While many Superstars have departed the company this year, the one thing none of those talents can be accused of lacking is creativity – as is evident in their exit interviews. While many talents find themselves languishing in catering while trying to carve out an opportunity to get on television, the reality is that many are bombarding the powers that be with creative pitches in an attempt to ignite a spark that will see their careers revitalised.
One year ago, Tucker was one half of perhaps one of WWE’s most-loved teams in Heavy Machinery. However, after a seemingly rushed split that saw Tucker turn on his tag partner and fade out of the limelight without so much as a blow-off match, Tucker – real name Levi Cooper – told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy about some of the pitches he made to creative to try and maximise his minutes, including of some ideas from while he was still in Heavy Machinery.
“So, the barbecue, I tried to get that going for me and Otis both, right? I wanted that to be another thing for us, just because tag teams are always like… There’s usually only one tag team story going on, on television at the time, the championship story. And then, like, if you can weave your way in other places… So for me, I was thinking, ‘OK, well, I don’t want it to just be our turn every few months to be in the title picture. Let’s figure something where where you can just… Put us in the back corner, we’ll barbecue and people can just come and interact with us. Like you’re not going to be able to convince me you ain’t going to get good content doing that.'” And somebody can come over and kick our barbecue over and it’s on, or whatever. But that was around the time that we were moving to Fox and I think I just didn’t stay on it. Like, I didn’t understand kind of which other buttons to keep pressing and how to… It was a good idea and Vince liked the idea, but I think the timing of it was wrong.”
Following Wesley Blake’s revelation that he pitched to be Huskus Pig, Tucker brought up a couple of ideas of his own.
“I pitched the golf guy for myself, kind of like a country club d*ckhead. You know, I like golf. I’m like, ‘Well, I know all the jargon of golf. You know, I could throw out all the lingo and talk about I’m going to hit you upside the head with the birdie,’ you know what I mean? ‘They’re making bogeys’ – whatever it is!”
Cooper also opened up about another idea he had – to be a mansplainer.
“I pitched one where, like, I’m kind of like a mansplainer and I’m sort of like… I pitched that I would have somebody that would be kind of like my taskmaster essentially, and all I’m doing is just thinking about, like, how everyone’s doing different things wrong and how I need to fix them from doing those wrong things backstage. And then my handler is like, ‘Hey, it’s time to wrestle. Like, you need to focus on how to wrestle right now and not how to…’ And I’m always just like thinking I’m living my life perfect and everyone else has little flaws in their existence that I can fix for them.”
While none of those came to fruition, the former Tucker gave an explanation.
“But like I mentioned earlier about the pitches, you can kind of pitch until your face turns blue but if they don’t want to use you or they don’t have plans for you necessarily… Even if you have an amazing pitch and they love it, but they don’t see it for you, they’ll just give it to someone else.”
You can check out the entire interview here. Thank you to Levi Cooper for taking the time out to speak to us! You can follow Levi on Twitter and Instagram, and also check out Levi Cooper’s Twitch Channel.