VIDEO DOWNLOAD - Chris Hero Part 2 Shoot Interview
Chris Hero entered the WWE Developmental system in 2012 and was off and running from the second he stepped foot in the sunshine state. He worked with every top prospect under contract, including many who now headline WWE programming every Monday night on RAW, and appeared on the fast track to success. Fans followed along with excitement as it appeared that Hero's debut on RAW was not just a forgone conclusion, but imminent. As the months went by, and other young 'Superstars' were called up one by one as he was left behind, it became apparent that something just wasn't right. In our exclusive interview, Hero will tell you when he started to wonder if something was wrong, and how he reacted when he realized something needed to change.
Hero got to work with not just every top talent at NXT, but also developed a relationship with every trainer, WWE producer/agent and even Triple H himself. Chris detailed his relationship with every trainer and regular face at NXT, from Dusty Rhodes to Ricky Steamboat, William Regal, Joey Mercury, Norman Smiley and also the controversial Bill Demott. He witnessed the development of current WWE Superstars like Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Fandango, and Antonio Cesaro too name a few. In our interview, Chris goes through the entire cast of characters one at a time, and tells us what he witnessed and experiences with each and every one of them.
Hero spent nearly 2 years at WWE developmental, from his start at FCW in Tampa to the transition to the world-class developmental center in Orlando and for the first time ever, Chris takes through a day in the life of an aspiring wrestler under WWE contract at NXT. You will find out what happens from the second a young wrestler walks through the doors in the morning, to the moment they walk back out the doors and step into their cars. He will tell you who leads the training, and what training at NXT means from drills, to practice matches, to daily promo class where the superstars of tomorrow perfect every aspect of their game in hopes for a shot on the main roster.
Chris came into developmental with a brilliant resume, and relationships with many of the top stars in the game including multiple time WWE Champion CM PUNK. In this interview, Chris told us what his relationship with CM Punk is like today, and just what role if any Punk had in his hiring, and eventual dismissal. What was Punk's reaction? You'll find out in this interview.
Chris was able to give incredible insight on the inner workings of the WWE offices, and the grueling politics which exist on every level from NXT all the way up to the weekly grind at Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. He had a personal relationship with the man who has the future of World Wrestling Entertainment in his grips - Triple H. What's Triple H's role in the day to day workings of NXT? What does he look for in young superstars? What does he like to see and what pisses him off? What kind of advice did he give Chris what was Hero told during his very first meeting with Triple H at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY?
So many legends and WWE Hall of Famers walked through the doors at NXT from the Undertaker, to Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Jim Ross, Bret Hart and many many more. What kind of role do they take when they enter the facilities at NXT and what was Chris's interactions with each of those icons of the industry? He will break down the legends one by one and tell you what he experienced with each one.
What exactly goes on when you are offered a WWE contract and what are the requirements for you to actually sign and report to NXT? Do second generation superstars and future divas receive special treatment from the trainers? How are other indy legends like Sami Callihan, PAC and El Generico doing in their quest for Superstardom? What was Chris told when he first signed with the WWE, and did the company live up to it's promises? What happened when Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon first stepped foot in the new NXT facilities in Orlando? What's the deal with Bill Demott and are the accusations of his alleged inappropriate conduct true? These are just a few of the questions and topics that were covered.
As we learned almost from the first question we asked, Chris looks back on a majority of the time he spent in the WWE Developmental system with great fondness and he made a point to share some of his favorite stories from his time in the Sunshine State. Chris tells us his memories of each and every individual he shared a ring with and tells us who he thinks are going to be the next major stars on the road with the WWE.
In addition to his time in the WWE system, alot has happened since the first time RF Video sat down with Chris Hero back in 2005. While we couldn't cover everything that happened during the last 8 years of his illustrious career, there were several major topics we just had to ask him about in this interview. Among those topics we managed to squeeze in was his relationship with his long time friend or foe (depending on who you ask) Eddie Kingston, and the untimely and tragic passing of a man he considered to be his brother in "Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeney.
Finally, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't ask Chris to take us through his final days in the WWE system, and Hero didn't shy away from detailing every excruciating last day and even minute, right down to the moment he was asked to hand over his NXT badge and escorted out of the building. Chris will tell the world for the first time who delivered the message, when that message came, who was there when it happened, and his feelings when he realized his dream had been de-railed, at least for the time being. It couldn't have been easy for Chris to re-live that dark day, but he did so with class, integrity, and the dignity that when paired with his top notch talent made him not only one of the most popular wrestlers on the planet, but also one of the most respected, not just by the fans, but also his peers. RF Video is proud to be the first to speak with Chris after his release, and the five hours of tape that we recorded is an exclusive look into the NXT system and the life of Chris Hero that every fan needs to see.
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