Wesley Blake

Wesley Blake Reflects On Starting Out In WWE, Splitting With Murphy (Video)

Wesley Blake recently appeared as a guest on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast for an in-depth interview with Nick Hausman covering all things pro wrestling.

During his appearance on the popular pro wrestling program, the former WWE Superstar spoke about starting out at the WWE Performance Center with Murphy, how Alexa Bliss played a big factor in them being split up and how they could reunite on the independent wrestling scene now that they are working outside of WWE.

Featured below are some highlights from the interview.

On being tied to the hip with Murphy since first starting out at the WWE Performance Center together: “We both got started on the same day at the Performance Center. It was July 8, 2013, and we were the first group of class that came into the PC. We actually met at our tryouts at FCW, and there was going to be only one guaranteed contract given out. Murphy happened to be that person. And that’s when our friendship began. Since he was a foreigner, he was looking for friends to show him around. We hit it off, and started riding on the road together.

“It wasn’t until eight or nine months in when Matt Bloom pulled me aside and asked me, ‘what do you think about tagging with Buddy?’ At that time, the thought never occurred to me, but I said, ‘I would love to.’ And so, that night at a promo class, Dusty Rhodes said, ‘come back tomorrow with Murphy and we’ll put you two in front of a camera.’ I called Buddy and we were so excited. And before you know it, we started doing live events together as a tag team.”

“Just to illustrate on how passionate we were to succeed…at the time, we didn’t have matching gear like kick pads, shorts and stuff. So, I remember borrowing someone else’s white shorts and boots just so we could look cohesive as a team. Once that happened, the ball started rolling. We got the Match of the Year and when we first came out of Full Sail, we had a dark match with Lucha Dragons and got a bunch of great feedback. They loved our look, vibe, and chemistry. We both had the same level of intensity and things just clicked. People watching us could tell we had a real connection and friendship. And when that exudes on TV, people could really get behind us.”

On the possibility of reuniting with Murphy on the independent wrestling scene: “Yes, absolutely. That could be a future opportunity if it presents itself. Murphy and I are still keep in contact with each other.”

On Alexa Bliss’ singles run having a lot to do with his initial split from Murphy in WWE: “I guess it’s just what creative wanted. Once we dropped the NXT Tag Titles, they wanted to split Alexa away from us, so she could have her singes run. We were very happy for her because we knew she was going to be star. And so, we were still tagging but not getting any traction. We weren’t having any storylines on NXT, and then they slowly started putting us in singles matches. At one point, we were at odds and unsure if we’re still a team or not. And then eventually, they said Samoa Joe was going to come lay us out during a match. At the time, Buddy and I pitched the idea of wrestling each other, in a best-of-three or best-of-five series. But they didn’t want that. So, I just started doing my Beautiful Blake character and he moved onto 205 Live.”

Watch the complete Wesley Blake interview from the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast via the YouTube video embedded below.


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