Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

Five years after taking part in a WWE tryout, Zelina Vega finally made her way to the main roster in 2018. She spent less than one year in NXT and she quickly learned that the WWE main roster is completely different than the developmental brand.

Vega revealed the biggest lesson she learned in WWE when she joined the Busted Open Podcast.

“I have to say that the biggest lesson I have learned is to find your way to stand out. Whatever it is that you do, dial it up to a 10 because for me people won’t necessarily think I am the best wrestler in the world, but I can do what others can’t,” stated Vega. “As soon as I get on the mic that’s something you can’t really match with me, so whenever I accompany Andrade to the ring I make sure that no matter what it was I was doing, I make sure that I was a part of it and to make sure that the moment you will remember when Zelina does a crazy thing. Finding whatever it is that you do and dial it up to a 10.”

In between her WWE tryout in 2013 and joining NXT in 2017, Vega competed on the indie scene and was just waiting for WWE to reciprocate her interest. After rejection after rejection, she admitted that she thought she would never be in WWE.

“Absolutely. Actually, a few years ago I texted Dwayne Johnson and I had gotten another ‘no’ from the WWE and I had gotten another ‘no’ from an audition when I was auditioning for Spider-Man and had gotten a ‘no’ there,” said Vega. “So, I was at the end of my rope there and said that I think I was just going to give up and whether he can give me some advice. I was at the end of the rope and told him that I was thinking about just quitting wrestling, he was like, no, give me a couple of days I am working on something, and then the movie [Fighting With My Family] happened and then after that, it was full speed ahead. It was pretty incredible.”

Vega portrayed AJ Lee in the movie which was produced by WWE Studios and began filming in early 2017. By mid-2017 Vega had signed on with WWE where she reported to the Performance Center and the rest is history.

Batista recently spoke with GQ to promote his new “Stuber” movie that hit theaters today. Batista revealed that some of his friends in Hollywood were surprised this year when he returned for a match at WrestleMania 35 because they never knew he was a pro wrestler. The interviewer said he must have learned to really “play up” his intimidating presence coming from WWE.

“Oh yeah, way over the top,” Batista said. “That is the stigma I was stuck with when I wanted to become a real actor. There was a point in my career where none of my social media contained anything that said WWE. I just wanted to completely remove myself from that world. Not because I was embarrassed or ashamed to have come from that world, but I needed people to lose that stereotype with me being a professional wrestler. Open their eyes, broaden their minds a little bit of who I could be. Then when I felt like I had finally established that respect, that credit, I started owning it. I had more than a few people when I went back for WrestleMania this year, more than a few of my peers in acting, who were surprised that I was ever a professional wrestler. They had no idea. To me, that’s an accomplishment. That’s a statement.”

Batista reiterated recent comments on the No Holds Barred loss to Triple H being his last match, but he did say that he’s told WWE he will go back and make appearances for them, and he would like to stay connected to the company.

“It was my last match,” he said of WrestleMania 35. “I’ve told them I’ll go back and do the show. I’ll be a personality on the show. I love the company. I love the fans and I would like to stay connected to them. But as far as going back and have another wrestling match, it will never happen. I think it’ll just never happen. I couldn’t have ended my career any better than I did this year. It was something I fought very hard for. So for me to go back and wrestle again after all that would be taking a huge dump on my career. I just won’t do it.”

Batista also talked about the recent WWE Super ShowDown match between The Undertaker and WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Batista said he called Taker and tried to talk him out of the match. He also said he would not have traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I called, man,” he said. “I called ‘Taker and said, “Is there any way I could change your mind?” He laughed, and I knew I couldn’t change his mind. He said it sounded good when we first started talking about it. I only saw highlights which were, you know, low lights. It was not good. It’s just bad circumstances all the way around. 

“I feel like Taker’s there for the right reasons. I think he’s there because he still loves it. But I wish that they would utilize him in the right way. I think a novelty match with Goldberg is the wrong way. I just don’t think it’s good for anybody and especially it’s not good for the fans. I wouldn’t have gone to Saudi at all. I don’t care who they would’ve booked me with. I just would not have gone.

“But I loved my final match at WrestleMania, with Hunter. The fans wanted to see two old guys go to war. That’s what we did. That’s the way the match was designed.”

Roman Reigns recently spoke with and revealed the advice he gives other WWE Superstars who are upset with how they’re being used on WWE TV. Reigns said it’s all about putting the work in.

“Everybody just wants to be in that [top guy] position,” Reigns said. “But people forget about the grooming period. People forget about the equity and the building of grassroots on TV, and also the audience that we’re in front of. People, they can forget that I’ve been on television for years now. Every week, your really … the day in age we are content heavy society and there is just so much. … So we’re competing with all of that. So you have to consistently remind them of what you are and who you are and what your doing. I feel like some people just feel like, ‘Hey, I’m going to become a big star tomorrow.’ It doesn’t work like that. So you have to really show that you have [the equity with fans].

“[John] Cena’s a prime example of a guy before me that [the company] was built around him in a certain sense. But it took him a long time, a lot of equity. He had to drive that car many many times with somebody in that passenger side watching him before he was able to just get the keys and drive and go wherever he wanted. You have to really put your time and show everybody that they do count on you. And that’s exactly why I’m against people being ‘ahh, I’m just going to go up there and perform, and I’m just going to go tell my story and then it’s done.'”

Reigns said wrestlers also cannot be afraid of being unselfish about selling for the other members of the roster. Reigns acknowledged there will be frustrating times, but those who stick with the process will be very happy.

“That’s what I tell young performers, don’t be scared of the promised land,” Reigns said. “Go through these humps and lumps and trust the brass and then all of a sudden your going to find yourself in a very cool place. Your going to find yourself extremely happy. Take everything you had always hoped was true. I will confirm, we’ll always be your family.

“Just follow the process unscathed, stick to you guns, keep you head down and work really hard and you’ll find yourself on the other end. You’ll be very happy and very glad that you stuck it out. There are some frustrating times, there are some spots wish you could bang you head on the wall but you just get through those I guarantee you will be happy on the other side.”

CazXL, f.k.a Big Cass in WWE, was featured in a recent DDP Yoga awareness video which highlighted his struggles with depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. Cass spoke candidly about his issues encouraging those going through similar situations to seek proper help.

“Being depressed is one thing,” Caz said. “Having depression on a daily basis is another thing… It’s hard to tell people about it because who knows what they’re going to say, ‘You’re looking for attention. You have everything you ever wanted…’, so you just keep it to yourself. You just hide it deep down which is the worst thing you can do.

“[I] didn’t seek help for years,” Caz admitted. “Self medicated with alcohol. Went to the bars trying to drink beers and couldn’t really fall asleep. When I woke up I was like, ‘I wish that God would have just taken me in my sleep.’ Why am I thinking this? ‘I wish that I wouldn’t be alive today’.”

During a match on RAW in August of 2017, Caz suffered a knee injury. He said that the injury caused him to eat unhealthy and drink in excess.

“I wrestled Enzo and tore my ACL,” Caz recalls. “The amount that I was drinking was ridiculous, the food I was putting into my body was ridiculous, no physical activity, chain smoking cigarettes. [WWE] had every right in the world to get rid of me.”

Last December, Caz had a seizure and fell to the floor in the lobby of a House of Hardcore event. Caz felt that the incident was actually a sign from God. 

“I went to do the House of Hardcore show in Philadelphia,” Caz said. “Going into the show, I hadn’t slept in two days. Don’t remember walking out through the curtain, don’t remember going to the autograph table, came to in the ambulance. And they told me I had a seizure. I took that as a sign from God. God spoke to me that day and he was saying, ‘If you want to live this life, you’re going to end up dead because this is where your life is heading.’ I could have died the night. That’s what I was told in the ER.

“This guy walks up to me while I’m signing autographs and says, ‘You’re deeply depressed. You’re down, and I’m going to help you out.’,” Caz claimed. “After the seizure I immediately went to live with him in Delaware. Sober living, clean living, healthy positive attitude and he turned my life around.

“I am sitting here right now telling you that I should be dead with the amount I drank and the seizure I had,” Caz admitted. “I shouldn’t be here. If anybody out there suffers with depression, anxiety, and you’re hiding it because there’s a stigma that you’re weak, you’re not weak. Whatever it is, you need to seek help. Whether it’s medication or talk therapy, or whatever it is that you need, you need to get it because hiding it deep down, it’s not going to work and that’s what I did for a long time and eventually… pop, it’s just an explosion. Whatever you need to do to fix it, make sure you do it. Keeping that sh*t bottled deep down, it aint worth it. Trust me from somebody who lived it. Seek help.”

Caz was released from WWE in 2018 for behavioral issues and public intoxication. Caz has since worked the independent circuit including an appearance for Ring of Honor.

You can Big Cass’ Interview from DDP Yoga in the link below:


Back in the summer, Renee Young became the first lead female broadcaster in WWE history. Considered a fresh voice for the product, many fans have been supportive of her work. Those backstage in WWE are also supportive, even willing to give advice to Renee.

On the latest episode of her Regular Girls podcast with Stacey McGunnigle, Renee talks (h/t 411Mania) about advice she has gotten from other announcers within WWE. One piece of advice she was given was the right times to speak.

“So I’ve been working each week — I work with Tom Phillips, this week I worked with Vic Joseph — but we’ll go back and watch [and] listen to my commentary on Raw or on a pay-per-view or whatever and like, dissect it,” Young stated. “They’ll give me pointers, et cetera, et cetera, and it’s extremely beneficial to me.

“But yeah, that was kinda the note where they’re like ‘You don’t have to talk as much as you think you need to talk. Maybe just sit back and listen a little bit.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’ And that’s like, really no easy task for me. I’m so used to being like, the talker. And keeping the ball afloat. So when I don’t have that ball, to keep it afloat, I think that’s an uncomfortable spot for me and then I end up, just like…diarrhea of the mouth because I don’t have a firm grasp on what’s happening.”

Renee has been with WWE since 2012. During her time with the company she has done backstage and in-ring commentary for NXT, PPV shows, RAW and SmackDown. Before that she was a correspondent with The Score.


As noted, WWE announced today that Harlem Heat’s Booker T and Stevie Ray will be going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year, making Booker a two-time Hall of Famer. USA Today spoke with the brothers about the induction. They both said they were surprised to get the call from WWE.

Stevie Ray said he was surprised to get the call from WWE.

“I was speechless for a couple of seconds. The last thing I was thinking about was the Hall of Fame,” Stevie said. “I’m going to be honest with you, I hadn’t really thought about it. You know, I get the fans hitting me all the time with different things about Harlem Heat needs to be in the Hall of Fame, so on and so forth. But you never know, so I never gave it very much thought.”

Booker added, “It was surprising, actually, I guess because one reason, my brother and I, we never actually wrestled in the WWE. My brother took a step aside at that point in time because he had a daughter, and he wanted to see her grow up and see her go to college. He got a chance to do that. But our career in WCW was awesome. My brother and I were together for eight and a half years in WCW and together another two years prior in the Global Wrestling Federation. So we had a career as a tag team, and to be recognized as one of the great tag teams of all time…. [there were] a lot of great tag teams that we competed against back in the day, like the Steiners, the Nasty Boys and the Road Warriors, Sting and Lex Luger, Public Enemy – so many guys we got a chance to grapple with back then, and to be recognized, it’s pretty awesome.”

Booker was asked what he wants WWE fans to remember Harlem Heat for in 20 years. He responded, “It would just be keep passing it on more than anything. Young guys right now, the Usos, those two guys came out of my school. Authors of Pain, right now, two guys wrecking shop. You’ve got Street Profits out there representing Harlem Heat. That’s what it’s about. If they look back and say ‘Harlem Heat was badass,’ that’s the only thing that really matters, as well as we were good people.”

Content with their careers, Booker and Stevie both said they would have nothing to say if they could go back and give themselves some advice as the beginning of their careers. Booker did have some advice for the up & coming wrestlers.

“What would I tell myself? Nothing. Learn things as you go,” Stevie said.

“I wouldn’t tell us anything, man. We had a dream. We had a blueprint, though, a gameplan. We didn’t slip on a banana peel and find ourselves in this position. Trust me, it didn’t happen that way,” Booker said. “But I would tell the young guys these days, look at the state of the business. The party, it’s real, it only lasts for so long. Make sure you prepare for what’s next, because it’s going to come very, very quick. Relish that, then move on to what comes next, because life moves in seasons.”


Recently on The Jim Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross shared his thoughts on behind blamed for WWE Talent Relations decisions during his time heading up the department. Also, Ross explained how AEW can avoid going the way of WCW.

According to Ross says he has been criticized for doing certain things as head of WWE Talent Relations; however, ‘Good Ol’ J.R.’ suggested that he was merely carrying out the marching orders of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

“Coming [to WWE] from WCW [in 1993], I was not the most popular hire,” Ross recalled. “It’s funny. I read things where people say, ‘well, J.R. did this when he was in Talent Relations’ or ‘J.R. did that.’ They don’t understand that I followed the orders of one guy. Does that make any sense to you? Is that a foreign thing [now] that you don’t have to take your direction from your leader? That’s the way I was raised. That’s the way I do business today. The point is, is that Vince McMahon hired me. That was good enough for me. But I see some guys with revisionist history on some issues, ‘well, that was J.R.’s fault. This was J.R.’s fault.”

On the subject of how AEW can avoid being the next WCW, Ross said AEW needs to continue to amass talent and get a good television deal, while keeping the weekly TV show fresh and unpredictable.

“Well, they’ve got to continue to create stars. They’ve got to continue to provide something new and exciting and talented to the fanbase. They’ve got to have a great television clearance as they start their weekly run this fall, I am told or as I read. So I think that’s important. They’ve struck a chord with many on social media.” Ross continued, “their footprint, thanks to their social media expertise, is serving them well. But the main thing is they’ve got to cultivate a talented roster. They can’t get stale or predictable and continue to produce great episodic, hard-hitting, no eye-rolling content every week. It’s a hell of a big job and it ain’t going to be easy.”