Former WWE Superstar Scotty 2 Hotty recently spoke with The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast and discussed his thoughts on the WWE Performance Center, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and more. Here are some highlights:
On Enzo and Big Cass: “I love Enzo and Cass. I know they just went up to the main roster, but I think they’re going to be huge. Enzo can talk so well and Cass is a giant. And he’s actually one of the guys the first time I went to the training center, I was like, ‘dude, you have a gift. You need to realize that and use that.’ And it is so cool to see those guys come into their own and get over with the crowd. As a trainer on the training side, it’s so cool to see that happen. But also, The Vaudevillains – I love those guys. [They are] so fun to watch. Dash and Dawson, again, so [fun to watch]. I saw their match last week and I told them after, ‘you guys are different. Like, do what you do. And, man, go balls to the wall with it.’ They are so believable with what they do and it’s something I don’t think we’ve seen in quite a while, the serious side of a tag team.”
On his popularity: “My career peaked when the [professional] wrestling business peaked. It was like perfect timing. I doubt we’ll ever see that again where it felt like to me every where you went, you would see wrestling shirts. You would see people wearing Austin 3:16 or nWo or DX shirts everywhere, and, hopefully, a couple Too Cool shirts. But it was like the cool thing. It felt like the whole world was watching it at the time. It was definitely a cool time to be there.”
On his thoughts on the Performance Center: “The facility there is unreal. It’s amazing. I’m working with those guys as a trainer, a guest trainer. And they’re such awesome guys there. There [are] some monsters there. They’re going to be big stars once it clicks. It’s so much fun for me to go in and help these guys and see the lightbulb go off and say, ‘hey, just try this a little bit different’. It’s hard for them, I think. A lot of them weren’t [professional] wrestling fans or [being a professional wrestler] wasn’t their aspirations, I don’t think. And they were approached by WWE to give it a try, so it’s a whole different world. It is very cool though. It’s really cool to be a part of it.”
On what he adds: “I’m the entertainment guy. I think I can bring that part of it and help out with that part, I think. So much of it’s timing. Timing and learning when to do what, that part of it.”
On the Internet removing surprise from wrestling: “I think [the internet] has hurt [the professional wrestling business] because the element of surprise is such a huge part of what we do. And how many times have the fans been robbed because it leaked out? Like, when I was a kid I can remember I didn’t care about the matches. I wanted to see somebody turn, I wanted to see somebody new show up, or I want to see a title change hands. That’s what I looked forward to. And now, it feels like 90% of the time, it’s leaked on [the internet] before it happens. ‘Oh, Chris Jericho is in the building tonight’, you know? So, that does kind of suck. But it’s just the fans that get robbed of it, I guess.