Former Nexus Member Talks Issues With John Cena, Why Angle Fizzled Out, Being Homeless, TNA, More
Source: Wrestling Heels RadioFormer Nexus member Michael Tarver recently appeared on Wrestling Heels Radio. They sent us these highlights from the interview, you can download and listen to the entire episode by clicking here.
When he realized he wanted to become a wrestler: "I remember as a kid growing up watching. One of my favorite moments was a match between Eddie Gueuerro and I think it was Kurt Angle. I think it was SmackDown. Match was finished, and he lost the match but got a standing ovation when he stood up. I was amazed. And knew I was extremely interested in that moment. It spoke to me."
Signing with WWE developmental (FCW): "When I signed the contract I was homeless. I literally was homeless. I had just come out of a very rough situation personally. I was working three jobs around the clock and training, body-building and wrestling. Traveling two days a week. I wasn't sleeping. I had to choose between saving money and getting an apartment or paying child support to take care of my children. I chose the latter of the two. I would drive to Philly (an eight hour drive from OH) just to get a shot to work with PWX.
"So when I got that contract, I cried. It was surreal. I never thought anything like that could happen to me in my life. I was literally sleeping in my truck or on a friend's couch. The contract became effective two days before my birthday in 2008. I moved from OH to Tampa FL that month and it happened to be the week of Wrestlemania 28. When I got that I found myself on with. the Big Show. I literally went from being homeless to being on WrestleMania. I didn't expect it. I was feeling something big was coming because things were starting to go right but I never would have thought in a million years it would be WWE. I was very, very thankful for it. And every year I was on WWE I made it my goal to work arder than everyone else and not let it ever be said anyone worked harder than me. I'd stay after practice sometimes. Sometimes turn the lights off. I worked hard to keep this opportunity to take care of my children that I would never ever thought I'd get."
His reaction when he was going to be put into the Nexus angle: "Well, we didn't know. We had no idea about the Nexus until the night it debuted. And there it is. The idea came from a SmackDown episode. WWE is entertainment, but Wade Barrett is a legitimate, natural-born leader. He was approached with something that ended up becoming the Nexus. He approached us and he handled ambiance and told us to go out and destroy everything. And if we did not destroy everything we would get fired and lose our jobs. Told us not to tell anyone. No one was supposed to know. We got back there that night in Miami. And we destroyed everything. It was a very special weekend. The night before that was my daughter's birthday. It was a very special experience. I am very thankful for that experience."
What caused the Nexus angle to fizzle out: "There's always something going on backstage, but what's important is the product. The product is the most important hing. Well, really the fans are the most important things. But regardless of what's going on backstage it's about what you do in that ring in front of the cameras. We did everything we could. The Nexus was a wonderful story line and great opportunity.