One of the most particular characters that have ever passed on the WWE TV screens was certainly that of Eugene, a very nice boy with obvious mental and behavioral problems, with the fighter Nick Dinsmore who interpreted in the best way the big boy who had as idols of childhood (a childhood that's actually outdated), the legendary wrestlers The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin and their finishers and that of Triple H were often used by Eugene to close their matches.
Eugene's character was first introduced in the rings of Monday Night Raw as Eric Bischoff's "special" nephew, with his first stint on the WWE red show which lasted from 2004 to 2007 and also saw him engaged in a match against WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who Eugene even won with the help of Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
What many don't know, however, is that Eugene returned to work with WWE in 2009. but his period of collaboration with the Stamford company lasted a few days, as Nick Dinsmore was released shortly after the signing of his new contract with McMahon.
Eugene on his WWE release
Interviewed precisely about his stint in WWE, Nick Dinsmore wanted to speak to the microphones of Talk is Jericho, an important podcast of former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, telling his version of his second stint in WWE, saying: "I am back apparently after two months of negotiations.
But apparently, I already had some heat towards me. I don't know if the problem was my fitness or it was they who changed their mind about me. But as soon as I arrived they said to me like 'Let's not sell a fat old Eugene, you're fired.'
" After seeing his last match in the WWE rings in 2007 against The Miz and after seeing him even win a belt as world tag team champion together with William Regal, for Eugene there was nothing more to do with WWE, although his second stint was meant to help the young generation grow, as the former wrestler simply had to work as a trainer/coach with the NXT guys.
As it turns out, fitness matters more to WWE than it appears to be, even for characters who don't appear weekly on-screen on their flagship shows. While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Dinsmore was asked if he thinks the Eugene character would fly in 2020.
He had doubts that his character would work when it did, so he has little doubt that WWE could revive it again if they wanted to. "One thing I know about WWE is that they can almost always make anything work. Do you know what I mean? When Eugene first started, I didn’t have my first match on TV for two or three weeks and in those first two or three weeks some people I had heard, like radio stations or news outlets were saying, ‘What is WWE going to do with this character?’ But the minute I won my first match, then they know it’s an underdog story of a boy with a dream wanting to be a wrestler and he’s fulfilling that dream”.