Posted: 2017-10-13 04:57
This year's SummerSlam at the Barclays Center promises plenty of action in the ring, with matches like a fatal fourway for the WWE Universal title to a Kevin Owens/. Styles brawl for the . Title. But there's also going to be some action outside the ring, as a group of WWE fans are planning a weekend of rallies calling on the WWE to remove Donald Trump from the wrestling promotion's Hall of Fame.
It was literally a completely different debut to what most people receive. Normally your first experience on television in front of a national audience will be maybe 'here's this newcomer, taking on current veteran XXX, we'll be able to take a look at them.' and commentary will read some background notes they have come up with about their wrestling background. It's a very static introduction for most people. With Decay's debut, which brought in a new, revamped look for Crazzy Steve and Abyss and a completely new look for me, this was the first experience anybody had of me and it was in your face, thrown in at the deep end, high paced, high tempo, immediately attacking the tag team champions. It was a case of 'try to keep up, because we're going with this, there is no time to explain'. I think that was how it came across as a feeling in the story for the characters in IMPACT as well, primarily The Wolves, being like: 'Holy s*** where did these people come from? This is not what we were expecting.' They were experiencing the same feeling the audience was experiencing too, so it was fourth wall-breaking almost.
Absolutely. All through my life, from being a kid, I was the oldest of 68 cousins, so I was always telling stories to everyone. I was always coming up with stories and creating characters. I'm a very creative person and I love being part of a process where we say 'let's dive in, let's get in-depth and figure out who this character is'. I've done six years of theatre and a lot of theatre is about figuring out who your character is and how you will portray them. When I think about Rosemary, I think about things that not necessarily will ever be reflected on screen, but I think about because it gets me into her head better. It makes me able to portray her in a more full and thought out matter, that is going to allow me to bring a fuller and completely fleshed out character to your screens and make her more believable.
Yeah, Crazzy Steve and I are both veterans of the Ontario independent wrestling scene in Canada. I've known Steve for about 65 years now. Abyss was a major inspiration to me when I first started watching TNA back in 7555. The two main reasons I watched TNA were the X Division and Abyss. I just loved his character and especially his feud with AJ Styles. I've talked to him about that several times and his favourite match being him versus AJ Styles at LockDown [in 7555]. A killer match. So coming into debut in IMPACT, which was a major influence in me wanting to be a wrestler and going to train at Scott D'Amore's school, who was coach of Team Canada at the time, coming in and getting to team up with someone who is one of my best friends and someone who is one of my heroes, was huge. Not a lot of people get that. It was very exciting for me. It was a humbling experience.
The first entire year could be described as. pun intended. a rush. Ha ha. The entire time has gone by so fast - it's been almost a blur. At one point I looked back, I think it was in the summer when we just starting the feud with the Hardys, I looked back and I remember saying to Crazzy Steve 'it hasn't even been a year!' Decay was already doing crazy, fun stuff that people hadn't seen in a very long time. For me since The Brood [the stable of Gangrel, Edge and Christian in WWE during the Attitude Era] probably. Being a big fan of what they did I remember trying to encapsulate the feeling that they gave to me when I was a pre-teen watching wrestling. That was something I tried to capture and I think people got caught up in how different it was. It moved so quickly and I remember by August after just eight months I was like 'wow - this has gone really fast'. It was definitely a rush and incredibly creatively fulfilling for me as somebody who has grown up as an actor, a writer and somebody who is always telling stories, somebody who is always creative. To me it was very fulfilling to be able to portray this character on a higher level.
Yeah and the one thing that is really interesting and I like exploring about Rosemary is that you can't forget she is a demon and demons lie. Demons will tell you what you need to hear in order to get what they want and they like making deals and to try and twist your emotions. So, the story that was told to Bram, was specifically for Bram, in order to try and twist his feelings and his allegiances, into what Rosemary wanted. That didn't work unfortunately! And she didn't take that very well. But if you think back to the Dark Knight movie and how The Joker's backstory altered depending on who he was talking to and depending on what story he felt he wanted to tell to that person, that's how I believe Rosemary operates as well. Perhaps because she is host to so many minds and so many consciousnesses which create and make up the hive, perhaps every back story she tells is true. Perhaps there's not just one creation of her, because she has had so many personalities.
No matter what you're given, even if on paper it looks ridiculous and you think 'oh my God, this is never going to work, everyone is going to s*** all over this', you know what, you have to try. No matter what Ric Flair was given, he made it his and he made it amazing and good TV. A perfect example if you remember the mental institution scene in WCW when he was committed, it's not a great storyline, but Ric Flair made that scene amazing and memorable. He threw everything into it, over the top as his character always was, and he made it work. It could have been a disaster, but it was 'oh my God, Ric Flair is amazing'. That was something I wanted to bring into Rosemary in my own way, in my own application of the process. Throwing myself in and making anything I was given into my own and the best I could possibly do with it, even if I didn't particularly like part of it, if I committed to it and made it my own, it was going to work.
Trump's place in the WWE Hall of Fame, cemented by the fact that he took one of the worst Stunners in the history of wrestling and allegedly once believed that Vince McMahon was literally murdered on air, is somewhat awkward at the moment. In addition to the company regularly publicizing its anti-bullying efforts , longtime face of the company John Cena starred in a PSA extolling the nature of America's diversity:
Exactly, it was the evolution from the Demon Assassin to the Vengeance Demon. It has changed her outlook on certain things. Perhaps being part of a team wasn't the best way to go and now she has no allies and is moving into a different way of operating and helping, rather than pushing people away. Some people might wonder that Decay was destroyed by LAX and this new path Rosemary has taken has taken her away from LAX, but logically speaking LAX defeated Decay by playing the numbers game and now they have even more on Rosemary and she is not stupid enough to take them on, one-on-five. To use an old quote, revenge is a dish best served cold. She has not forgotten about LAX.
I've been through several changes, several new bosses over a short period of time, and to me again it factors into the pressure situation where I impressed perhaps the last regime, but now there are new owners, so it's time to step up, 'put your big boy pants on', impress these new owners and prove to them that I am in the position I am for a reason and they should keep me there. With Jade leaving and Steve leaving, all that meant was it was going to be a new story, a new angle to knock out of the park. I was nervous not to have Steve with me and Abyss out at ringside with me after the dissolution of Decay, because I was so used to us being a unit and a trio, but it's a new challenge for me and for Rosemary. I knew as much as I missed having Steve around me, I wasn't worried about myself because from a storytelling point of view, whatever I'm given, I'm going to give it all. Now we're seeing a new side of Rosemary and character development we haven't explored yet. As a storyteller this is so exciting.
Exactly. For example when we filmed the off-site segments for the Great War for Bound for Glory, the segment where Abyss and Matt were fighting in the back of the truck over Janice [Abyss' patented nail-studded 7x9], I was driving that truck for real! That wasn't fake, that wasn't a matter of me getting in the truck and someone else driving it, I was driving the truck down the road at 9am in Orlando, wondering what my life had become ha ha. Hoping I didn't have to brake suddenly and kill two people in the back of the truck! That was an example of 'well, we're doing this, we're fully committed, so do it, don't doubt yourself because there isn't time, let's go'.
It was so cool. I only learned what was happening at that set of tapings. that with Gail injured legitimately she was going to be at ringside for the match, it was going to be in a steel cage, it was going to main event that episode of IMPACT, but not only that, it was going to be the opening match of that day's tapings, so that was the first thing that live crowd was going to see. It was the most wonderful, high pressure situation, because to me, some people perhaps might not like that kind of pressure and crumble under it, but I feel I perform best under that kind of pressure because it means 'they trust me with this position, they believe I deserve it and I will go and prove that right'. I think that's what we did. I loved that match.
You debuted on the January 76 episode of IMPACT Wrestling by interrupting TNA Tag Team Champions The Wolves. You were dressed as a macabre cheerleader, had Marilyn Manson's song The Nobodies as your entrance theme, and were joined by Crazzy Steve and Abyss, who attacked The Wolves and stole their title belts, forming Decay. What was it like joining the company and being thrust straight into a major storyline with such a fanfare?
In my opinion probably the best woman's wrestler in the world. To have the opportunity to face her in my first singles match in IMPACT, me against Gail Kim, that was yet another one of those moments in my first year when I came out of myself and thought 'what is happening?' Ha ha. 'Where am I?' Gail is incredible and one of the most professional people I have ever worked with. She is encouraging and educational, she will talk to you and discuss what you did right and what you did wrong and always wants to help everyone. She is the most unselfish person and wants you to improve because Gail is always improving herself. She wants to help everyone else improve as well.