Source: IYHWrestling.comMichael Tarver recently did an interview with IYHWrestling.com, former WWE superstar & founding member of Nexus. He is asked what has he been up to recently. Tarver answers that he is busy with his ministry, as well as keeping in shape. His faith is very important to him. But so is training. He travels a lot doing public speaking in churches as well as to young adults at juvenile detention centers. He has been staying busy.
How did he get involved with FCW? He said a friend called him in 2007 and asked him to come to New York, because Smackdown! was having a taping in Rochester, and the WWE needed big physiques to fill-in as bodyguards for a segment between JBL and Chris Jericho. He got a try-out and Johnny Ace gave him a job. He stuck out because of his presence and his piercing stare, his intensity, all of which shone through when he told a heckler to shut up. Elijah Burke was one guy who told Michael he had that look about him. Jack then asked Michael about the old school custom of shaking hands. Michael said it wasn't just a "ritual" but it was about respect. He said the atmosphere in WWE is intense.
FCW was awesome for him because he started right away, and he showed his intensity and passion by walking up to Steve Keirn and asked to do a promo in front of the crowd, after seeing them react to Alicia Fox. He felt that he could get a lot of heat because the crowd seemed receptive. He cut an ugly heel promo and got booed out of the building. When he got to FCW there were guys there from OVW as well and it was a great atmosphere, different then it is now, because there are fewer wrestlers and more bikini models and ex-athletes.
Incher asked a question from Nikhil, who wanted to know if anything original, got dropped from the Nexus storyline. Michael said things just snowballed week after week. Creative doesn't plan in advance because it is too difficult. "WWE knows what it is doing, even when they don't know what they are doing." They had no idea what was going to come in the future.
Was there any jealousy from other wrestlers? Vance Archer, who Michael said was a good friend of his. They were supposed to debut together in ECW together. Archer debuted and Tarver did not, because Michael did not have his passport yet.
How did NXT come together was the next question. Michael says talent relations came to Florida and explained the show in general details. He hoped it wasn't going to be another Tough Enough. He wanted to debut as himself on SD! They later came down and little by little they found out who was going to be on the show. The plans during the show were half-improvised, as the young talent was thrown into the fire to see how they would react and handle the pressure. He brings up a time when Carlito did or didn't spit an apple in Heath Slater's face. He praised Carlito as a talented guy who should have been a world champion. He mentions Daniel Bryan's match with Chris Jericho and that the WWE had plans for people and you could tell by watching who the machine was really looking at pushing in the future. He didn't mind being labeled as a rookie, when OIB asked, because in the WWE, even Daniel Bryan was a rookie by their standards. He has seen everyone improve tremendously in the past year, but again stated that everyone can always learn more and hone their craft, and WWE is the place to learn it.
At what point were they NOT considered rookies? Michael felt that the strength of the Nexus angle was that these young guys were making a statement, so he didn't mind the rookie label. He said everyone but David Otunga had an average 7 to 10 years of experience as wrestlers, so he didn't view himself or anyone else as a rookie. It was just a label the WWE used for the story.
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