Former TNA Talent Talk About Working On WWE ’13

The following are interview highlights from Chase Stevens and Cassidy Riley, who appeared on the Kayfabe Wrestling Radio show:

If Cassidy’s was part of the WWE 13 game and who they possibly are motion captured as:

Riley: “Yeah, yeah I was. I signed a deal to do the UFC game that was coming up; that would be coming out soon. Then three days before I was supposed to go to San Diego to start shooting, I got a phone call that was the THQ San Diego office had closed down and had sold the game to EA Sports, and they were moving production to Vancouver, so that didn’t look like it would be going through now…

“It’s not really anything I’m allowed to talk about until the game actually releases. But, I have seen a lot of it and it’s going to be awesome. They’ve started previewing some of the stuff last night in the 1000th episode of Raw. It really was cool sitting back and watch the commercials and just recognize some of the stuff we had done, so that was a good feeling. In a small way, it’s kind of like I was a small, minute part of that show last night, with the commercials and all. It was a great experience; Chase has done a lot of work out there too, you know that love him and he’s awesome when it comes to mo-cap. It’s just been a really good gig for us the past several years.”

Stevens: “It’s real cool playing the games when they come out, seeing the character you did, gets to walk down to the ring and you can pick out here and there little things, like how you walk and then you can sit around and call you friends and say ‘No, that’s really me. That’s not Triple H there, that’s me.’ Yeah, that’s fun”

Riley: “And that’s the neat part too. After we’ve all been out there and once you get through the commercials, or whatever that they’re having advertising for, you can pick out, ‘Ok, that was Chase, that was me, that was (Mike) Mondo. Whoever.’ You may not exactly remember the shot but you can just tell subtle movements and little ways people do different stuff in the ring. It’s easy to figure out so that makes it real cool.”

On whether they see potential in James Storm, dating back to 2002:

Stevens: “Storm’s always been a phenomenal wrestler and what we consider a worker today. He had everything right where he needed, even when he was young; he just didn’t have the size at the time, didn’t have the name structure. He wasn’t anything well known in the United States at the time, let alone the world, but he just had a monster heart. I think he’s completely come into that with a character; he’s got a character, a well-known character now. His mic work is exactly right where his character’s at and where it needs to be and everything he’s doing athletic wise looks great.

“In 2002, I wouldn’t have dreamed of him being anything but a tag team, but as we all grow and go different ways in our life, I think from just watching the past couple years, I could totally have dreamed him to be World Heavyweight Champion…The thing with Storm is, if I took him back to the late 80’s early 90’s, that guy would have been on top a long time ago and he would have run with the ball because he’s got that business aspect to him where he is an athlete and he is an entertainer; he’s constantly building himself and fulfilling what the business is asking for. So, in 2002, no, I wouldn’t have seen him as anything but a tag team but I’d definitely say he was a great, great tag team (wrestler). In 2012-13, yeah, I could totally see him in a World Title run.”

Riley: “I agree. We three, have all been friends since before TNA started and I don’t know if I would have seen him as a world singles champion in 2002; world tag team champion, of course. Like Chase said, as the business changes and evolves, you either change and evolve with it or you get pushed aside and he has done a fantastic job and Chase hit the nail on the head. He evolved well into a character; he knows exactly who he is and had a chance to be up that and learn from the best in the world and it’s all a matter of time. He was able to stick it out until his time was presented and he did well with it; he took the ball and ran with it and hasn’t looked back. He’s a good guy, he’s a hell of a hand in the ring and I’m proud for him. I’m so happy he’s gotten that chance; it’s always good to see younger guys get a chance to be elevated because that’s what this business needs more than anything in the world. We need new stars like Austin and Rock, and where are those guys going to come from? They’ve got to come from the younger guys, but if they’re not given a chance, it’s not going to happen, it can’t happen.”

Tags: , ,


Join our newsletter

never miss the latest news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary for Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games!