Rick Boogs appeared on the After The Bell podcast where he spoke about where his interest in wrestling came from. He also spoke about quitting his job to put more pressure on himself to work harder in the world of professional wrestling.
“I feel like I’ve hit this terrible point. I reach out to my old wrestling coach, one thing leads to another, I’m talking to Gerry Briscoe and getting a little tryout. When I thought the tryout [for WWE] was going to be in September, I quit my job.
The reason I quit my job is because you’ve got to be all in, right? I wanted to have the pressure of either I do this or I’m unemployed and provide nothing for my family and I’m screwing the family over big time," Rick Boogs said.
“I didn’t even know what to do. How to ever get ready for the tryout? All I knew was I was jobless and my family is hungry, right? Needless to say, I brought my A-game. I didn’t gas out on any of the drills.
We had a minute promo we had to cut. I didn’t prepare for it at all, I don’t know why”.
Rick Boogs Speak About His Knee Injury and Love for Wrestling
He also spoke about his knee injury that he suffered while he was at the WWE Developmental.
He had to take a year off as a result of that injury. “I thought I was going to set the record, and in-fact, I did set the record. It was the record for the longest recovery. They didn’t clear me for over a year,” Boogs said.
“I don’t know why, maybe there was no rush to get me back because I didn’t do anything yet. But it was hard, but I’m very thankful because all I could do was work on promo stuff, character stuff. I was doing three promo classes a week thinking of ways [to stand out].
A silly little moustache, a little pink headband, and growing all the hair out. Just little things”. He stated that he let his character loose. He revealed he pitched a few ideas to the WWE. “I think that’s what it was, just taking the chains off,” Rick Boogs said.
“I’m just going to be wild. I was new with it all and I didn’t know how to approach it at first. Once I lost everything and had surgery and couldn’t train, it was like, maybe I’ll get released if I don’t become a character.
What else can you do at that point? I figured I would go as big as I can with the character stuff. I was cutting wild promos, man. Art Von Boogs I pitched. I threw everything against the wall, every week I was coming up with something different”.