Former WWE star and head trainer Tom Prichard was the recent guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams show where he shared some very interesting stories about the wrestlers he trained and more. Thanks to wrestlingnes.co, below are some of the highlights from his latest interview.
Prichard who is responsible for training some of the biggest stars the wrestling industry has seen including The Rock, spoke up about what is missing in current WWE stars and said that previous wrestlers used to live the character instead of portraying it, He said:
“It’s always been a work, But it was a moment in time and in history when there was kayfabe, and the boys protected the business, and there was an element of doubt. Yes, you might have thought it was a work, but that one match, that one guy you’d say no that guy’s for real. That’s because you weren’t playing a character, you were that character.”
In 1996, Prichard was doing double duty for the WWE while not only performing for them on screen as a wrestler but also training multiple up and coming talents backstage. Tom spoke up about the time he was introduced with the Rock and labeled him as the most talented guy there:
"We started the developmental program in August of 1996, right after Mark Henry had competed in the Olympics in Atlanta. [The Rock] came in, in August, and they wanted to get him ready for Survivor Series in November. We worked out in the ring every day, and you could see obviously that The Rock was the most talented."
Speaking of the controversial WWE Hall Of Famer Tammy 'Sunny' Sytch who recently got arrested for violating her parole, the former WWE star recalled meeting her during a Podcast earlier this year and said that she was looking fine at that time:
“I last saw Sunny in August in Charlotte at Fanfest. We did a Jim Cornette podcast together, and she looked great. She looked like she had her act together, and she was doing fine. I heard she was mad at me because I’d said something about I hope she gets help, and I hope that she takes care of herself.
“She misinterpreted it as I was talking bad about her. No, I wasn’t talking bad about her, I was sincerely saying I hope she gets the help she needs.”
It's notable here that Tom Prichard worked for WWE from 1993 to 2004 as a wrestler and trainer and was rehired in 2007 as the head trainer for Deep South Wrestling which at the time worked as a development territory for WWE. After DSW packed up he was moved to FCW as a trainer and was later released in 2012.
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