WrestlingINC.com released the second part of their interview with former WWE and TNA star Matt Morgan.
He spoke on a number of topics. Here are some highlights.
Being brought up to main roster at WWE:
Morgan: If that. I recall only having about six months of experience from the first day in there to being with Team Lesnar on Smackdown. And the rib was, I only had experience as a babyface down in OVW because I was coined as this big babyface at the time. I was super limited and super green. Of course, I get brought up as a heel. So I just did the opposite of whatever the heels would have done to me had I been the one selling, things like that. I tried my best, but I was way too inexperienced.
The Studdering gimmick:
That was Vince McMahon's idea, to give me something. I was still, they didn't want to do the Blueprint character because I had done it in OVW. Creative, the writing team and more importantly Vince, was the one that came up with it. He for years had been wanting to put this stuttering character on the right guy. I remember him saying, "Look, if this isn't you, you got to tell me now. It's not a big deal, we'll send you back down. Still improving and doing what you're doing. I hear you're doing really well. Just keep it up and we'll find something for you eventually." I remember being at the time like I'm still learning a lot, but I know I'm going to learn a hell of a lot faster if I'm on the road with these guys again at house shows. I would have said yes to anything. I mean if you tell me to wear a pink jock strap, I would have went out there with a freaking pink tutu, I would have done it, on a unicycle, to boot. I would have done it. That's how desperate I wanted to be back on the big show. Who doesn't? I remember when he talked about the character to me, he used a really good analogy that made sense to me at the time. But again, no matter what he told me I would have done, because any time he gets an idea, you would assume that you would be used and used to the benefit of his abilities. In his defense he did. He absolutely did. It's just I take full credit for not getting fully over and not working. I'm very confident on the microphone, so I really believed I could eventually make it work. But what started happening was, which was kind of my concern at the time, was people are going to laugh. And I get that's what it's supposed to do. But then what I was told was once I started getting the heat on my opponent, and being a big, bad ass mother you know what, that there's the rub. No ones going to be laughing necessarily at that point. Well, they kind of were because I'm sitting there stuttering in the middle of my heat, talking trash to my opponent. So I just tried to go with it and make it as comical as I could and maybe that's why it didn't work. I take full credit on that one for it not working. You always take credit for it on your own. You can't always blame other things like writers or this or that. Just take it on the chin yourself as a learning experience. Me doing that character, it opened me up even more as far as, I don't want to say making an ass of myself, but being even more comfortable doing anything you throw at me. I was a very confident man, very confident in my abilities and super confident in my athleticism and talking ability. What better way to prove that then doing something that isn't your strength? I was going to knock it out of the ballpark come hell or high water, that's the attitude I had by attacking it. That night when Vince talked to me about it, he wanted me to go down to OVW and practice it a little bit. I probably should have taken the man's advice, but I was so gung ho to show that this doesn't phase me and I'm going to freaking kill this thing, this character. I said to him, quite quickly, "Mr. McMahon, I can have this down cold by the end of the night." We were at Chicago doing a taping for Smackdown. He was like, "Well, that's pretty fast, Matt. Don't you think you should give it some time? Work it into matches and promos down there in promo class?" I was like, "Just give me an opportunity. Let me come back in here by the end of the night, after the show if you don't mind, and I'll cut a promo on ya with this character." And he loved it because Vince loves people that attack things head on. That's the kind of man I am as well. So cool. Smackdown comes, here I am in the bathroom mirrors in between matches, trying to work on this character. His facials, what words does he stammer on, and then I came up with the idea of when I would start to stutter on a word to replace it with a completely different word. Like I'd start to use the f word and then replace it with a ridiculous word. You know, like instead of using the f word use a funny word because I couldn't get the word out.
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