Total Divas has provided fans an inside look at the lives of the women of WWE and their significant others, but a former superstar wasn't happy with his portrayal on the reality show. Justin Gabriel was a guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show recently and discussed his gripes with how everything went down.
Gabriel, who was with the WWE from 2010-2015 and now wrestles in Lucha Underground under the name PJ Black, was involved in a brief relationship with current WWE ring announcer JoJo Offerman. Gabriel wanted to end things due to his uneasiness over their age difference and producers of the show wanted to play out the breakup on screen, which didn't sit well with him.
"I didn't want to be a part of [Total Divas] at all. They filmed some stuff, and I started talking to JoJo because I thought she was a pretty cool person," Gabriel said. "I never realized she was so young, I think she was like 18 or 19 at the time. And we kind of went that route [to dating], and they were like, 'Hey. Do you want to be on the show?' I was like, 'Yeah. Sure, what do I have to do?' They said, 'nothing, just go on dates,' and we went on multiple dates. They'd take film, which never aired, by the way; we filmed so many cool things,, and I said to the producers, 'I don't think I can do this. Like, she's 19, and I don't think this is going to work. I'm a 30-year-old man.' And he was like, 'Ok. fair enough. Then you have to break up with her on TV.' And that's the scene they played."
Gabriel said the show made the breakup look more like a spectacle, with him playing the villain. He said they handled it as if it was a scripted storyline when in reality it was a real breakup, and he was irked by the whole thing.
"And what they did was make me look like this super womanizing heel, they edited everything to make me look like a bad guy. That's not what happened at all. A lot of it is real, but it's about 90 percent scripted. That I just couldn't deal with," he said. "If it's a reality show, let me do and say whatever I want. Don't tell me what to say and what to wear. It wasn't very organic or spontaneous. So, after I broke up with her, I was like, 'Yeah. I'm outta here.'"
Black also talked about the Corre being a "knock-off group," information on the new season of Lucha Underground, the Nexus losing to Team WWE at SummerSlam, and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
Source: Pancakes and Powerslams Show