Recent WWE signing Biff Busick spoke with WWE.com about making the transition from the indies to WWE, his previous try-outs wit WWE and the interaction he had with Ronda Rousey at a PWG show. Here are some Highlights:
On his previous WWE tryouts and making the transition:
“It’s funny — I had quite a long history with WWE. About three months into my training was the first time I was booked as an extra [in WWE], and I had no idea about anything. I had a couple more runs with WWE, every couple months when they were in town. The one time I lucked out, about nine months into my training, I was chosen to wrestle The Great Khali on SmackDown, and I had no business being in the ring with Khali whatsoever. It was about an 11-second match – which I lost, unfortunately – but it was just a surreal experience. After that moment, I realized I had to get out there and get more experience to be ready for the next time WWE called upon me. From there, I traveled the country to learn from as many people as possible. I went to Lance Storm’s school in Calgary, which was an unbelievable experience. That was three months in the ring with him pretty much every day. Then I moved down to Texas, and I trained with Sho Funaki, who is another guy that has a wealth of knowledge. Training with those two guys really gave me the confidence and experience I needed to do much better. I think WWE started to catch on with me working more high-profile matches in more high-profile promotions, and it just took off from there.”
On his interaction with Ronda Rousey at a PWG Show:
“PWG is such a crazy atmosphere; sometimes when you’re there, you just don’t know what’s going on. I remember I was outside the ring and my opponent, Tommaso Ciampa, opened me up to a fan and unfortunately, I have to admit I did not recognize it was Ronda Rousey at first, because she was kind of incognito. And then I heard somebody say, “That’s Ronda Rousey.” Right as she was rearing back, I realized who it was and I was like, “Oh man, this girl … I hope I don’t get knocked out and totally embarrassed in front of this crowd.” She hit me hard, but fortunately it wasn’t on the chin — it was more of the throat area. I got a little choked up but thankfully she didn’t knock me out. It was insane, man. At that point, I guess I was just an independent wrestler, not too popular, but the exposure that I got from that was overwhelming, which shows the popularity of Ronda Rousey and what she did for me. Getting beaten up made me more popular than anything else I’ve done in my career. It was pretty wild.”
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