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Today The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast finds out what it takes to be Tough Enough and the basics of Pro Wrestling 101 as we bring a double-shot of instruction featuring WWE Hall of Famer and Tough Enough trainer, Lita and former ECW Heavyweight Champion and ring veteran, Justin Credible. Credible goes over the lost art of selling and some of the topics he covers in his web series Pro Wrestling 101 as well as moments and matches from his career and how he helped add a different dynamic to ECW. Lita brings us right inside the direction of WWE Tough Enough and what it is she is looking for as a trainer and how the WWE Performance Center plays an vital part of the training process.
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Justin Credible on The Lost Art of Selling
His legendary feud with Jerry Lynn:
Paul Heyman put Jerry Lynn and I together for my first match in the ECW Arena and it was Jerry’s as well and it was really just a match to get me over. We got a long well, worked very well together and Paul saw the chemistry there and it grew. We started that program there and Jerry Lynn is probably the most underrated and talented wrestlers in the world. I would say he is in my top 20 all time and definitely one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with and I’ve worked with John Cena, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon.
What he learned and how the feud translated well with the ECW crowd:
Jerry taught me a lot. That style of wrestling I had never done. Almost like a Japan style with innovative high spots and a lot of stuff that was not being done. It was something that the fans enjoyed, to see a guy like Jerry and a bit of a brawler in me using the Kendo sticks and the tables on Jerry which we did incorporate in a very unique fashion so the styles worked well together and if you can’t have a good match with Jerry Lynn you can’t have a good match.
Winning the ECW title:
Paul told me about ten minuets before the show. It was such a unique situation because Taz had come back and beaten Mike Awesome who was going to WCW and Taz who had gone up to Vince and WWE actually came in and beat Mike Awesome. Then Tommy Dreamer gets his shot at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia and after he wins it I hit the ring, challenged him, hit him with a stick, dumped him on his head and I was the ECW World Champion. Tommy was the shortest reigning ECW Champion of all time. Tommy was and is one of the most unselfish guys in the business. His job was to get people over. He would get over more with the fans by losing then he did winning, he had the sympathetic thing where he got his ass beat and kept fighting and getting up and that was his thing and he made a lot of superstars that way. He made me, he made Steve Corino, CW Anderson. He made so many wrestlers and that’s how he did it by being unselfish.
The lost art of selling:
Guys today be it in Ring of Honor or the Independent Scene or even in TNA, do some fantastic and beautiful moves that I could never imagine doing and people just get right back up. So in essence what what you are saying is that move didn’t do anything you are discrediting your own moves by guys getting up right away or not taking the proper time. There is a difference for fans in registering a move and feeling it. I always think of it this way: If I was in a real fight how would it feel? How would I react? It’s that simple. Guys are in too much of a hurry to get to the next move and you lose the crowd and the emotion.
His Pro Wrestling 101 Web Series:
I’ve been clean and sober for two and a half years, when I first got sober I did Colt Cabana’s Podcast and afterwards he had mentioned to me how well he does and how many followers he has through his Podcast. These days you don’t need to be on TV every week, just get out on Social Media and be active and put out content. So I came up with the idea of Pro Wrestling 101 and these little five minute tutorials on certain topics, some interviewing wrestlers like Terry Funk and Tommy Dreamer and others I did like selling, locker room etiquette, I even talk about referees, getting heel heat and selling injuries. Young kids need someplace to go and who is out there to teach them? When I was coming up I was in the car with Shawn and Razor and learning from them. These days there are a lot of young kids wanting to know but don’t have those resources that we had. I learned a lot about psychology from Scott Hall, Tommy Dreamer, Shawn Michaels and even Curt Hennig.
Justin Credible also shares learning to sell moves from Scott Hall, being a top heel, his in ring career winding down and his future in the wrestling business.
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