In this episode, Hollywood Yates joins Mark Yuzuik and Yolanda Martinez as they talk about connecting all the boundaries of today’s America and representing hard-working Americans. Hollywood shares his fun and amazing journey through the years, from rodeo clown bullfighter to actor and musician. Get a glimpse of what being a rodeo clown entails as they talk about Hollywood’s road to stardom and his dream to get back to the National Finals Rodeo. They also talk about the difficulties encountered during the COVID crisis and his time on American Gladiators. Tune in and have fun relating to one of America’s hard workers.
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Representing The Hard Working American Men And Women With Hollywood Yates
We have one of the most feared men in the world. He is afraid of nothing and no one has ever conquered this man nor they want to go up against him. He travels the world and he has a world-famous rodeo clown. He’s a bullfighter.
Let’s bring him on. We’ll have stories because we’re going to talk about how we met him.
Hollywood Yates is here. Hollywood, what’s happening? It’s good to see you. We haven’t seen in a few years.
You called me a couple of years ago and I wasn’t available to come to help you out because I was overseas when you called.
You travel all over the place.
I’m fortunate that I get to do it. We do what we do and we’re fortunate to get to travel, see the world, and meet a lot of cool people.
I remember when I first hired you, you used to do our security for us. It was you, Steve, and you get one other person. Out of 1,000 to 1,500 people there, nobody ever got out of line.
I’m an intimidating guy but Steve is even a little bit bigger than me.
He looked exactly like Steven Seagal.
I forgot that guy’s name.
He had a ponytail. I don’t remember his name either.
We had Dave one time. He wasn’t big but he was one of these 5th or 6th-degree black belts and he was calm as a cucumber. He’s like, “No problem.” Those are the scary ones.
That’s the thing. You see all these memes about, “Be a lion, not a sheep. Be an alpha.” I was talking to somebody one time and I’m like, “There are not that many true alphas in the world. Everybody wants to think they are alpha, but when a true alpha walks in a room, everybody knows it. There’s not many of them left.”
You’ve been in the ring dealing with some bulls.
I’ve been a rodeo clown and bullfighter for years. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a lot of injuries, but God has blessed me with a lot of pain tolerance so I’ve been able to work through the injuries and keep going.Be prepared when opportunity knocks. Click To Tweet
When you’re fighting bulls, the cowboy is not the one that’s supposed to get hurt, it’s you. You risk yourself despite the cowboy thing. I remember one time I was in Phoenix, Arizona. I was going to go up to Estrella and I wanted to ride bulls up there. This is when I was way out in the middle of nowhere.
In 1985, I was in high school and that’s where I first started fighting bulls within Estrella Park.
That’s close to the time I was thinking about it. I went there and I remember they said, “You got to draw a bull.” I’m like, “What’s draw a bull?” They’re like, “Draw a bull out.” I was like, “Let me watch this one kid first.” He got on this bull, his mother was there and he got hung up. It’s not a good scene. The cowboy wasn’t worried. The bull was trying to run from the mother. I bet she’s been jumping out of the ring and whip that bulls’ ass. I thought, “No, I’m going to wait a little bit. Can we start with a sheep? Let’s get one that says broke back.”
What were you going to do?
I was going to ride a bull.
When you’re 21 years old, why not do it? At 21, I got everything to prove and that’s the time when I thought, “This is cool.” All my friends were cowboys. I owned horses at that time. I used to ride horses everywhere back on Bell Rd. and 59th Avenue. It was in the middle of nothing. We’d ride the 6th and 7th Avenue Greenway into the bar with our horses. We get a drink, ride up and head home.
Where I live is where we used to come out into the desert and shoot our shotguns in four-wheel. Where I am sitting, it used to be a desert. This is where we used to mess up everything.
They ruined it all but built it up. Now it’s the inner city. They’re in a quail around unless it’s on a restaurant as an emblem. That’s about it. We’ve been in Phoenix a long time and I still remember that. I still remember going way out to Estrella. Jackrabbit Trail was far out there. Now it’s in town. Buckeye is in California and now it’s Phoenix. You started in Estrella.
That’s where I started fighting bulls. I had friends that we were all in high school together. They knew that I worked with horses so they were like, “Do you want to come out and be a bull rider?” I was like, “I’m not into riding bulls, but being a rodeo clown might be cool.” I went out and started doing it there. I wasn’t good at it. I was athletic. I would run through fast and I would get to the right spot in order to save the cowboy, but I moved quickly and I was skinny that the bulls didn’t even see me. For a long time, guys didn’t even like me showing up to fight bulls because they were like, “You don’t do the job.” It took me a bit to figure out to slow down. Once I started reading bulls and no one had to move around them, I didn’t have to rely on my speed as much. I just had to rely on knowing how the bulls move and then using my athleticism to move around them. Once I figured that out, that’s when my career took off. At my rookie year, I was at the National Finals Rodeo.
You might have been the one I saw there because the guy I saw was tall and skinny and he was fast. You could have been the guy I watched in Estrella in the ‘80s.
I was the only guy fighting bulls out there.
Hollywood, I’d be willing to bet that you were the guy that I saw when I went out there.
They quit doing stuff there in about ‘95 or ‘96. I was there for ten years or so.
I saw you before. I knew you. This is freaky.
It’s cool how the world works like that.
You can save my life back if I pulled the right bull and got enough courage to get up there. He could be the one that got me on hung.
You’re not a bull rider.
You can barely ride a horse.
I can ride a horse. I’ve got a lot of horses.
I don’t think bull riding is something you wake up one day and say, “I think I’m going to go ride a bull.”
When you’re in an all cowboys and they’re out there pulling, it’s up to peer pressure like, “I can do that.” I had a couple of bigger guys and they couldn’t ride. The bigger, the easier they fell. These smaller guys were whipped all around. I was a little guy at 135 at the time. You got to be about 160.
It’s great for a bull rider.
I’m 179 so I’m not riding bulls. That’s for sure. You’ve been blown up on TikTok, haven’t you?
I’ve been fortunate. It was funny because, in 2019, I had some people going, “You need to get on TikTok and this and that.” I was like, “I don’t want to do another social media. I already have my personal Facebook page. I have my business Facebook page. I’ve got Instagram and Twitter, and I don’t even use Twitter a whole lot.” I don’t want another one, so I didn’t do it. I picked up a new management company to help me out with some of my music and stuff. We sat down and brainstormed for a few weeks about what I want. Besides my music, I wanted to make it back to the National Finals Rodeo as a rodeo clown, bullfighter and barrelman. I’ve been to the finals in the Wrangler Bullfights as a bullfighter and I’ve been to the National Finals in the Wrangler Bullfights as a barrelman. It’s in two different positions. If I get to go back and work the bull riding, that puts me in three different positions at the National Finals and there’s only been one other rodeo clown to ever do that. That will step me up in that elite status.
We started talking about everything and he goes, “You need to get on TikTok.” He goes, “You’re built for the camera. You’re funny. You sing and dance.” I started watching TikTok for about two weeks and seeing what people did. I started doing a lot of these voiceover deals and I do most of it in makeup. It’s taken off. I’ve got one deal where I play a little girl that came out of the bathroom doing lipstick. I’ve got 2.5 million views on that one. The one that I did, I have over one million views on that. Altogether, I’ve got around five million views on all my videos. It’s turning into a cool deal. I’ve got about 65,000 followers in a month. I’m going to keep trying to build that and I’m trying to figure out how to monetize all that. It helps if a rodeo, a bar or a venue hires me to come to their event. I can promote it to my 65,000 followers. Hopefully, I get to one million followers. That way, it not only helps me but it helps the people that I’m doing business with.
There’s an Afro-American rodeo clown. Do you know who I’m talking about?
He’s Leon Coffee. He is the only other clown that has been to the National Finals Rodeo in four positions because he’s worked the Finals as a bullfighter and as a barrelman. He was in the Wrangler Bullfights as a bullfighter and as a barrelman. He’s been there in four different positions. I’ve been there too. There have been two other guys that have been there too. If I can get one more, then that makes me only second behind him.
He’s been around a while too.People are always looking for the secret to life. There is no secret to life. Click To Tweet
I remember when I was a kid going to the rodeos and watching Leon. When I got in and started making a name for myself, I worked with Leon for years in a lot of the Cervi rodeos and the bigger rodeos. I’ve been around a long time and he’s been around.
How does COVID affect you then? I know it’s affected us in different ways.
It did affect a lot of rodeos. They canceled a lot of rodeos. All the bars are closed so I got a lot of band gigs canceled. I was supposed to be in Europe doing an AFE tour, which is Armed Forces Entertainment. It was going to be me and two other people. We were supposed to be in Europe doing some stuff with the troops and that got pushed to 2021. I’ve had several rodeos that have canceled. I had a rodeo that I was supposed to be playing with my band over Labor Day and they canceled their rodeo. It shut down the entertainment industry. I am fortunate that South Dakota has not shut down. The bike rally is still on. My band and I are heading to Sturgis, South Dakota for a week or two to play at the bike rally. It will be at The Knuckle Saloon. We’re going to be there playing on. We’ll have a great time. We will entertain the crowd for 3 to 4 hours each day.
What’s the name of your band?
It’s Hollywood Yates or Hollywood and the Hitmen. It’s a couple of artists. I named the band the Hitmen because they’re all hired guns. It’s rare that I have the same band with me night-to-night because if you don’t have a tour set, then these musicians are looking for other work as well to keep up. They might get picked up for a month with this person or that person. I do a three-piece band plus me. There are only three people that I hire per show and I used probably 60 different band members in 2019, which is tough. I use three people most of the time, which is good because they can know your groove and feel, and know your show.
It’s like you and Yolanda doing your show. She knows where you’re going with that when you say a certain word. She knows to get this proper. It’s like you had your routine. It’s the same thing. When I have different players that have never played with me before, they don’t know when I’m building up the story when I say this word to start into the song. I ended up saying this word and then I look back and I’m like, “Why are you not starting?” It gets aggravating sometimes.
What are some of your goals for 2021, since 2020 is a totally different deal?
My goal for the rest of 2020 is to get all the rodeos some information about me and build my name back up. I’ll try to get booked for 2021 to a lot of the good rodeos so that the people that vote for the barrelman to be at the National Finals will get to see me. My goal is to get back to the National Finals in 2021 and win Man in the Can, Clown of the Year, and be the barrelman for the rodeo. If I can do that and get back there in a third different position, that should solidify me at that top level. Now I should be looking at the Hall of Fame at some point. In anything, the goal of any musician is to get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Country Music Hall of Fame. If you’re a football player, the NFL Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame means you are etched forever as one of the best.
They haven’t canceled the 2020 Finals yet.
They haven’t canceled it yet because they are still doing rodeos. They’re still out there competing. It’s just not as many but they’ll still have a National Finals and I don’t know what it’s going to look like.
Are you at the South Point or are you at the college?
They have the rodeo still at the Thomas & Mack Arena. That’s where the Final is held, but a lot of the events beforehand, we go up for the convention to try to book rodeos for 2021. That’s all at the South Point. All of our meetings with the business side of the rodeo business are all done at the South Point. The Gold Buckle Presentations every night after the rodeo is at the South Point as well.
We’re less than 1.5 miles in the South Point. We got two acres here so we’re getting ready to maybe do some stalls for the ropers when they come here. They’re like, “How close are you to South Point?” I go, “We look out through our window.” “That’s close.” I hope you get it. If you’re going to be here in December, that’s going to be awesome.
As long as they have the National Finals and all the business, I’ll be there.
How did you get on American Gladiators? How did you get selected to be on the show?
I always tell people the old saying, “Be prepared when opportunity knocks.” Everything I had done up to that point built me for that show, being a rodeo clown and bullfighter, and being able to entertain while being an athlete. At 30 years old, I became a professional wrestler and was doing professional wrestling. I learned character development through WWE and through wrestling. I knew how to take a character and build that into something, and then be able to entertain with that character while I was being athletic. I was negotiating my contract with WWE. They were flying me back and forth to Louisville, Kentucky. We were working on the character and working on everything that we were going to do when I signed and got into WWE.
I had gotten a call from a friend asking me to come help tan all the competitors for the Mr. and Mrs. Olympia bodybuilding show. My wife was a figure competitor, so I had a tanning machine and knew how to tan people. I went out and I was helping tan everybody for the show. I was on a break and my wife and I was walking through The Fit Expo. The casting directors for NBC saw us and they were like, “Did you ever watch American Gladiators?” We were like, “Yes, I love that show.” They were like, “We’re bringing it back. We think you’d make a great Gladiator.” My wife’s like, “I’m out.” They wanted my wife to be a Gladiator too, but she didn’t want to be on TV so she walked away.
I talked to them and I thank them for the opportunity, but I’m signing a contract with WWE. They kept after me for about four days and I finally contacted WWE about it. They were like, “We’re not sure what we’re going to do with you so good luck with that.” I went with the American Gladiators and it worked out well for me. That’s how I got it. Even once I got out to LA and we were training and doing everything to become who we were, the day before the show started filming, I was the only one without a contract.
They’re like, “They’re getting down between you and this guy.” This kid is 6’8” and 300 pounds. He’s like, “I’ve got a contract. You have to use me.” I’m like, “You tell them what they have to do.” They were making us wait and I finally got mad. I said, “If you want to make this easy, I’ll make it easy for you. Go get him, bring him over here, and put him in a ring. The guy that gets up, gets the job because I’ll break his neck.” The executive producer laughed and I looked at him. I went, “Don’t laugh at me or I’ll break yours too,” and he walked away. Finally, about fifteen minutes later, the director walked over and he goes, “You got the job. They like you.” That’s how I got the job.
When I was younger, I was working to get on but I hired a personal trainer. This is what I was realizing.
Were you bigger?
No, I was not bigger. I never came into the equation. I thought, “I’m getting on that show.” My diet was this. I had it nailed down and I thought, “I’d get through that son of a bitch. He’s not going to stop me.” I’m fast and I know it. I don’t think I could admit now, but I don’t think I could have taken you.
At my fastest, I ran a 435/40. It was funny because when I auditioned for the show originally, I had been out with Criss Angel all night and I left the bar at about 6:30 in the morning. When I showed up at the tryouts, I was drunk. I ran a 40 for them and when I got done, the kid was amazed. He’s like, “Holy crap. You’re the fastest guy I’ve ever seen, especially for your size.” I was like, “I would think how fast I would have been if I wouldn’t have drunk.” I probably shaved off about 0.2 seconds off of that time.
You did the rings there, right?
I was athletic enough that I did everything. Most people remember me for the rings and the pyramid, but I was good at everything that they had so they always had me there. Even on my days off, they had me come in, in case somebody else got injured because they knew that I could do any of the apparatuses they had. I’m most known for the rings and the pyramid.
I thought it’d be nicer to push the pyramid off. You’d throw them off like you owned it.
In the very first episode, there was a guy on that. He was probably one of the biggest jerks I have ever met in my life and I had had enough of him. He was the first person that I faced in filming and it was in a gauntlet. I started beating him up before the cameras even started rolling because he was such an idiot. When we got to the pyramid, we were clear up at almost the top and he had grabbed my feet to try to pull me off. When he did, there’s a movement in professional wrestling called a sunset flip where you dive over their back, grab them by the waist, and then you roll them up and you pin them.
It’s been renamed the Canadian Destroyer if you do it off the top rope and you dive over them and pull on the top rope down. I saw the perfect opportunity to do that from the top of the pyramid. I dove over him, grabbed his weight, and threw him from the top all the way down to the bottom. He got up and he never came back up past the first step. He just kept running back and forth on the first step posing. I laughed at him like, “You’re scared.” At the end of the deal, he even looked at Hulk and he goes, “Did you see me throw the Wolf off the pyramid?” Hulk knew exactly what he did and he goes, “No, brother. What I saw was a sunset flip.” I was like, “Thank you, Hulk, for backing me up.”
I always love that show. Is it the Gladiators that has a new one?
It’s the Ultimate Tag. They have the Titan name. It’s a good test of your strength and athletic ability. I do like that show. You have the American Ninja Warrior and then they have this Ultimate Tag. They’re athletes. They’re great parkour guys and gals that can flip, twist, run and everything. There’s one guy on there that goes by Horse, but he’s trying to be my character of Wolf. He’s angry all the time and he’s flipping his hair. I was like, “You’re playing tag. You’re not playing parkour. You hurt people.” I was trying to hurt people and I was trying to break ribs and legs. Gladiators is a contact sport so I was trying to hurt people. This guy’s trying to be me on a show where you’re just pulling a flag off of them. It’s a game for ten-year-olds. It’s called tag.God gave us this earth to enjoy it. Click To Tweet
Are you going to get on one of those shows like The Titans?
They asked me to come to the American Ninja Warrior. They wanted me to fly down to Florida and do it. People have asked me if I’m going to do The Titan Games and all that and I’m like, “No, because I can only lose.” I’m Wolf and I’m an American Gladiator. I’m one of the baddest, meanest and most vicious competitors that there’s ever been on a television show. If I go over to American Ninja Warrior and I slip on the first deal and fall in the water, I’ve just lost. American Ninja Warrior is like gambling. It’s like Vegas. They didn’t build Vegas on winners. They built Vegas on losers. In American Ninja Warrior, how many people have made it to the final thing and won? If I don’t, I’m just one of all these other people that tried. If I go on The Titan Games and I get beat by some amateur athlete, now I got beaten by an amateur athlete. I will never go on one of those deals because I’m still Wolf and you can’t beat me.
You’re going to own it.
On TV, you’re this bad person. In life, you’re the nicest, easiest-going, calmest person, no violence whatsoever unless you need to.
I was raised that way. My grandfather was a bad man. My grandfather was a prizefighter and he was fast. When it came to fighting, he was vicious but he was a good man. He was calm because you have to do business with people. People are always looking for the secret to life. There is no secret to life. God gave us this Earth to enjoy. He built the Garden of Eden and you’re supposed to enjoy it. Some stuff got messed up so it’s not this perfect Garden of Eden anymore, but it’s still a beautiful, great planet. It’s still full of beautiful, great people. All we’re supposed to do is enjoy it and help others enjoy it. I try to be as positive, nice and wonderful as I can be to everybody so that they can enjoy the same kind of life that I’m enjoying. I don’t have room in my life for negativity and for people being miserable. If you’re miserable with your life, then make a change. Do something so that it won’t be miserable. We all go through tough times. I’ve been gored by a bull and I’ve had over 130 broken bones.
I’ve been broke after the TV show. I had given all my money away. Around 2008, everybody else is going broke. We spent a little because we’re making money and for four years before that, we’ve had it rough with medical bills and stuff like that. It was like, “We’re going to live now.” All of a sudden, we’re having issues and problems because of the crashing economy. I’m shelling out money here and there and we were trying to help take care of people because that’s what you do. All of a sudden, we’re broke and I don’t have a TV show anymore because we got canceled. It’s like, “Now what?” We struggled for years and that’s why we moved back out to California. My wife got a good job offer and it put me closer to LA to do auditions. I was fortunate to get a part on a Spanish show and did about sixteen episodes on that. It helped us get our life back in order. We rented our house out, which kept the mortgage paid while we were living out there.
We struggled as everybody else does, but we found a way back. I try to tell people, “If you have a positive outlook and look for things that will help you to get back to where you want to be or get to somewhere you haven’t been yet, find the people that can help you do that.” Find motivation. Don’t sit there and wallow in it. Why do you think suicide rates are high? If you get it in your own head, you will spin yourself into oblivion. If you get yourself through the community and start helping other people, it will help you to feel better and you’ll do better. All of a sudden, everybody’s doing better again. I don’t see the point of being negative about anything. If you mess with me or my family, I’ll come after you and I won’t lose. My wife used to tell me, “You have a dark side that you tend to embrace.” I’m like, “I don’t embrace it a lot, but when I need to, I’m proud that I have that darkness in me.” I try to keep that darkness buried as far down as I can and let the light shine.
Sometimes, you need to tap into it once in a while to pull it out to take care of some stuff. You go back and brighten it up.
We all have that. It’s just that for some people, it takes longer for it to come out because they tolerate it so much. When it comes out, it’s like, “I don’t know that person,” but we can put it away.
Growing up I was a little kid. I was skinny and I was short. I had that short man syndrome where there would be a guy squinting across the street because of the sunlight. I thought he was looking at me so I’d run over and hit him. Once I got into martial arts, I learned to control my mind and find that inner peace. That darkness is far down deep inside of me. I’ve had guys come up at a bar and just hit me. I’m like, “This is your choice that you made today? Now you have a choice make. You can leave or you can go buy me a beer and apologize because anything other than that is not going to be good for you.” They usually leave. It takes me a long time to break but when I break, it’s not good. Fortunately, I can see that in you.
People have seen it and they’re like, “We’ve never seen that part of you.” I’m like, “You don’t see it too often because it takes a lot for me to get to that point.”
You studied a lot of martial arts. It’s not only being big, fast, athletic and a boxer.
My grandfather was a boxer and a prizefighter so he taught me how to box. I got into martial arts. Here in Arizona, I trained with Grandmaster Sun Duk Choi. I never finished it. I didn’t get my black belt or anything. I was two belts away from a black belt. Years later, I’m on an AFE tour with a couple of the other Gladiators and Billy Blanks. Billy and I were talking. I was like, “Your tapes were what got my wife and I back into shape. We started doing the Tae Bo boxing tape.” We got to talk in and he goes, “Did you ever do martial arts?” I said, “Yes, I was in taekwondo and I trained under Grandmaster Sun Duk Choi.” He was like, “I trained under Grandmaster Sun Duk.” I was like, “Really?”
It was cool. We had both trained under the same master at different times. The grandmaster’s daughter, we connected on Facebook and it seemed that he had passed away, so I did a little tribute to him. She reached out and we have talked back and forth on Facebook. At some point, I’m going to go meet her because her father did a lot for me in learning to control the inner demons and become a better person because of him. I would like to meet her because he was an amazing man.
I hope we get to see you here in Vegas. If you get here, let us know. Somebody asked me, “What’s your schedule like?” I go, “Open.”
I will be there in December for the National Finals and then I might even come up early because I’m trying to get some help through Criss Angel and Carrot Top. I’m trying to build a Vegas-style show for myself. I sent some stuff to them and I’m hoping that they can help me piece things together. If I come up, I’ll holler at you.
A lot of people don’t know that Criss Angel is a big contributor to the Cure 4 The Kids cancer here in Las Vegas, as well as Gwen Stefani. He donates a lot of money. He’s a generous man and he doesn’t do it for publicity.
I know his son is fighting leukemia. As a matter of fact, I saw Criss the week before everything got shut down by the COVID deal. He was performing here and I went and hung out with them. The rest of their tour got canceled after that night. He’s been spending his time with his kid and doing a lot of stuff out there for the cancer treatments.
Our friend, John, his wife is there and they started that. That’s one of the ones we donate to. When we do events, we donate to that. Gwen Stefani as well has her own room. We went and saw the Gwen Stefani room. It’s amazing how the locals came together for these communities, charities and kids. They don’t realize it. It’s cool. You find out about the true people of who they are behind the scenes and then when you find that, they don’t want people to know. They just do things because they can. They want to win and they want to give back. Now’s the time to get out there with an attitude and shine the best light you can, and that’s what he does. I’m impressed by that. We’re looking forward to seeing you when you come out.
How can people keep in touch with you or see what you’re up to?
How do they follow you?
It’s been too long. We still travel every so often driving to Phoenix, California when we do get some stuff done. I’ll give you a call when we’re heading up to the sunny area again and see what you’re up to. Thank you for hanging out with us. We’ll get this shared and share it at your place. Everybody likes to share stuff like that. We look forward to staying in touch with you, visiting you and getting together when you get to Vegas. We’re right here and we have no appointment, so it’s not like we’re going anywhere.
Thanks, Hollywood. I appreciate you.
Thank you for having me.
We’ll have to do it again.
That’s a man that you can hang out with and talk to all day long. He’s got more stories than you can imagine. You got to share this. Now that you recognize Gladiators and you’ll see for who he is and you’re like, “Wow.”
Share this, stay in touch, and we will see you guys hopefully, for a cooking session. I will be posting what I’m going to be making. It’s going to be an easy dish. I’ve gotten into this habit of making stuff that’s quick and easy so that you’re not spending too much time in the kitchen. It’ll be something you can throw together, put in the oven, sit down, and have dinner with your families.
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About Hollywood Yates
Entertaining since the age of 7, Hollywood Yate’s resume reads like the true Renaissance man- 23 years on the professional rodeo circuit as a bullfighter and rodeo clown, including 2 time NFR Wrangler bullfights finalist, 1 time NFR Wrangler bullfights Barrel man, 2 time BRO World Champion Bullfighter, 3 time Salinas Bullfight Champion, 3 time Ellensburg Bullfight Champion, 4 time FT. Madison Bullfight Champion plus over 30 other championships. Hollywood Yates IS THE most recognized bullfighter.
The media has embraced Hollywood for years either as the long-haired rodeo clown or the take-no-prisoners “Wolf” on American Gladiators — from the rodeo arena to the red carpets in Hollywood. He has appeared on The Today Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Deal or No Deal, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, GAC, CMT, Access Hollywood, FOX News Happy Hour, CW11, Fox and Friends, and has also been heard across the nation through his numerous radio tours, as well as the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Radio Show, Go Country, Shade 45, Mike & Murray, and Maxim Radio. Yates has also been written about in various print articles including Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and People Magazine and sponsored by Coors Light and Wrangler within his career. And did I mention that he wrestled professionally with the WWE and is also a stuntman? Maybe some of the complexity of his growth explains his wide range in life of this daunting competitor. Hollywood can be as down to earth and humble as they come, yet when he rolls into the bull-ring or arena- everything changes- “I am not into humiliating people- but when I’m competing, I love destroying any hope my opponent might have- I want to take their heart away-so when they look up and see me- they feel crushed, like there’s no chance at all.” — And the bad news for competitors- the dude also hates to lose.
Now that Hollywood is stepping back to his root’s in the music Industry, he is already getting Great Review’s from the media such as CMT Insider who aired a story about him crossing over to the music scene and Today’s Country Magazine which states “ he does have a uniqueness to his sound that he combines with a presence alone that is enough to attract attention and when you mix in the fact that the guy can sing an upbeat, rocking, tune with a voice that booms over the crowd you can definitely see that this is someone that is about to peak a tremendous interest amongst the industry.
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