Love him or hate him, Enzo Amore has become one of the most controversial names attached to the pro wrestling business in many years.
PW’s own Doug Enriquez caught up with the two-time Cruiserweight Champion this weekend at Wizard World Chicago comic-con to discuss his life since WWE, upcoming projects, the possibility of seeing him in a wrestling ring again some day, and more! Enzo also gave his very first comments on the situation with his old rival Adrian Neville, who was recently released from his contract with WWE after more than ten months.
You can listen to the full interview above.
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What’s goin on Enzo?
“I am entertainment’s hottest free agent, without a shadow of a doubt. If the resume I’ve put on television for all you fans isn’t enough to tell you that, I don’t know what is. If you didn’t believe before, I’m gonna make you believe now. As Ric Flair would say, ‘You wanna believe in something, believe in me.'”
What have you been working on since leaving WWE?
“I’m having the time of my life and I’m still getting opportunities through my social media platforms to engage with and meet fans that supported me. That’s what means the most to me, is still being able to provide content. Video content, audio, and so many things that I’m working on, and in the midst of working on.”
“I have the opportunity of a lifetime because nobody in the history of our business has ever been fired with the title around their waist, with as much momentum swinging in their favor as I have. When you have 1.2 million followers on social media, and then add Twitter into it, and Instagram on top of that, you’re looking at like 2.5 million plus. Nobody in our business ever has been fired with that platform, and the fans supporting them. I have the opportunity of a lifetime to do something that has never been done before.”
So what’s next for post-wrestling Enzo Amore? Or rather, “real1”.
“How I react right now, what I do right now will define me, not the wrestling business. I just opened up a brand new chapter of my life, and my next step is my best step. My next breath is my best breath. I’m looking forward to being able to say what I want, when I want, and break all the rules.”
“There are no rules in what I’m doing right now. I’m the first person to ever do it. There’s no rules. No one has ever done what I’m doing right now. No one has ever been in this position. If they fired somebody who was at their prime right now, who had a million followers, okay. But that has yet to be seen, and hasn’t been done by anybody [else].”
“I’m having the time of my life right now, because it’s the first time in six years that I’ve been outside of the WWE. I made that my life. Not having relationships, not being with women, being away from family – for five years! It’s a ton of sacrifice.”
“In life, I’m big on the book by Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich. When you’re 185 pounds and 5-foot-10 and you you want to be one of the biggest stars in the WWE nobody tells you that you’re gonna do it. Everybody tells you that you can’t do it, and there’s no way for me to tell you how to pursue your happiness, because I took the road less traveled on my pursuit of happiness. I know that when you make one thing, definite in your mind – a goal – that thought is more important than IQ. EQ is more powerful than IQ, and my EQ is off the charts.”
So how do you feel about WWE after all this?
“Opportunity to speak, articulate my words, my thoughts – to emote is a gift from god, and I refuse to let that gift go to waste. Since the WWE decided to part ways with me, I could have went a million different directions and I could have been upset or bitter, but I don’t have a bad thing to say about the WWE because they gave me all these opportunities. I owe them a debt of gratitude, but I also understand that I’m a radical in that world, and they can’t house this type of energy any longer. I’m off the charts with my energy, with my message, and I have a lot to say. I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”
Anything specific to announce?
“Major opportunities in film, music and cartoons, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open. I know what I’m about to do, but then again, I knew what I was about to do in the WWE and nobody else did. It’s easy for me to try and sit here and try and explain it, but I’d rather just have you guys watch.”
Any possibility of seeing you back in the ring some day?
“I had an opportunity to play in Snoop Dogg’s charity football game for a cause that I held near and dear to my heart with the WWE. Sugan G. Komen, if you remember I was very involved in that. And now I have an opportunity to still give back and provide a means to auction off wrestling items and raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer.”
“I did it was Snoop Dogg, and TMZ asked me that day if I’ll ever wrestle again and I said, “Not in a million years. There’s no amount of money.’ That has no changed. Is there a chance you see me in a wrestling ring again? Yes. On a wrestling promotion? No. In a movie? In a television series? Yeah, and I think that’s what wrestling fans want to see. I think that we have the opportunity of a lifetime with the knowledge I have and the fans that I’ve garnered to give them that. We’re working on that right now. I don’t want to give away too many details, but the odds of you seeing me back in a ring again are pretty good, just not in a promotion.”
So after 10 months of having his contract frozen, Neville, someone you’re very familiar with in the ring and behind the scenes, has finally been released from WWE. Any thoughts?
“I wrestled Kalisto and I lost the title to him in a Lumberjack Match. Remember that? That was because Neville didn’t show up to TV that day.”
“I rode with Neville on the road since FCW, Florida Championship Wrestling. I picked his brain, and I learned show much from him that you can’t even believe it. People don’t realize that me and Neville road with each other every day until we started feuding, and then we switched cars. From there on out as the champion I rode by myself. That’s advice I got from ‘Stone Cold’. Don’t trust anybody, and ride by yourself.”
“Neville, I think he’s happier now than he’s ever been. He’s with his wife back home in England. He spent years and years dedicating his life and building NXT. We can never repay him enough for the time he spent in NXT, and what he was able to do for that product. And then on top of that, 205 Live. He was one of the greatest workhorses the company’s seen in the past decades. He was on the road more than any other WWE Superstar when he was on 205 Live and he was booked Friday to Tuesday. We owe that guy a debt of gratitude.”
“That guy isn’t like me and you – he’s not money motivated. These American cultures don’t influence his mind and his decision-making. He physically wanted to be the best because he took pride in his work. He loved being in the ring and I hope to see him in a ring again. I know there’d be a lot of money out there for a Cruiserweight Championship rematch, wouldn’t there?”