• “I was never thinking about signing with WWE, that was never a goal” – Current Champion
Current NXT UK Champion WALTER was interviewed on the latest episode of ‘WWE After The Bell’ and talked about joining WWE in January 2019, after touring the European (and later North American) Independent Scene for more than 13 years.
WALTER was originally trained by ECW Veteran Michael Kovac in Austria, but later went to Germany to join wXw, where he ended up making a name for himself and getting noticed by people in WWE.
Because the European Super-Heavyweight refuses to move to the United States permanently, he’s still sort of stuck with WWE’s NXT UK brand in England, UK.
Here’s what WALTER had to say:
“First of all, I was never thinking about signing with WWE, that was never a goal. I was happy in the process, sometimes you get lost too much when you think about the future.
I have to force myself to do it as well, sometimes your brain is way ahead of you. I was never too keen about leaving Germany, leaving Europe to live in the United States.
Most of the other wrestlers are willing to do it because it was their goal from day one, maybe early in their career that’s where they want to go.
For me, for the most time in my life, it was never a realistic thing that I could actually ever wrestle for WWE or something like that.
When I started 10 years before, the wrestling world was very different, WWE was very protected or isolated from everybody else. It was so difficult to get into WWE and they opened up a few years ago and actually realized how much talent there is out there to work with.
When everything came to talks with NXT UK at first, they talked to me right when it started and I was doing really well on the indies and I just wanted to see what else comes up and I just said wait and see what happens.
When NXT UK came up and we talked again, it sounded like okay obviously the focus is to build something in Europe and the UK is the obvious first step in that process because England was the hottest place to.”
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• Old School Tag Team Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 60th birthday of Old School Tag Team Wrestling Veteran Tommy Rogers (Real name: Thomas Couch).
For most of Tommy Rogers’ professional Wrestling career, he teamed up with Bobby Fulton as “The Fantastics”.
They were a famous Tag Team during the 80s & 90s and wrestled for various territories such as World Class Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions & Mid-South Wrestling (UWF) and many more.
Later on during the Monday Night Wars, Rogers also had a few stints as a singles wrestler in the WWF, WCW and ECW, but was mainly used as an enhancement talent.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
May 14, 1961 – June 1, 2015