Source: Montreal Canadiens
WWE is quite progressive when creating original programming exclusively for YouTube. You host "WWE Download", which highlights random Web videos and consistently draws 100,000+ views per episode. Cut us a promo on why your show OWNS "Tosh.O".
DZ: (laughs) I'm the Showoff, I'm great at what I do and WWE Download is an awesome show. Unfortunately it goes over a lot of people's heads because it's a little too smart. Tosh has a great show. He does a lot of great jokes; he's got a lot of great writers that help him out. Now, I like to host the show, write the show and do what I do better than everybody else and that's stealing the show. When you watch WWE Download, you know you're getting a bona fide star hosting a show, having a good time, putting it all out there. Also, and that's the key point; it's a family-friendly, PG-oriented show. And I can still make them laugh, I can still tear it down, I can still steal the show, I can still make it interesting and I can make it fun for the whole family. That's the edge that WWE Download has. I do it better than anyone else.
You and rising comedienne Amy Schumer had been an item for a while, yet she made some headlines when she discussed your breakup on The Howard Stern Show. What was your reaction to having your love life discussed before an audience of millions? Did you get much ribbing about it from the boys backstage?
DZ: To be fair at the time, we kind of had a deal with each other that we wouldn't really talk about our relationship. We're still friends. Of course it caught me by surprise to hear about it on the radio. I even got a phone call from my mom asking me what was going on. It's over with. She mostly had good things to say. It wasn't completely accurate but it was pretty close. Of course, she's a comedian and she made some jokes. I definitely got some ribbing backstage but it's all good.
You were actually accepted to law school just before you decided to turn pro. How tough was it to sell your parents on that decision?
DZ: I love politics and I love the law. I wanted to be a court attorney, but my dream since I was five was to be in the WWE. WWE didn't want me after my original tryout. That's why I wanted to go back to college to get my degree. But right before going back, I got a second tryout and I killed it, obviously, and the rest is history. My parents knew I was a born entertainer and that I was great at athletics and that it was a perfect fit for me.
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