Tammy’s full name is Tammy Lynn Sytch. She says she was visiting family in New Jersey and she asked Jim Cornette who she should vote for on “Rooke of the Year.”
Sytch said she was torn between voting for Sabu or Chris Candido for “Rookie of the Year” and Tom Prichard or Danny Davis as “Most Underrated” in the fan voting for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Cornette said he’s seen Candido and he thinks he’s “super” but he hasn’t seen Sabu wrestle but Candido is a “heck of a wrestler” and he would vote for him. Cornette said he’d vote for a tie on Prichard and Davis.
Sytch broke into the business a year later in Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling with boyfriend Chris Candido and her first onscreen appearance was in 1993 as Tammy Fytch. She would end up marrying Candido years later. Davis also ended up wrestling for Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1992 and Sytch became the manager of Candido and Prichard when they were the BodyDonnas in 1995.
There are other instances of wrestlers calling into the show, including ECW’s Joel Gertner calling in a few years before he broke into the business and PWInsider’s Mike Johnson calling in before he started attending shows at ECW Arena and many years before he became a top insider source on pro wrestling. The recent uploads on Arezzi’s Patreon page at patreon.com/JohnArezzi cover the WWF steroid trial and interviews with names like Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, the final Buddy Rogers interview before his passing, and Mick Foley practicing his promo skills as he refined his Cactus Jack character for his return to WCW in 1991.
From episode 8 of the Pro Wrestling Spotlight podcast, covering a Dec 1991 show with Jim Cornette. Podcast listener Chris Johansen asked if caller”Lynn” was actually Tammy Sytch. After listening to some of her early promos in SMW, I have to agree! A must listen! pic.twitter.com/xeCm7HywhR
— John Arezzi (@JohnArezzi) December 15, 2021
Here is early audio of Sytch in 1993 in Smoky Mountain Wrestling for a comparison: