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Road Dogg Explains Belief That There’s No Money In Wrestling

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Road Dogg has claimed that if there was money to be made in wrestling as opposed to entertainment, Tony Khan wouldn’t have had to buy Ring Of Honor.

WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg was always destined to be involved in the world of professional wrestling. His father “Bullet” Bob Armstrong wrestled across five decades, while his brothers, Scott, Steve and Brad were all involved in the family business.

This has given the tag team legend a unique insight into what works and what doesn’t within the industry. Namely that pro-wrestling, is about more than just the wrestling and that the entertainment aspect that goes alongside the physical confrontation, is central to making money.

Speaking in a new interview with WrestleZone, Road Dogg praised The Gunn Club, which includes his former tag team partner Billy Gunn and his sons Austin and Colten. He explained that they understand that there is more to the business than simply wrestling.

“They’re really good. They’re learning how to work. It’s not to get Uncle Dave to give them a five star match, it’s to be entertaining. It’s to entertain people. If you ask me, that’s the name of the game. If there was money in wrestling, Tony Khan wouldn’t have had to buy Ring Of Honor back. It would have never gone out of business, because they had great wrestling. But, people wanna be entertained too. You gotta give them a little glitz and glamour. You gotta give them a little carny.”

Continuing on, the former Tag Team Champion highlighted that some of the biggest names in history weren’t known as ‘great workers.’

“People wanna be entertained. Jamie Dundee said one time ‘There ain’t a dime in wrestling.’ I almost believe that now. [There’s] very few just really good wrestlers. What, you can count five or ten tops? But the ones you know that are most famous were horrible in the ring. We can go down the list.

I say horrible, I didn’t mean that as everything is hyperbole these days. They just weren’t great workers. They had something other than that that people grabbed on to. They wanted emotional investment into this character, into this talent, into this guy. I have to be emotionally invested in him. If I’m not, it doesn’t count. None of it matters, wins, losses, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t make an emotional attachment to the viewing audience or the live event attendee, you may as well pack it up.”

Road Dogg rose to prominence in the late 1990’s as part of the New Age Outlaws and D-X. After bringing down the curtain on his in-ring career in 2015, the star worked in a number of backstage roles before being released in January 2022.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.