WWE star Enzo Amore recently spoke with FOX Sports to promote WWE SummerSlam, and below are some interview highlights:
On how he got his start in WWE:
“My athletic trainer when I was playing high school football, college football was a guy named Joe DeFranco out of New Jersey and Triple H, you know he’s got the craziest schedule in the world, he was looking for a new athletic trainer that could work with him around his schedule, and Joe was a guy near the area – probably, if not the best, one of the best in the country,” Enzo said. “And I knew Joe since I was growing up, man, about 14 years old.
So when he first came to me and said ‘hey do you know this guy named Paul Levesque?’ My jaw nearly hit the ground. I mean, you’re talking about a kid who used to train at DeFranco’s and talk about becoming a WWE superstar his entire life and walked around in this persona. Enzo Amore, the guy you see on TV, existed in a gym in New Jersey long before he ever took to a TV screen. Here he is saying ‘hey do you know who Paul Levesque is?’ Call it destiny, call it whatever you want, basically what I was given was the opportunity of a lifetime to try out in WWE NXT – and by my saving grace I was given the opportunity to talk to Dusty Rhodes. I was handed a microphone and told ‘go, kid.’”
On his WWE Payback concussion:
“Well, the process began when I was sitting in a hospital and I went ‘what’s going on?’ and I looked up and I saw Big Cass and Sami Zayn standing there. And the doctor looked at me and said ‘you got hurt in your wrestling event.’
I had no idea what had happened, but luckily for me I work for the WWE, and by God’s saving grace I never had any post-concussion symptoms, no ill side-effects of this concussion that was almost a freak accident. But what we do in the ring is not ballet, this is dangerous. People have their fair share of injuries, but luckily for us in WWE some time off doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be taken care of or you’re not going to be getting paid or you’re not going to see the best doctors. I honestly believe that the WWE is the leader and/or ahead of all the other sports in concussion awareness and understanding what it does to guys. Understanding how serious an injury can be. They go by the right protocol, they set a parameter of what is a healthy brain and what isn’t. And while they’re learning so much more, I believe the WWE is leading the way in gaining that knowledge so that we can better prevent these things from causing ill side-effects in the future and so that our guys remain healthy and taken care.”