Following his release last week Sandow opened up in his first interview with RollingStone.Com about his feelings on release, his “thank you tour” and what the future holds for him.
Take me through what happened last week, when you received the phone call from WWE.
First of all, I know a lot of people within the wrestling community were a little surprised. With me, I was more grateful for my time there. Looking back, I had a great four years there. The truth of it is, as a performer, the goal is to get the audience to feel something, to evoke some kind of emotion. In the WWE, from the second I debuted, there was an extreme feeling of dislike towards me. They really did not like me from the second I came on. Which was huge. A lot of guys spend years and years trying to get that kind of a reaction. They gave me the platform to do that character. Then, as time went on, especially with the Mizdow thing, the fans went from hating me to loving me. The crowd invested as me as a person. I never thought that I’d get that level of popularity as far as being cheered. As a performer, in that genre, the only thing we can ask for is fan response, especially genuine fan response. It’s the most satisfying thing. In reviewing my WWE career, which I did instantly when the call came, I was just grateful, and excited for the future.
After several months of dressing up as different people, you finally found a consistent role as Miz’s stunt double. What was your first thought when you were told about the idea?
Honestly, my first thought was, “Oh my god, I hope I don’t have to pay for all the clothes that he buys.” Luckily, we had the black coats, and that was the M.O. for a while [laughs]. No, really, I was wondering if this was going to be a one-time thing or if we were really going with this. After about two or three weeks, when they finally decided that we were going to be together, I really got to dig into it. From there, I remember we were on Raw, he fell down in the ring, and I had the notion, “Oh, what if I fell down.” I did it, and then boom, off to the races.Could you see yourself returning to wrestling on a full-time basis, whether that’s in a company like TNA, ROH, Lucha Underground, or somewhere else?
When you say full-time, full-time in the WWE is very different than full-time elsewhere. I am not going to rule out anything. I don’t want to limit myself. It’s not like when I finish up my “Thank You Tour,” I’m going to be burning my boots. It is an aspect of performance, and if I can use whatever avenue to perform. If the fans want it, and they’re digging it, if it coincides with whatever project I decide to take, then I’m open to anything. It’s a very exciting time, and I’m not opposed to performing in a wrestling ring. You never know.
As you’ve now come to see, Damien Sandow was released from the WWE last week. He’s already back on the horse, though with bookings coming through!
First up, on June 11th in Keyport, NJ, Damien (..Aaron?) will be making his debut for Wrestle Pro/GFW. Can you make it to the show? If yes, definitely go, we’re sure it’ll be a treat!
On paper, the victors may have seemed obvious since The Dudley Boyz are the most decorated tag team in sports-entertainment history. However, at the Royal Rumble Kickoff, Jack Swagger & Mark Henry picked up the win in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match that secured them a place in the Royal Rumble Match for the All-American collegiate and The World’s Strongest Man.
Swagger & Henry were forced to fend off not only The Dudley Boyz, but also The Ascension as well as Darren Young & Damien Sandow. With tensions running high, The All-American American jumped into the ring first for his team. Eventually animosities boiled over, and all four teams stormed the ring. Shortly after the official took control of the match and brought the ring action back to just two teams, Bubba Ray nearly pinned Viktor, until Swagger broke things up at the two-count. It was the first of two occasions that The All-American American would interrupt a pending three-count; the second time, however, allowed his partner Henry to take full advantage. The World’s Strongest Man tagged in and leveraged his considerable weight and power against Viktor for the win.
Though victory in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match to kick off the Royal Rumble would certainly produce an abundance of laurels to rest upon, Swagger and Henry were far from content. The win meant that each Superstar had their ticket punched to the Royal Rumble Match itself, and would compete to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Everyone’s favorite Gamer Gauntlet commentator returns to UpUpDownDown in this episode of Superstar Savepoint. WWE’s Damien Sandow a.k.a. Sizzle joins Austin Creed to play some Trials Fusion while discussing his personal history with video games and martial arts while dropping both rhymes and Star Wars references.