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Jeremiah Riggs Comments On Issue With Dusty Rhodes, Phoniness Of FCW Talent

Tough Enough contestant Jeremiah Riggs appeared on Hit The Ropes Radio (interview available at, beginning in the second hour). He discussed his time on the USA Network reality series, as well as his recent stop in Florida Championship Wrestling. Interview highlights are as follows:

On the promo he cut in FCW that led to an issue with Dusty Rhodes: “I don’t know the whole system on how, I guess, things work around here. If you give somebody a microphone and you tell them they’ve got one minute, go have fun, hey this is your time, do what you need to do. And you’ve got a guy who goes out there, bar none…there’s nothing about Jeremiah Riggs that is like anybody else. I don’t have to be the next Stone Cold, I don’t need to be the next Triple H, I don’t need to do anything but be the one and only up-and-coming, Jerry Riggs.

“That’s the only thing I care about. So after I do what I do, we’re having a daggone good time. I might have dropped an F-bomb but hey, I didn’t see a big deal in that and I didn’t do it again once I was told not to do it. Man, I’m having fun. Even after the altercation with me and Dusty, or whatever he wanted to do, I sat down on the chair, put my hat on my knee and started laughing and said ‘Guys, I’m just having fun.’ I don’t want ya’ to think that I’m being pissy but hey, man, don’t someone just going to run over me. I even told them, ‘It ain’t no disrespect.’ It ain‘t nothing like that. I’m just saying. It would have been better if I had some guidelines.”

On phoniness in FCW: “Sometimes locker rooms are just like beauty parlors. It’s nothing but a bunch of drama and a bunch gossip. I like to consider myself away from that stuff. That’s like after the promo stuff. Don’t shake my hand and then whenever something goes down walk past me like, ‘I don’t know that dude.’ That’s phony. That’s being fake to me.”

On having the opportunity to do Tough Enough and wrestling thus far: “I enjoyed the opportunity. I am very pleased to be apart of what I been apart of. Never dreamed in a million years I would have been apart of anything like that. And I pride myself on that. Like I said, we’ll see what happens. I’m not promising anything. I’m not writing books and stuff about it but we’ll see what happens down the road. I’m not a fortune teller.”

Other Interview Topics

* Says he’ll give Seth Rollins his two minutes of radio time before responding to Rollins’ claim that he was “10 words from getting his ass kicked.”

* Names his favorite wrestlers growing up.

* Speaks of his time in the military, doing a tour in Afghanistan.

* Mentions whether or not he would go to TNA if they came to him.

* Talks of how injuries played a part in Tough Enough and thinks they should separate the ladies from the guys.

  • JIR

    Sounds like guy is being honest about who he is and what he wants rubbed someone the wrong way and/or came off as arrogant which led to him not being there

  • Bill

    @CC, what I’m trying to say is essentially what TheMark just said. I read on another site that he heavily criticized Bill DeMott, & the way he said all of this makes him come off as if he feels that he was wasted talent by WWE when in reality he wasn’t.

  • Sean Mooney

    No wonder he and Luke were such good friends.

  • Pissed Off Fan =(

    Wait so what happened between this guy and dusty ecastly?

  • TheMark

    Kid needs to learn to wrestle properly before talking all this trash. He was dangerous on tough enough.

  • CC

    Bill, you do realise that talent who dont make it to WWE or were cut from WWE have been speaking their mind for years. Long before Punk did his work shoot promo.
    This has nothing to do with trying to be CM Punk, its about being interviewed and letting out your frustrations.

    To be pretty honest, in both the articles on here since yesterday, he really hasnt said anything that bad, and has only said things about a handful of things or people that have pissed him off rather than going on a rant about the whole company (and industry) like Punk did in that promo.

  • Bill

    This Jeremiah guy seems to be trying to “pull a CM Punk” & speak his “mind”. Well, he obviously got turned down because it’s not like WWE needs him. In 2006-2008, Punk paid his dues in the WWE & was quiet. Once he made it to the main event & became a valuable commodity, then he started to speak his mind. Why do you think Vince gave him this storyline? Why do you think Punk has influence backstage now? So Punk wouldn’t leave & McMahon could still make money with him. I bet Punk was going to resign all along but decided to play Vince for a fool & did it successfully.