|By Raj Giri||January 02, 2013 | Comments|
Source: Kayfabe Wrestling Radio
Was his first run with the WWE a case of 'too much too soon': "It was a number of things, you know what I mean? It was too much too soon in that I was too young and immature that I didn't really appreciate the opportunity that was handed to me because they really had the machine behind me the first time. But, at the same time, I mean I was on course; I would have done well but I did a lot to sabotage myself, as far as I was supposed to win the IC Title at one point and all kinds of things, but I had my personal issues and I had to go to rehab and that was the halting point of my career. So, I wouldn't have had my personal problems, I don't think it would have been 'too much too soon', and I think I would have been able to develop and get better and continue progressing; my career wouldn't have hit such a dramatic halt. And then, after I did hit that halt, it was such a climb from that point thereafter just to get any kind of momentum or faith from the office at the same time. So, I'm not putting the blame onto the WWE for putting me up too quick, I'm just saying it was a combination of me being young, being too immature and being too much too quick (like you said) and then me making bad decisions."
What he feels his best match was and the use of ring psychology in matches: "You watch, when you get the chance, it was on WWE Superstars but fortunately we got about 15 minutes, watch myself versus Drew McIntyre from 2011. It's like a 15 minute match and I guarantee you, I'd love to hear your feedback on it. But, if you're big on psychology and storytelling, I think you will really appreciate that match because I think that s one of my top matches. That's all stuff I got in my last year, it just takes time to develop and WWE had become such a revolving door that not everyone can be Kurt Angle and get it in a year. But, it does come down to getting past move and spots; thinking in terms of psychology and storytelling; the biggest art in the whole match is just telling, you know what I mean.
"Like. being a babyface, being able to convey pain to an audience, and believing yourself so that they also believe. And it's not to say, we hit each other hard; so that it's not hard to believe but that is the art of it. If you're the babyface and you taking a heap, emotionally invest yourself in it and believe that person is beating you down and then bring that into the comeback and that's how you have an organic comeback and not have something that is forced or somebody is just running up and down screaming; it's because they went through that whole heap and they got so emotionally invested that they believed it. And then, when it became time to to give it back to that heel, they give it back, you know what I mean? And that story is told with the face, and I'm sure you guys have heard Vince is big on facials (expressions) and that's why; that's the reason why. You've got to get those emotions but it's just little things; the psychology, the story telling. You've got stuff you just can'; learn within the first year or necessarily the first few years, it takes time."
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