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Road Dogg on Adam Cole: “If he was Karrion Kross’ size, he would be Universal Champion right now”

WWE Hall Of Famer “Road Dogg” Brian James is the guest this week on Corey Graves’ “After The Bell” podcast. Here are some of the highlights:

Road Dogg talking about becoming a writer in WWE: “About a year after I got sober, I went to Atlanta for my father’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. I got a chance to look people in the eye for the first time sober, and a little more mature than when I left the last time. I got a chance to look at Vince, and Kevin, Taker and Rock and some of these people I feel I had done a little wrong. I got a chance to make amends and let them know in person that I’m doing well. About a month after that, Hunter called and said remember how we did DX backstage and skits? We would spitball ideas. Hunter said, do you want to do this again? I said yes. I came on as an agent, putting together matches. Vince saw I did have some television knowledge and had a vision. I’m not scared to tell you my vision. When they heard that, they thought I should be on the creative side.”

On the idea of controlling the story of the characters: “If their idea is better than mine, I will always go with theirs. That’s actually something I learned from Vince McMahon. He said even if their idea is not as good as yours, but it gets you to the same place, let them have their way because it empowers them. Look, I would love to come up with the story or the angle and let the talent fill in the blanks, but there’s very few talent, I’m not saying there was more back then. I didn’t know about this part back then. I didn’t know whether they let you go, gave you some rope, and either zip line to the other side or you hung yourself. There is some talent now that you can trust to fill in the blanks and there is definitely some talent you can’t trust.”

Road Dogg said the wrestlers should check their script: “A lot of wrestlers will get their promo and say, ok, cool, I like this. Well, it’s your character. If I’m going to put my product on the shelf, I sure want the label facing the viewer, facing the shopper. I want to present it the best way I can. So if you’re a wrestler and you have a 10-minute segment where it’s a promo and a match, and you don’t take the time to make sure it is the best it could possibly be, that isn’t on the writer, that isn’t on Vince McMahon as much as you would like to put it there so you can be talent friendly. That’s on the talent.”

Road Dogg talking about Adam Cole being his favorite: “Adam Cole is the most professional and most talented. He gets it. He gets every aspect of it. He could cut a promo. He is one of the guys where you tell him I need you to do a minute, and that’s all you say to him. He gives you a minute of hiccupless verbiage that makes you go, ok, that was perfect, thank you, every single time. That’s Adam Cole in a nutshell. He’s also a great worker, he has a great psychology. If he was Karrion Kross’ size, he would be the Universal Champion right now, and if he wasn’t, I would be wondering why. That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s the kind of human he is.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit After The Bell with Corey Graves with a h/t to for the transcription


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