Former WWE star and a former Money in the Bank winner Damien Sandow who is also a former WWE Tag Team Champion recently talked about his new position as a manager in the NWA. He also talked about some of the main event talents of the promotion.
Damien Sandow is mostly famous for his run in WWE from 2011 to 2016 and he became very famous among the professional wrestling fans under his stunt double gimmick. But it is not much remembered or known by the WWE fans that he had a short run in WWE before joining the WWE in 2010. He was a member of the SmackDown roster under his ring name Idol Stevens. But the gimmick flopped badly and he faced a release soon after.
Damien Sandow Discusses His New Role As Manager In NWA
In 2010 he returned to WWE and started working on the development Territory of the way back in the time which was the Florida Championship Wrestling. After working for two years in the FCW he made his return to the main roster in 2012 as a heel.
He kept on working as a heel and teamed up with Cody Rhodes later on. They were known as the Rhodes-Scholars. He even won the money in the bank ladder match to get a World Heavyweight championship contract in 2013. But he was failed to win the title while cashing it in.
In 2014 he got a new gimmick where he impersonated other characters. On the same year he teamed up with the Miz and started playing the stunt double gimmick of the Miz. He became extremely popular while playing this character.
There was a time when he was one of the most popular stars of WWE while playing this gimmick. But after he stopped impersonating the Miz WWE could not book him properly and in 2016, he was released from WWE. He is currently working on the NWA after remaining Absent from the world of professional wrestling for three years.
Damien Sandow who is also a former WWE Tag Team Champion recently spoke to the Tyrus and Timpf podcast where he talked about his new position as a manager in the NWA. He also talked about some of the main event talents of the promotion. He said;
Here’s what’s going on like with every athlete: We had the conversation about three weeks ago or maybe it was a month ago about the [Ric] Flair ‘Last Match’. I’m at a point in my career and not that I’m even close to what Ric Flair was in the ring, but it was presented to me that, ‘Hey, you should manage’ and personally, in a subjective business like pro wrestling where I have — and again, I’m not trying to sound funny now.
“I’m actually being serious for a second — where people have said, ‘Oh, you’re this, you’re that, you should be here, you should be the champion, you should be the top heel,’ whatever. I never quite got that from the office, right? Or the bosses for whatever reason, one reason or another and I’m not blaming external factors. People can say one thing and reality is a different situation.
“My thing was though, I’ve always kind of been able to get the crowd to do exactly what I want them to do when I want them to do it and not really no enemies that I’ve known of. It was just really frustrating so I was like, well, is this manager thing — when it was presented to me, is this just a cop out?
“Is this saying, okay, I’m not what I was in the ring? And that’s a very, very hard thing and I know that’s the first time in my career when I was forced to look at that and you know, like with all of us, we have to kind of honestly assess ourselves and that’s kind of what I’m doing right now.
Damien Sandow continued, “Even now, because there’s — I’m not even in the conversation to be a top NWA talent and frankly, there are talents that are being discussed that in my opinion, they can’t even lace my boots. Straight up. But I don’t know what the hell I have to do or maybe is it from a marketing standpoint, I am just really good at this particular role? But the ‘selfish’ thing [Stevens needing to be more selfish with his career], again, I’m not a dick. I really try not to be but, you know what? I think I needed to hear that so thank you all.”
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