Former WWE NXT Head Trainer Bill Demott recently spoke with the Miami Herald about his departure from WWE and changes in the pro wrestling business. Here are the highlights.
On his departure from WWE:
“It was just time to move on. Everything has a shelf life, and you have to realize what you’ve done, and if what you’ve done is more important than what you think you should be doing, then you have to make that decision. I’m proud of what I’ve done. I’m proud of the system.
“After 28 years, I don’t think you’re ever really done, and that’s why the seminars like on Oct. 2 at the Main Event Training Center are cool. I really haven’t spent too much time sitting, thinking about [WWE departure]. I just consider it another chapter in what I’m doing.”
On how things have changed in the pro wrestling business:
“I think the biggest thing that’s changed in the business is in my generation there were a lot more places to go and learn your craft. Now you have different schools across the country and places running shows. There’s still Japan and Mexico, but you have to have an ‘in’ now.
“My biggest message for everybody starting out, trying to get their feet wet, is they’ve got to go explore other places other than their comfort zone. You have to put yourself out there because there’s no more Portland and the Carolinas and Puerto Rico and all these places that were running hot for years. There’s only two or three places to go, and you’ve got to make a name for yourself somewhere. So I think that’s what’s changed mostly.
“And the other thing is realize that wrestling is just a small part of what happens now in sports entertainment.”
You can read the entire interview here.
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