Big O Adam Ohriner Talks Zack Ryder, TNA Gut Check And More
On getting into pro-wrestling: "At first I was only suppose to help write and edit the shows because I went to school and have a degree in journalism and communications so I'm very good with computers, writing, editing, web design. So I figured he just wanted me to do some of the production behind the scenes. After 4-5 weeks of just helping him produce the shows, he asked me if I wanted to make a cameo appearance. I was like I don't know anything about wrestling. What exactly would I do? He was like just get in front of the camera and act crazy, tell folks if they gonna fight me they gotta come through you first! You're my new muscle and people need to start taking you serious. I was like sure whatever, no problem.
"So I did this little promo for him and the following week video had 300,000 hits on it. I was like oh—this is kinda cool! He asked me to do another, and another. After about 5 months of doing these shows, I started getting recognized by people. I'd be at the mall or at Wallmart and people be like—oh you're Zack Ryder's friend! You do the YouTube show! I'm like hey and yeah that's me."
On his first experience in a pro wrestling event: "Zack invited me to go to a live RAW event at the National Coliseum in Long Island in 2011 and it was the 1st professional wrestling show I'd ever been to in my whole life. Never been to a pro wrestling show. I go to take my seat as I'm walking with his father who also appeared on the show with us. We couldn't get to the aisle where our seats are because there was literally a crowd of 500 people who wanted to get my autograph and take a picture with me. Solely based on the fact that I was doing this YouTube show with him. So I was like wow this is exciting! This is cool! So after doing the episodes for another three months from that moment on, a few more shows, I ended up backstage meeting with a few wrestlers, I was like you know what this really might be something I could get into cause I've always been an athlete, in great shape, I have a very flexible job working at a nightclub, little responsibility and at the end I had the head start because I had connections. So I was like you know what gimme the number of the wrestling company that you started training at years ago with the New York Wrestling Connection and I'll go in once or twice to see what it's all about and see if it's for me or not. Labor Day of 2011 I go into NYWC, two weeks later I was body slamming a 400 pound guy in the main event, and here I am less than two years later having just appeared on National Television for TNA IMPACT."
On the Zack Ryder YouTube Show: "When we first started doing it, it was very risky because nobody in the business had ever done something like that. No one had ever done a live radio shoot-talk show or a fan mail Q & A interacting with fans or directing responding to fans. It was the 1st time that anybody used social media and used that as an extension of television and superstars on WWE's internet website to really let people into the world of Zack Ryder to know what kind of person he really is. That kid's got ton of personality but when you're not featured on television or you're on television once a month for a two minute match, fans don't know who you are.
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