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Interview Recap - Brother Devon

Posted in Interview Recaps by Jack at 22:01, Jan 14 2006

By Hunter Shull

Jack and The OIB welcome Brother Devon of Team 3D to In Your
Head by asking him how he is doing. Devon says he is doing
great, just hungry. He notes that he has been dieting very
hard and working on his body since leaving WWE, in order to
show them what they lost.

A caller asks Devon who his influences were before getting
into wrestling, and Devon answers that Hulk Hogan was his
main hero growing up. Devon was captivated by Hogan,
especially after Rocky 3.

Devon believes that the One Night Stand PPV was great
because it gave the fans something that they had been asking
for. It was also great because it got all of the boys back
together, although there were guys Devon wished could?ve
been there but weren?t. Devon feels that One Night Stand
recaptured the spirit of ECW very well, which didn?t
surprise him, and was a proper sendoff for the company.

Devon is not surprised the ECW chants have lasted so long
after the company?s closing because ECW helped change the
business and caused the WWF to push the envelope during the
attitude era. He calls ECW fans the most hardcore fans in

Devon doesn?t think that a full-time return of ECW would
be a good idea. ?We?re getting older, banged up,? He
says. He also believes that the newer wrestlers are not as
tough as the older wrestlers, and are not being taught how
to do hardcore matches the proper way. All of the table,
chair spots, etc. have to make sense, according to Devon.
Also, back then ECW?s goal was to the the 3rd biggest
group in the country. That goal wouldn?t be there anymore
because Vince would be in charge.

Devon discussed leaving ECW for the WWF. He didn?t want
to leave ECW, because he felt loyal toward Paul, and was
also being paid very well, but was excited about the
opportunity. Also, he had heard bad stories from other guys
who had gone to the WWF. Devon told Paul that he and Bubba
would stay in ECW for only one dollar more, but Paul
refused. Devon didn?t understand this at the time, but now
knows it was because Vince was backing ECW and the two
companies were swapping talent.

Devon feels he made the right move by going to the WWF in
1999, and also made the right move by recently jumping to
TNA. He feels that something big is about to happen with the
company, and is happy to be a part of it. He is excited
about his upcoming match with AMW at TNA Final Resolution,
and he calls AMW the best team in wrestling right now, along
with MNM.

At age 33, Devon feels that he hasn?t reached his prime
yet, and may one day give a singles career another shot.
First though, he must accomplish everything he can possibly
accomplish in the tag team division, which includes holding
the NWA Tag Team Titles.

Devon was offended by Vince McMahon?s racial slur at
Survivor Series. He notes that there has always been racism
in wrestling, remembering Paul Orndorff making a comment
about Mr. T leading up to Wrestlemania 1. Devon says that
Gorilla Monsoon?s ?Pearl Harbor? line was probably
offensive to Japanese, but doesn?t believe that Gorilla
meant it that way. Devon has dealt with a lot of closet
racists throughout his career.

When asked about his battle with WWE over the Dudley
trademarks, Devon says that they stopped them from using
tables and the 3D at one show, but the bottom line is that
the WWE can?t stop them from making a living. He calls it
?sad? that the WWE would try to prevent him and Devon
from using their signature moves and look. It?s ok with
him though, because he wanted a new look anyway, and has
hated the glasses ever since ECW.

Devon believes his singles run as Brother D-Von wasn?t
successful because he had three obstacles in front of him.
First, he had been a tag team wrestler for 6 years, and
needed time to adjust. Secondly, even though both of his
parents were ministers, it was hard for him to portray that
character. Thirdly, he had to guide Batista, who was very
inexperienced at the time. In Devon?s opinion, the
character went downhill after Paul Heyman took control of
the writing from Bruce Pritchard, and started handing Devon
two-page scripts, instead of letting him improvise. Devon
really liked the character and wished it had been given more

Devon says that nobody in TNA has come to him complaining
about Team 3D being too stiff in the ring. It was hard to
get the ?watch your back? mentality out of their heads,
but they have been extremely humble in TNA, and told the
other wrestlers to come talk to them if they were
uncomfortable with anything.

Devon closes the interview by running down the matches for
Final Resolution and saying that at this PPV the fans are
going to see the ECW version of the Dudleys, and perhaps
even flaming tables. Jack tells Devon that he may be
competition for Don West?s hard sell, and Devon jokes that
he is preparing for his career after the ring.

This interview, along with the first hour featuring Buff
Bagwell and more information on how to enter the In Your
Head Royal Rumble Contest, is available for listen and
download at www.inyourheadonline.com and
www.audiowrestling.com. And please join us next week for DDP !!
Special thanks to IYH fan Hunter Shull for writing these recaps !!

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