Former WWE star Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore recently spoke with Argus Leader to promote his wrestling school in Sioux Falls. Here are the highlights.
On what drew him to wrestling:
“It was something that hooked me as a kid. It was the lights and the colors and the matching outfits, the athleticism, the running … there was something beyond the sport of it,” Dinsmore said.
On Rip Rogers, who was an OVW trainer in 2004, coming up with the Eugene character:
“He said, ‘What do you think about a guy who can’t put a square peg in a square hole and can’t socialize with girls, but the minute the bell rings, he can do stuff he’s seen on TV perfectly?’ ” Dinsmore said. “Eight months later, I was sitting in this meeting with (WWE CEO) Vince McMahon, and he says, ‘I want to get back to character-based wrestling,’ and this character came out of my mouth. He said, ‘Great, you start on Monday.’”
You can read the entire interview here.