Former NXT head trainer Bill DeMott recently appeared on The World According to Wrestling to discuss various topics. Here are the highlights.
On the success of NXT: “It’s an honor to have been involved in the beginning stages of it. I had a small part in the Performance Center and NXT and I’m happy and so proud to see where it’s going. They are just going crazy and from Paul / Triple H and everyone involved up-and-down and all the coaches, the work ethic is crazy with NXT. Watching them grow to the main roster and seeing what the girls were doing, it’s just been awesome and I couldn’t be prouder of how it worked out. It’s got to light a spark. I imagine that everyone who is at the Performance Center now or anyone who has a notion of wanting to join the Performance Center, that’s got to be an incentive because it’s all happening from there. It’s all happening from NXT.”
On women’s wrestling: “I’ve been in almost every development system there’s been and I remember years and systems where there were no women. The difference for me now is that these girls are athletes and they want to wrestle. Not only do they want to entertain but they want to wrestle. I think if they are given the opportunity to headline Raw, they are going to run with it. They are changing the face of sports entertainment now and the hard part is telling them they don’t have to do it all at once. And I think that’s what helped escalate NXT because two years ago the women’s division at the time wasn’t getting the opportunities on the two and three hour shows but on NXT they were featured. They answered the bell and when I was there I would put the women in that locker room up against any men’s locker room in the country.”
On a possible return to WWE: “Sure, I’m not the guy who says I have one more match in me. I don’t think I’d ever be that guy. I don’t think I’d turn it down if someone said “Hey we got the gimmick Battle Royal, do you wanna do it?” Yes, because it’d be fun but I’m not the guy who says I have another run in me. I am the guy who would love to be in the ring. I love to be around young talent. I love to be around talent that’s looking for another way to fix things or try things and I love training. I absolutely love wrestling and I take advantage of every opportunity from seminars to tryout camps and things like that and, if the opportunity ever comes again, you never say you’re not gonna do it because I’d be a liar but if it ever came up it’d be a serious conversation with my wife.”
You can listen to the interview here.