Curt Hawkins Shoot Interview
Curt was a huge wrestling fan growing up as we discuss his days as a WWE fan which led him to get trained for the very first time by the late and great Chris Candido and Ball Mahooney camp which was run by Frank Goodman. You will hear how he went on to get trained by Mikey Whipwreck and his time in NYWC until Tommy Dreamer discovered him and got him a try out with Zack Ryder in the WWE. Curt tells a great story on how he had got signed to a WWE contract but had to finish his semester of college before he would be able to leave for the WWE Deep South school and you won’t believe what he did to finish off the semester and how he never went to another class for a few months after he got the deal but stayed on campus.
Once Curt got signed to the WWE it was off to one of the most brutal and still to this day talked about WWE developmental territories the Deep South office run by Jody Hamilton and Bill Demott. We talk about the grueling schedule and drills that Bill had him do. We talk about all the rumors on how Bill was as a trainer and even touch on the Kevin Matthews and Bill Demott hate issues. You will hear first hand on how Deep South got shut down the day Johnny Ace surprised the camp and told them he was closing everything down with in 30 minutes as he pulled up a Uhaul with Mike Bucci AKA Nova and told them to take everything down and that if anyone returned to the camp they would be fired!!! Curt was told to meet Johnny Ace at hooters to find out his fate the same day which was to debut in ECW.
You will hear what it was like the first time he was at TV for the company and what it was like not to be able to change in the locker room. What happened when he went up to the Undertaker and asked permission to change in the locker room. You will hear about how Chris Benoit took him under his wing at TV. What happened the first time that Curt and Zack Ryder did TV when they went into the locker room of the vets and put their bags in there not knowing protocol and what did Bob Holly do to them and who saved their lives. This interview just gets better and better as Curt talks about forming the team with Zack Ryder and how they came up with the idea to be with Edge as this was their own idea that they pitched to Michael Hayes and Edge that got over with the office. He talks about working with Edge and how much of an incredible talent he was to work with and what he learned with him. Curt talks about working with Ric Flair and HBK and what happened the night that Flair bled all over him in that Smackdown cage match and what happened in the locker room before and after the match. Do you want to know what happened the night that Batista invited the top guys to his house in Tampa for a party and Curt just happened to be in the car with CM Punk his best friend and what did Batista do when he opened the door? Why was Miz banned from changing in the locker room for a year? Curt talks about the rise and fall of his tag team with Zack Ryder and why the office might not have got behind Zack Ryder and we discuss his best friends youtube show and what ramifications it cost him over the years. Trust me we get into some great stories here, including his own cartoon series that he was apart of that got him some heat with Tyler Reks..How did Curt come up with the gimmick to carry the cane to the ring and who did he steal that from?
Curt talks about working down for FCW on his own dime and why he went there when WWE had nothing for him. Vince McMahon was behind a major push that Curt was about to get from the advise of HHH, as they gave him a new gimmick. You will hear one of the craziest weeks of his life on how he got the news that he was going back on the road full time for Smackdown, to getting a new action figure and about to get the push of his life, backed by Vince himself only to have everything get yanked from him when he showed up at TV because his partner had quit the company... and so much more!