He named Priest, among other stars, as a standout performer that he’d want to have in a modern-day version of his classic stable, The Cabinet/
“Damian Priest, not that he needs the rub,” JBL said. “He’s a star! But that guy is a Rockstar man, he just has a presence about him and you can’t replicate that and some guys have that and some guys don’t. The Rock has that, Cena has that, I think Damian Priest has that and I’d like to have him be part of some type of Cabinet. I’d love to have Otis and Chad Gable in there too, I love those two guys! Those guys crack me up! They are so entertaining! That new look of Otis is just fantastic”
JBL also spoke about how being a heel has changed since he was in the WWE, and spoke about how guys like Roman Reigns now are more “attraction heels” then truly hated guys.
“I think social media has changed it a lot,” said JBL. “I think I would’ve dealt differently with social media. These guys are building their brand on social media so I understand the divergence between the character and what they do on social media, but I still think you need a couple of super heels. I call them super heels, it’s very similar to The Governor on The Walking Dead or The Battle of Bastards from Game of Thrones. It’s that one guy that you hate, that has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and I think social media hurts that.
“Now I understand why they do it, they do it to create a brand and all types of stuff to do outside of the business, but somewhere I think you need someone who stays in character 24/7 and be a heel. It’s really hard to do. Roddy Piper once told me, “you and I are the only 2 heels alive kid” and we weren’t that was kind of him to say, but it’s tough. Back then, a lot guys didn’t want to be a heel. Roman Reigns is a different type of heel. There’s also an attraction heel. DX was the same, they sold a ton of merchandise and they were technically heels, but they were attraction heels. They were kind of cool…”
Finally, JBL spoke about the chances of the APA potentially being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and said that it would be “terrific” if the duo received this honor.
“I don’t know if it’s inevitable,” JBL said. “That would be terrific. Ron made my career. Ron made me as a person. Ron had more influence on me as a person than anybody, he just carries himself, you know, people who break barriers are special people, he’s our Jackie Robinson. Ron is exactly the same. It was such an honor to tag with Ron. He’s such a fine human being. He’s such a good person. He’s been my best friend since the day we met. It would be great to go into the Hall of Fame with him. I have no idea if that’s going to happen or not, but if it did, that would be a huge honor.”
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