Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore, now working under the name nZo and his real name, Eric Arndt, spoke with Sports Illustrated this week ahead of his return to ring.
nZo has not wrestled a match since January 2018, when he was infamously released by WWE while still holding the Cruiserweight Championship, due to allegations of sexual misconduct and failing to inform the company of the potential charges against him.
He will step back into a wrestling ring on Friday, August 16 for the Northeast Wrestling promotion in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is looking to show the world a “reinvented” version of himself, unlikely anything fans came to expect from the loud-mouth Enzo character he portrayed on television.
“You’re going to see a wrestling match this Friday, unlike the Enzo you were used to seeing. I am reinventing myself, I’m rising from the ashes, and you’ll start to find out this Friday that the only thing real in this business are the money, the miles, and me.”
“The character of Enzo Amore, the one who people loved and loved to hate, was put in a casket after the ‘Phoenix’ music video. The guy getting back into the ring at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center this Friday is me. I played a character on a television show that elicited a greater reaction than the guys hitting high spots, but now I’m going to show people what I can do in the ring.”
During the interview, nZo discussed some of the major life changes and incidents that have had a significant impact on him recently, including the loss of his grandmother, as well as the physical and mental comeback of his former WWE tag team partner Big Cass, now working under the name CaZXL.
Catch nZo’s return to the ring this Friday night when he faces off against Brian Pillman Jr. for Northeast Wrestling, streaming live on the Highspots Wrestling Network.