Curt Hawkins recently joined Sam Roberts as a guest on his Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast for an in-depth sit-down interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On what he thinks of Vince McMahon and what the WWE Chairman thinks of him as a performer: “He’s obviously intimidating. He’s the ruler of professional wrestling, but I’ve always had a good rapport with him. I am very comfortable talking to him and things like that. I think he has seen me wrestle all these years and knows that I am a very serviceable pro wrestler and knows that I work hard every night, and I think he appreciates that. I’m not Roman Reigns, but as far as where he sees me on a star level, but there is a value of Curt Hawkins for sure. He has called me a good hand several times in meetings and to my face.”
On approaching WWE about creating merchandise around his losing streak: “I thought of the t-shirt idea, and drew it up really crappy, but I sent it to a buddy of mine who is super talented with drawing and stuff. He made it look really nice and then I just knocked on Vince McMahon’s door and showed it to him. I told him that I had been with the company for 10 years now and I never had a shirt. I don’t think I am deserving of a shirt, but people are really getting into this thing and I had this t-shirt idea designed. I don’t know if he had something to do with it, but shortly after the t-shirt was made.”
On sharing his experience outside of WWE with other Superstars who are thinking about possibly leaving the company: “I try to give them my perspective. I had a great time on the indies. The experience was cool and I did some cool things, so, I love pro wrestling but it was a lot of hard work and a lot of hustle. A lot of lonely ‘Virgil’ moments where you have to suck it up. That autograph line is not never ending wherever you go. There are moments where you have to check your ego and I don’t think that a lot of guys who have not done it don’t understand what the experience is like.
“If you do a good job and consistently work somewhere, and not work a lazy match and just take someone’s money, because I was doing the opposite. I told them that they don’t have to pay me this much, but that I would like to be involved with storylines and feuds and earn rapport of the fans where people are coming to see ‘The Prince of Queens’ Brian Myers and not Curt Hawkins, so that was my business philosophy.”
Check out the complete Curt Hawkins interview at Player.fm.