WWE TRAINER TOM PRICHARD DISCUSSES HOW THE NEXUS ANGLE AFFECTED FCW, THE NEXT WAVE OF WWE SUPERSTARS, THE RISK OF CALLING STARS UP EARLY, AND MORE
Before World Wrestling Insanity brought you Paul Roma’s “Glorious”… Before Bull Buchanan… Before Orlando Jordan… There was Dr. Tom Prichard. Now, after 3 1/2 years, the original World Wrestling Insanity columnist and first ClubWWI.com audio host joins James Guttman on location from FCW to help celebrate Five Years of Insanity!
Dr. Tom Prichard was on board from the day we opened our doors in 2005, spent his Tuesdays with ClubWWI, and even wrote the forward for James Guttman’s second book, Shoot First…Ask Questions Later. After two years, Tom returned to WWE to serve as a trainer in Florida Championship Wrestling. Having trained nearly every top star in World Wrestling Entertainment and continuing to train the stars of tomorrow, Tom brings a unique perspective back to the Insanity that you won’t find anywhere. It’s a 36 minute audio that every fan will want to hear and every aspiring star needs to hear. The Doctor is IN and only on ClubWWI.com !
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Tom Prichard’s big return to the Insanity begins with James Guttman mentioning Tom’s contributions to World Wrestling Insanity – with his free column archives up on the site. Tom took a big risk by coming on board in 2005, long before Twitter and Facebook made stars accessible to online fans. Prichard says he’s glad to be back and expresses his feelings about the new audio hosts who came on board following his departure.
“Has it been five years? I think it feels more like twenty, man. Obviously I’ve seen you’ve had a lot of people to pick up the slack and there has been no slack at ClubWWI.”
Tom’s time away from the Insanity has been filled with many busy moments including training nearly every star you see on TV today. From Sheamus to Nexus, they’ve all come through Florida Championship Wrestling en route to the big leagues. It’s a tougher road than most fans realize for Tom, Steve Keirn, Dusty Rhodes, and Norman Smiley in Florida. Many Indy promoters point to WWE’s influence on the product by sending over large stars, but fail to realize how seeing a constant stream of top talent called away at once – although that’s the goal – make things very unique in terms of booking. James points to the Nexus angle as a prime example. Aside from maybe ECW in its final years, few promotions ever see a mass exodus like FCW did when the storyline exploded onto WWE TV. Prichard explains to ClubWWI.com listeners…
“That’s the great part about this job and also the most challenging part about this job. We understand that if somebody gets hot in FCW, they could be gone that very same day. That’s cool with us. We understand the goal is not to make your career in FCW. The goal is to learn the basics here in FCW, get the fundamentals you need, get the tools you need, and then fly. Go to WWE and soar kind of like Nexus did. We had no idea on the first NXT show that those guys were going to take off like they did. We’re happy for them. At the same time, that took away our top stars down here. A lot of people would say, ‘Wouldn’t that piss you off? You built these guys down here and put them on all your live events, then WWE takes them away?’ Well, actually, we couldn’t be happier because that’s goal. We want to take these guys to the next level and the next level for us is WWE.”
Tom goes on to discuss the importance of developmental today and how many stars from TNA and ROH might not be instantly recognizable to casual fans the way WCW stars were. He also discusses names changes for stars like Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris, why that might be, the David Flair effect, and more. James then asks the question that many fans are wondering. Who’s next? With so many new stars coming up and flying to the top of the mountain so quickly, who are some of the big names that the WWE trainer sees on the horizon? Tom tells ClubWWI.com members:
“I definitely believe Johnny Curtis is a superstar ready to be there. Byron Saxton who was a commentator on ECW also is a talented performer here in FCW. Mason Ryan, for obvious reasons. He looks the part. He listens. He learns. Abraham Washington has got more talent than he’s been able to show. But there’s a reason for that. Timing is everything. Alex Riley is just, man, once he gets a couple of years under his belt, I think he is really going to take off. We’ve got a lot of guys here who are just on that cusp of breaking out. I think the big thing we want to be careful of, it’s happened to a lot of guys. Some guys recover. Some guys can’t. You don’t want to put a guy out there before he’s ready. Tyler Reks is a guy who I think has untapped talent, but sometimes when you get out there on that stage and you make those mistakes, whatever that may be – whether it’s timing or you just get brutalized by the crowd and you don’t recover,
sometimes that can be devastating to a talent that had potential. So you don’t want to throw somebody out there too fast, but every time you do, it’s a gamble because you don’t know if they’re going to be ready or not.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Dr. Tom’s ClubWWI.com return. The Good Doctor discusses why FCW has no Tom Prichard merchandise, memories of Chris Candido, the infamous Dirty White Girl angle, Paul Roma’s controversial comments on ClubWWI.com’s “Glorious,” Billy Kidman’s position with WWE, and so much more. It’s just one of many surprises lined up for the coming week as World Wrestling Insanity celebrates Five Years of Madness!
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