Former WWE Superstar Buddy Murphy has opened up about the WWE angle which made him uncomfortable.
The Australian star signed with WWE back in March 2013. After winning the NXT Tag Team Titles alongside Wesley Blake, Murphy starred on the fledgling 205 Live brand. During this time he feuded over the Cruiserweight Championship with Mustafa Ali. Murphy finally won the cruiserweight crown at Super-Showdown in Melbourne, Australia.
After losing the title, Murphy arrived on the main roster, first on SmackDown and then on Monday Night RAW. It was on RAW that he entered into a storyline with Seth Rollins and the Mysterio family. The story later centred around Rey Mysterio’s daughter Aalyah taking a romantic interest in the star. This led to an on-screen kiss between the pair. However, the story was dropped shortly after.
Speaking in a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, Murphy explained that he wasn’t overly enamoured with the idea of a kiss between him and Aalyah. The former Cruiserweight Champion said that while he wasn’t comfortable with the kiss, he did it because it was his job.
“I wasn’t comfortable kissing Aalyah,” Murphy revealed. “I did that because it was my job and it was going to create more drama in the story. Originally, there was no kiss scripted. They, the producers, went and they talked to Vince about something. They come back and they pitch it to me but they are kind of like weird. Then they say ‘and then you kiss her.’ I start laughing and go ‘f**k off.’ But then they are like ‘no we are serious.’ I look at the other producer and he just nodded his head. I’m like ‘no way! How did you come back with this?’ My whole thing was I had to play it very carefully. I said to them ‘I’m not going to express feelings to her. I can’t pursue her, she has to pursue me.’ This was because of the age difference. You don’t make it any easier when you use my birthday as ‘the message.’ So now you have given them (fans) the information of how old is he? How old is she? What? I think them saying ‘happy birthday’ basically just outed that.”
Murphy continued, revealing that he was worried with how the kiss would impact his characters perception, citing the age difference as an issue. Despite everyone being nervous, and Aalyah being new to appearing as an on-screen character, the pair did what they had to do, high-fiving afterwards.
“I wasn’t comfortable with it, but they didn’t help with the situation. I’m like ‘what does she [Aalyah] think about it’ They go ‘she’s cool with it.’ I’m like ‘what?!’ They went to her first, I thought she was going to shoot it down. So then I go ‘what about Rey?’ They say ‘they’re OK with it?’ I’m like ‘well if they are OK with it, I can’t be the one that goes whatever.’ I was very blunt with them, I can’t pursue her, if I do, I’m a creep. I’m a ‘pedo’ as people say on the internet. If she goes for me, she’s an empowered woman that knows what she wants. I think they sold her on a Hollywood style kiss.
I’m not in Hollywood, what’s a Hollywood style kiss? They explain the camera shots. We are live on TV you can’t do these behind the head camera shots. There’s 8 cameras on you, who knows which one they are going to shoot you on. If there’s a gap, the whole thing is done. Seth was nervous about it, because this whole storyline rides on this one kiss. I’m uncomfortable, and she’s new. We are out there and about to cut the promo and I said to her this needs to look good. If you have any second minds, I am giving you the green light. Do whatever you want, it’s 100% you. Do what you need to do, this needs to look good. It looked great, the aftermath wasn’t great for me. But we are both adults, we are both acting, we gave each other a high 5 after it and that was it.”
Away from his time in WWE, Murphy later appeared to take issue with the 90-day non-complete clause that he is now bound by after leaving. The Aussie star said that it was simply a way to ensure that wrestlers such as himself arrive in their next destination without momentum.
“The 90 days is to kill all buzz and all hype,” Murphy said. “It’s so you don’t have any momentum when you go somewhere else. I’m not going to blow my load in the first week. I have to expand it over the 3 months. That’s why I drop the progress photo. Then I will drop something else. I feel like they hoard a lot of talent, and now they are saturating the talent. It is a business move I believe they are making. If you send out 3 guys, they can do what they want. If you send out 40 guys, the work gets cut. But wrestling can boom again. Now the pandemic is ending, more talent can go to the indies, and the fans can see it all.”
During the interview, Murphy also revealed that he pitched an idea which would have seen him become an associate of Paul Heyman. Murphy explained that while he wouldn’t have been presented as part of Reigns’ family dynasty, he would have done the Universal Champion’s bidding.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.