|By Raj Giri||December 21, 2012 | Comments|
WrestlingINC: It seems like it's been a lot harder in wrestling to find young talent. They either burned out too quickly, pushed too fast and getting dropped. So, it definitely seems like promotions like this really help bring up the up and coming stars.
Rhino: Sure. And it gives some of the younger guys an opportunity to sit in a locker room and talk.
That's one of the things that I like doing now. I'm in locker rooms with young guys and I get to tell these guys all the stuff I've learned. I'll be honest with you, my last year in TNA, the best education was I received there was changing in the same locker room as [Ric] Flair. We were in the green room was Flair, [Kevin] Nash, myself, [Kurt] Angle -- which I've been traveling with Angle for such a long time -- and I think [Matt] Morgan was in there. But, I would just sit there because you're there all day at TV and I'd just start asking Ric questions.
I never got the opportunity to see Harley Race in his pre-WWE days until after I got into wrestling and started studying tapes. I'd ask Flair, what made that work? His feud with Harley Race, how did that work? Where'd you go from here, here and here. Just learning and by me learning, I can tell the other guys and help them learn.
You learn the business outside the ring. The outside-the-ring education is just as important as learning the moves, you know.
WrestlingINC: Is that some advice you give to other wrestlers, to listen to the veterans?
Rhino: Listen, pick out some things. Don't just listen, talk to them and ask questions. You might pick up one thing that'll last you through your whole career. If you hear something over and over, you might think 'Wow, that might work because I'm hearing it a lot.' Just because you're in the business 10 or 15 years doesn't mean you know it all. I'm still learning to this day and the business still changes. but, take an opportunity and you might learn something -- or you might not. Or you might learn what not to do. I've definitely looked at a lot of wrestlers and learned what not to do outside the ring. [Laughs.]
WrestlingINC: Yeah. [Laughs.] Now, you're facing Devon Storm later this month and the winner of that faces Stevie Richards and Luke Hawx. I know you're familiar with Richards, are you pretty familiar with Devon Storm and Luke Hawx?
Rhino: Yeah, I've been watching them for a while. It's like I said: I was the last ECW Heavyweight champion and I think we can highlight that and I'll be the first Extreme Rising champion. Obviously, I just turned 37. I just added it up at the gym the other day, I've been wrestling 18 years and I still have a lot to offer. So, it's just one of those things where it's another belt you want to -- you want to go on the history books as the first ever.
WrestlingINC: What can fans expect from the December event and your match with Devon?
Rhino: Intensity. I mean, I have to get through Devon to move on. He's a helluva worker, helluva talent. It's something you don't want to take lightly and he's capable of a lot of stuff. He stays in great shape. I've never wrestled him before so this will definitely be a first for a lot of things that night.
WrestlingINC: You've mentioned being in the business 18 years now. What are your thoughts on the business today? I know you've seen some crazy periods with the late-'90s and early 2000s and then today. What are your thoughts on where it is?
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