Vickie Guerrero welcomed former WWE star Fred Rosser (aka Dareen Young) to her “Excuse Me” podcast this week.
Rosser walked about his life and career from his roots in New Jersey, his run in WWE, his debut as part of Nexus, being the first Superstar to publicly announce that he is gay, how he discovered pro wrestling, working with Titus O’Neil, Bob Backlund and what he is doing these days in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Darren Young talked about Vince McMahon and Bob Backlund: “I only had great experiences with WWE. When it comes to Vince McMahon, I’m not going to say a bad thing about Vince McMahon because he gave me that opportunity with Bob Backlund. The fans say the WWE threw that on me. Well, the tag team with Titus wouldn’t last forever so I needed a plan B. Once it was all said and done with Titus and I, I had done appearances with Bob Backlund. During my autograph signings, I don’t like to sit down. I like to stand up and engage with the fans. Bob Backlund does the same thing. Years before Titus and I split up, I’m thinking he (Backlund) was so energetic. I’m very calm, cool, and collected. I was thinking once I’m done with Titus, I want him to be my manager or my life coach. I said, ‘I’m going to write all that out.’ I took the idea from Mike Tyson and his former trainer. His trainer took him under his wing and showed him how to be a killer. I had a picture of Mike Tyson and his trainer and at the bottom it said focus. I had a friend make a graphic the same way of Bob Backlund and myself and I proposed it to Vince McMahon. Vince loved it. He contacted Bob Backlund personally. Vince McMahon had my back. It’s just unfortunate that some of the writers didn’t have my back. Everyone has their own agenda.”
You can listen to the entire interview via Apple Podcasts, Google Play and anywhere else where podcasts are heard.