WWE artist Rob Schamberger recently spoke with Lee Sanders of The RCWR Show for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.
On if he still gets butterflies living his dream working with WWE: “No, I’ve been with them for 4 years now. The butterfly part is pretty much gone. Occasionally there will be, like I was working on some stuff behind the scenes and I met Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy. My first time meeting them, and I was taken back to when I first became a fan back in 1999. They were among my favorites. I was saying to myself, ‘I hope they are not jerks’. That was my only real worry cause I was such big fan of them. Turns out not to be the case at all. Jeff and I ended up spending time talking about painting techniques, and Matt was great too! Turns out Jeff watches the Canvas 2 Canvas videos I do for WWE. It was pretty surreal.”
On The Hardy Boyz’ surprise WWE return at WrestleMania: “I gotta say, it was a good thing there was no roof on that building cause the crowd reaction would have blow that right off! Also, I was there with my wife and best friend who I treated to the show. My best friend is a lawyer and with all the stuff revolving around the Hardyz he was like, ‘ok I’m really interested in this match.’ It was fun, really cool. He was really surprised, you know? New Day came out in their ring gear so people didn’t know how it was going down. Them possibly announcing they were gonna join in and then there were the Hardyz, and yeah! Again if there were a roof it would have been blown off!”
On The Undertaker’s WrestleMania “Farewell”: “My wife especially took it really, really hard. She was sobbing almost like a family member had just passed. When she and I first started dating, there was a Royal Rumble 2007 event. I invited her over to my friend’s place as we were having a watching party. She was like, ‘urg wrestling, whatever.’ She wanted to be the good girlfriend and she came over. First Ric Flair came out she was like, “wait! I’ve seen Ric Flair as a kid!” Then Undertaker came out and she was like, “is this the same Undertaker?” I said “yeah, same guy!”
“It turned out her dad loved wrestling grow up. He was a notorious cheapskate as back then with the cable box, you could turn the tv to the pay per view channel. You could hear ( the action ) it but otherwise there was no one on your TV. And so my wife’s favorite wrestler as a kid was the Undertaker. She had never actually seen him. She had only had heard of him. So he ended up winning that Rumble when she came over and over time through this common love in wrestling. I’ve become very close to my now father-in-law, and it actually strengthened our relationship. So to seen him potentially retire in front of us like at Wrestlemania 24 for Ric Flair’s retirement match… It was one of those moments when you realize how much this things directly affects you.”
Check out the complete Rob Schamberger interview at Spreaker.com.