Former Heavy Machinery member, Otis, has spoken about being sent back to the WWE Performance Center to undergo classes to improve his in-ring skills.
Earlier this month, it was reported that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had ordered several larger members of his roster to return to the Performance Centre twice a week in order to under classes which would help them brush up their skills between the ropes.
Along with Keith Lee, who fans were in uproar about, Otis was the only other high profile name in the group which also included Omos, Dabba-Kato and Mace of RETRIBUTION.
Quiet on the matter until now, Otis spoke to Ryan Satin of FOX Sports about the edict, how he reacted to it and how he’s using it as a positive experience to further his reach inside the ring:
“I think it’s always been there. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, we were told this and that.’ That Performance Center is a tool for us to get better. If another big man wants to come up to me and wants to work on stuff, or vice versa. We’re always working. So, that report was kind of funny at the same time. We’re never not working. Especially now that we don’t have live events, so we can’t really get our stuff out. It’s just bottled inside in a little bottle. Right now it’s like, we’re not getting that stuff out there. So, we’ll find more and more ways to get in the ring with each other.
Here’s what it sounds like. ‘Oh, did you guys hear that they’re doing weights?’ To me it kind of sounded that way. It was like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna train, know what I mean?’ There wasn’t much of a report. I don’t know if somebody saw somebody. That’s, again, with my reading dyslexia, I don’t even read any of the stuff on there. That’s probably bad for the good stuff, but my head’s always been, ‘Just tell me right here,’ know what I mean? I found out through my father. He told me. I go, ‘Well, dad, I tell you when I’m going to the PC.’ It was just one of those things where it’s a misinterpretation, of course, of 2020 … almost come to 2021, baby. Let’s get a crowd, finally. Beat this damn virus.”
Following so much negativity, it’s refreshing to hear from someone involved the classes who is positive about the experience it could provide. Whether the lessons make Otis a better performer remains to be seen.
Credit for the interview: FOX Sports
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.