Former WWE Star Speaks On If He Got A Fair Shake, Perception Of TNA, More
The following are highlights from a recent Busted Open Satellite radio show interview with Cliff Compton:
On the importance of The Monster Factory in 2014: “It’s important because it’s a name that everybody knows if you’re in the wrestling business. Especially the guys in the WWE. For example if you said to Triple H, have you ever heard of The Monster Factory?, He’s gonna say of course I have. He went to Killer Kowalski’s school way back. But Larry’s name and The Monster Factory have a good reputation as opposed to someone just walking around saying I trained with some random guy out in the middle of no where who just took his money and showed him a few moves. Unfortunately that’s what happens. The Monster Factory has a great reputation. So if you drop that name and you train there, they know you’re legit. I know Brisco (Jerry) was just there looking at some of the talent and he brought some guys down to the Performance Center. I just come in for the shows and cause trouble so. It’s a great place. It is what it is. I can’t say enough positive things about it. When I started there, the training was hard. It wasn’t easy, I won’t lie. But I stuck through it and I gradually moved on. It was a great place to come from. Cause whenever anyone asks where did you start, you said The Monster Factory and they always said, ‘Oh, really?’ That’s good to have.”
On his experience working in WWE: “I can’t complain. I don’t think the WWE is a bad place at all. I think people who talk bad about it and stuff like that are just people who maybe didn’t have the best experience. And, like I said, that happens sometimes. It’s unfortunate. Some guys get a bad break. Some guys get a better break. I had a good time there. You get to travel the world and you make really good money. You get toys of yourself and what not. You can’t really explain wrestling, the business to anything else. You can’t really relate it to anything else. It’s a live weekly show. It’s go-go-go. Numbers here, numbers there. So I enjoyed my time there. I don’t think it’s a bad place. Some people will tell ya oh it’s all ‘everyone’s out to get you’ and this and that. But I don’t really subscribe to that theory. I think that everyone’s going to have their own opinion. There were certain things I didn’t like but for the most part I thought it was a great place. I mean it was what I wanted to do. It’s a very high goal to set for yourself and I set it. And I was going to do whatever it took to get there. But not everyone makes it. So that’s what sucks. (Laughs).”
On if he feels he and his partner got a fair shake in WWE as Deuce & Domino: “Yeah, I mean we did our act together for almost two years in OVW, signed into developmental. We really had it the way we wanted it and when we got to the WWE, they tweaked it a little. They changed it to the way they wanted it. Vince had always seen it as eventually a babyface gimmick, but then we were promised certain things and then certain things didn’t happen. And it just kind of faded away. I wasn’t really happy with the way it ended but looking back, I had no choice. It wasn’t in my control. Certain things were happening behind the scenes and what not. It is what it is. I’ll always be proud of it for what it was. There’s still Deuce and Domino fans. There’s still some detractors. But whatever. For what it was it was successful. They were behind it and they liked it. So for what it was, I can’t complain.”
On what happened to him being in the Aces And Eights group in TNA: “I was working a lot on the Indies and a lot in OVW. And I was on an Indy show with Al Snow, who was at the time, I guess an agent down there but he had moved up to the talent department. And he said long story short that they were looking to make a group of ex-WWE guys to come in and do something. So I went down there and did a dark match with Crimson and it went fine. And then I went back and it turned out they were having severe budget issues. And they were going to have these guys come out in masks that were going to lead to Aces and Eights. And they said why fly you into Louisville when we can just use a local guy and put him under a mask? So I just said okay, whatever. (Laughs) That’s what they did do for the first couple of months then I didn’t really follow what happened. It went on forever and it might still be going on. I don’t know. And then I was gonna do something else. I didn’t really have much interest in going there not because I didn’t like it or anything. I just was happy to do my own thing. It seemed like there was more talk of what was going to go on with the actual company than–there was a lot of drama it seemed like. Especially now with people saying it’s for sale and all that.”
On what the perception of TNA is on the indy wrestling scene: “Well, every wrestler out there, their goal is to go to the WWE. And anyone who says differently is lying. If TNA offered them a job, I’m not saying don’t take it. I’m just saying with what’s been going on lately. From what I heard it was for sale and then it wasn’t for sale. And then there was severe financial problems; they’re off the road and back in Orlando. It just seems like there was a lot of commotion behind the scenes. And that can’t be good for the show. I haven’t seen the show; I don’t even really know who’s on the show. A lot of my friends work there but I don’t know. AJ Styles was there for what how long? Ten years? And he decided not to go back. Yeah, he was at the ROH show the other night! And he decided not to go back. So obviously something must be a little weird. If a guy like that who’s been almost their poster boy for 11 years doesn’t go back; something must be up. I don’t know. You hear so many different things; that this guy is going to buy it or this guy is going to buy it. But who knows? I just think with WWE that’s where everybody wants to go. It’s not going anywhere. I think WWE will always be around; whether it’s really popular or maybe dips down a little like it does sometimes. It’s a huge business and with the PG stuff they have been able to get a lot of big time corporate sponsors lately. So that’s where the money is. And they’re smart. They cater a little more to kids now which some of the die-hard wrestling fans might not like but it’s a business. People forget that wrestling is a business and they have to do what they have to do to make money otherwise there won’t be a WWE. And you can see in the past; companies that were around, aren’t around anymore. They weren’t the best business savvy people.”
Check out the complete interview online at Facebook.com/BustedOpen.