Dante Chen recently spoke with Yahoo! News for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During the discussion, the WWE NXT Superstar spoke about learning of his NXT 2.0 debut just hours before it happened, getting advice from Triple H and Shawn Michaels and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On finding out about his NXT 2.0 debut hours before the match took place: “I didn’t even know that I was scheduled to compete, or even who my opponent will be, until the very day itself. I was asked to be at the arena at 11am, and a couple of hours later, I was told that I would be making my debut facing Trey. There were only a couple more hours to prepare by then. I’ve known Trey as we’re all under the same umbrella of the WWE Performance Center, so we met and had a quick huddle to work out what we wanted to do in the match. Then it was like ‘good luck and see you later’.”
On being billed as WWE’s first Singaporean Superstar and having to change his style for the company: “I’ve been competing in Singapore for many years, and I found myself plateauing in terms of improvement. So I came into the Performance Center with an open mind to learn as many things as possible. Sometimes, I even had to un-learn what I’ve been taught in the past, and re-learn the basics again, just to get things right. My daily routine consists of ring trainings and gym sessions. On Sundays, we have what we call ‘style sessions’ whereby we watch footage and analyse what we did right or did wrong. On top of all these, we have training matches a couple of times a month. It’s a lot of things to learn, but it was really eye-opening for me.”
On getting input from Triple H and his childhood idol, Shawn Michaels: “I don’t exactly see him [Michaels] or Triple H every day, so whatever inputs that they might want to give me, it’s usually passed down to my coaches and then to me. But I’m comfortable living and training in Orlando with all the coaches. When I made my debut and entered the ring, I was surprised that I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I would. It has so far been a great experience.”
Check out the complete interview at Yahoo.com.
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