Former WWE Superstar Camacho recently sat down with PWMania.com for an interview. Camacho shared his thoughts on the NXT promotion, his short run in WWE, his relationship with Vince McMahon vs. Triple H, and a lot more.
Here are a few highlights from the interview, which you can read in full at the link above.
Working as a “Mexican” Superstar despite his actual nationality:
As far as my ideal character, I wouldn’t be Camacho anymore, that’s for sure. The character was an awesome opportunity. But if I were to be a character, it wouldn’t be one that wasn’t my nationality. I’m a Polynesian-American and at the time, I was playing a Mexican. If I would go back to WWE, I’d be myself. If anything, I’d probably use part of my dad’s real name, which is Tonga.
Training at the Team 3D Academy:
Bubba and Devon are phenomenal trainers. They were fundamentally sound in working with me and the other guys. Bubba always used to tell us, “If you’re thinking of going slow, go slower.” They took our time with us so we could take our time in the ring. One of the things they would do is do a hold on us and let us know what we were getting into. And generally, they taught us how to take care of each other when we’re in the ring.
Differences between FCW – the old WWE developmental promotion – and today’s NXT product:
To promote their shows, FCW would show up to the town they would perform in two weeks beforehand and they’d put up signs. FCW was never promoted, to my knowledge, on the WWE website itself. NXT, however was a game-changer. They changed the way that guys were brought up through the developmental process. They’ve done a great job of preparing NXT talent for the main roster. The Performance Center provides everything for the talent to get them ready for WWE. When NXT is taped at Full Sail University, it feels like a mini-Raw or SmackDown, so when the talent comes to the main roster, the transition is much easier. The only difference is that the arena is bigger.