Why Bray Wyatt Won’t Be Top Heel
In a recent interview with Ring Rust Radio Jake Roberts explained why he doesn’t think Bray Wyatt can be a top heel. His point is pertinent for pretty much every good heel on the roster.
“He will never be a top heel because people are infatuated by him. Just like the way they were with me. Whenever I wrestled Hogan they cheered me, with Savage it was split. People are funny man. When you’re doing your job really well, and you’re different and unique and you have this edge, that’s very special. People dig that, they respect that and they want to be with that. If they are scared of your character like they were of me and Bray, they want to be on the winning team, so they will want to cheer for you regardless.”
Jake also discussed Daniel Bryan’s retirement:
“As far as Bryan goes, that’s a huge loss and I hate to hear that. WWE needs him desperately. I’m very proud of him that he is smart enough to get out after being injured. Most of us weren’t. As far as concussions for myself, I went and did all the tests because I am having issues. We did all the tests and stuff and it did not come out good. It come out there’s some spots on my brain that don’t look good and shouldn’t be there. It came down to how many concussions do I think I had, and I thought I had maybe two or three year. It’s a very low number when really I think it was more like eight or ten. So let’s say two or three, but I wrestled for 40 years, that’s 120 now. So I am going to have problems, and I’m already having problems. When you do, it is a job. I think you’re smart enough to get out of the way and to get out. If you’re doing it because you’re truly in love with it like I was and you have the passion for it like I do, that moment in the ring is the greatest time of day, and I live for that moment. I live to perform and that’s the people that really do get hurt. There are still some guys that are going out there hurt and still perform, and then there’s guys that have a hangnail problem and won’t go out there for three weeks. WWE has seen that too, so there you go.”
‘Eventually’ Says Finn Balor
Finn Balor said he would get to the main roster “eventually” when asked by the Poughkeepsie Journal:
“I came to WWE to be on WrestleMania and to be in a WrestleMania main event. I won’t say I got sidetracked, but I took a different direction. I get to work with NXT and be a part of something I can consider incredibly special. I stumbled upon this little pot of gold with NXT. It wasn’t the plan when I came here, but it’s all of my focus. I’m proud to be the standard-bearer for NXT. I believe I will get the callup eventually, but I want to leave NXT in better condition than I found it. I want to leave the best footprint I can with NXT possible. With a third brand, at the end of the day, it’s great for wrestling fans. The more wrestling we have, the better. The better job I do, the more possibility of that coming true.”
“When I came to NXT, it was very much a developmental brand. In the last year and a half, with the help of an incredible bunch of talent, we were able to grow NXT as the third global brand for WWE. I’m very proud to be the standard-bearer and a lot of responsibility goes with that, obviously. I thrive under pressure. I would be more worried if I was not the standard-bearer. I don’t take it for granted. I’ve worked hard for 15 years to be in the position I’m in. I’m not going to let up or let go any time soon.”
Ken Anderson Shares Bizarre Mahoney Story
I was around him a lot when he was in the WWE when they married ECW with WWE. We spent a lot of time on the road because ECW and SmackDown would travel together. The overseas and in-state tours together. He was great [backstage]. Always a nice guy. I had some strange interactions with him. I remember one time I was walking up to an arena, I think we were in Germany, and he was sitting out kind of sunning himself. He had these headphones on, big headphones, and as I walked by, he pulled the headphones off, shook my hand [and said], ‘How’re you doing, brother?’ He was always the sweetest guy, very friendly. And I said, ‘I’m good. What cha listening to?’ And he goes, ‘Type O Negative.’ I’m like, ‘Oh. Those are the guys who think they’re vampires, right?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah. I’m a vampire too.’ I was like, ‘What? What do you mean?’ And he showed me his arm where he had cut himself the night before where he and his girlfriend were taking turns sucking each other’s blood.