Ricky Ortiz Talks Playing In XFL, Joining WWE, Being Brought Up Too Fast, His Release, UWF & More
WrestlingINC: Yeah. I think we all hope for the best for him.
WrestlingINC: So, how would you rate yourself since you left WWE? It's been a few years and you've wrestled for a lot of independents. Do you think you're at the point where you'd want to make a return or do you still want to do the indies for a bit?
Ortiz: I'd absolutely like to make a return but that's not always our decision. Like I said, I found the love within what I do. Sweating and bleeding with the real stuff. Doing the sports-entertainment stuff on television and tying it all together. I think when WWE is interested, and like Johnny Ace said, that bridge is always open -- there's been a little bit of talk back and forth. Just a little something here and there. We'll see where things go.
I'm just really humble and grateful at this point and I'm just enjoying each moment in front of me at this time. But, yeah. That's where the Superbowl goes down. I'll tell you what: over at Urban Wrestling Federation, it's a man's game now. They don't play around there, brother. [Laughs.] You go in there and you see the guy from TMZ trying to do an interview and he's shaking. "You shouldn't have waxed those eye brows and wore that shirt buttoned up so tight around here, man." He's like, "I know! It's scary around here. These guys have guns around here. They're doing this over here." [Laughs.] I said, "Yeah, brother. There's two different worlds."
There's a lot of liberal freedom over there and you get to try different things out. There's a lot of guys that have worked for many years around the indies and Japan. I think it's good. Now, you have all these people that are really passionately working and honing their skills. Whether times have changed or not, it's always good to see someone that puts their life into what they do. So, yeah. It's cool, brother.
WrestlingINC: You're been wrestling with the Urban Wrestling Federation for a little while now, and I managed to catch a couple of their shows. I find it entertaining, it's unlike anything I've ever seen before. Tell the fans that don't know much about the UWF what it's all about.
Ortiz: The Urban Wrestling Federation is combining hip hop music -- all these hungry artists that also are drawn to sports-entertainment/professional wrestling. They're big fans of it. It's a demographic that's been untapped, so to speak, as far as the hip hop genre. With the music-based plots and story lines with thugs and gangsters. Kind of like the present day Scarface/Grand Theft Auto/The Wire -- with that energy.
It's also got some ECW roots to it so you know there's going to be done different that's never been done before. You know there's going to be some extreme stuff happening around there. It was obvious when -- I believe it was the second pay-per-view -- the last scene ends with one of the gentlemen outside of a club is shooting his .9mm down the road at another entertainer.
You're having all of these matches going on but it's more of a Fight Club kind of scene. It's like Pitbulls or dogs going in there and and they're betting on their dogs who is kind of their enforcer type of each other these crews. I mean, come on, there are guns involved, there are razor blades, chairs. There's falls count anywhere, anytime. So, anything can happen. You've got a lot of backstabbing, a lot of drugs, a lot of money, a lot of sex, a lot of violence and a lot of blood. Just what America wants. [Laughs.]
WrestlingINC: Well, thanks a lot. Do you have any final comments for the readers of the site?
Ortiz: Just check out UWF Turf Wars. It's coming up for Urban Wrestling Federation on May 27th. It's going to be something different than the other products out there. Don't be scared to try something different. You might like it.
You can follow Richard Young on Twitter @beastortiz. Also, you can check him out in action at Urban Wrestling Federation's sixth national pay-per-view, Turf War, which premieres on Sunday, May 27th at 11pm ET.
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