Mike Bennett has revealed an astonishing WWE plan which might have seen him play Sister Abigail on TV.
The Ring of Honor star – who faces Jonathan Gresham tonight (July 11) for the Pure Championship at Greatest In The World – has opened up on one of many extra uncommon pitches made to him during his time in Vince McMahon’s company.
He completely instructed Metro.co.uk: ‘Early on when Bray Wyatt became The Fiend, Vince was at all times excessive on having Bray lead a gaggle for some motive – he at all times needed him to guide a gaggle.
‘We have been a couple of week away from making it occur the place me and Eric Younger have been gonna be a part of Bray Wyatt’s group. We have been gonna truly be – they have been gonna carry to life the puppets.
‘Every puppet was gonna signify an precise particular person. I don’t keep in mind, there have been talks that I used to be gonna be Sister Abigail and Eric Younger was gonna be a buzzard.’
Bennett, 36, admitted he was pleased with the concept and an opportunity to tackle a really totally different function, though the outdated adage of ‘plans change’ turned out to be true on this occasion, and it by no means made it on display.
‘It was a type of issues the place, “You guys will play these characters”. He’s portraying them because the puppets [in the Firefly Fun House], however then they’ll come to life. I believed it was actually cool, I used to be able to sink my enamel into it,’ he stated.
‘However then like most stuff there, proper earlier than it occurs they’re like, “Oh yeah we’re not doing that anymore”. You’re like, “Oh, oh OK cool. That will have been a extremely cool spot however I assume I’ll go sit in catering.” ‘
Followers have been disenchanted with the inventive route for Mike and his spouse Maria Kanellis throughout their time with the corporate, and the best way their relationship was dealt with on the present.
Nonetheless, the proficient grappler defined he didn’t see issues precisely the identical approach, even when he didn’t at all times agreed with the choices being made.
‘The stuff with me and Marie that made individuals cringe, that was a type of issues the place I used to be utterly, 100% an organization man. In my head, I’m taking part in a job on tv. You employed me to play a job,’ he defined.
‘On the finish of the day, sure, that’s my actual spouse however we’re taking part in characters on tv. That’s why I at all times assume you need to have credit on the finish of the wrestling present. Even when it’s “Mike Bennett’s taking part in Mike Bennett”, who cares?
‘I’m nonetheless taking part in another person that’s not me as an individual. This particular person proper now just isn’t who you see on tv. It at all times blew my thoughts when individuals have been like, “Did it hassle you?” I’m like, no, as a result of it’s make imagine, it’s fake!’
He in contrast it to the concept of an actor portraying a twisted killer in a drama, noting that he’s baffled by the best way some followers and folks within the enterprise have a look at their on-screen roles.
He added: ‘It’s like if I used to be to go and get a job in a TV present and I performed a serial killer, you wouldn’t come as much as me and be like, “Does it hassle you that it’s a must to kill all these individuals?” No, it doesn’t, as a result of it’s make imagine and I’m pretending!’
On the subject of the work Bennett’s doing now – significantly as he prepares for his Pure Guidelines match with Gresham – he’s concentrating on ‘wrestling as a sport’, somewhat than the extra outlandish areas of the enterprise.
‘I’m very a lot within the zone the place I actually wish to give attention to wrestling as a sport. I believe it’s as a result of it’s such a distinction with how I was. I at all times seen wrestling as sports activities leisure,’ he admitted, noting he can nonetheless get pleasure from that facet as a fan and performer.
‘Now I’m very a lot huge into the NOAH, huge into All Japan, and that’s why I really like the Pure division in Ring of Honor as a result of it really centered on the game of wrestling, which I believe is an extremely enjoyable facet to give attention to!’
After a tough time in WWE, Bennett – who received clear and dealt together with his painkiller habit – has a renewed ‘confidence’ in himself as a wrestler, and he’s trying ahead to proving his value to ROH in a really totally different approach throughout his present stint.
I’m kinda on the level the place I’m actually assured in what I’m doing. I believe that confidence parlays into me simply having lots enjoyable,’ he smiled.
‘Having my eyes opened to NOAH and this and that, I used to be like, oh my God, there’s simply this entire totally different enviornment of wrestling that I haven’t even dove into. And then you definately throw in the truth that Ring of Honor used to work with NOAH, after which I began going again and watching all these joint reveals.
‘I don’t know, it gave me a love for wrestling nevertheless it even gave me extra of an appreciation for Ring of Honor too and the historical past. I simply began changing into a fan once more, of all the things, and it’s been actually cool!’
*Ring of Honor: Greatest In The World airs Sunday night time (July 11) at 1am. UK followers can watch the present through Fite TV.
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