Russo welcomes former WWE Tag Team Champion Rene Dupree to the show.
Russo mentions that Dupree’s father was a wrestling promoter for years, and he wonders if that pressure is what made Dupree want to get into the business at a young age. Dupree says there was no pressure at all, he simply fell in love with the business at a young age and became addicted to it.
Dupree struggled with his father for a long time, because his father would not allow him to work for his promotion until his body looked the part. Dupree managed to get to 200 lbs between age 13 and 14 so his father would book him, and he successfully started to wrestle.
Dupree still has the mindset that his father engrained in him, in that you have to look good to be a credible professional wrestler. He gives props to WWE for starting their wellness policy, but he says that guys can still be in shape without taking steroids and other supplements. He says that they simply have to put the effort in, and he mentions that he can list people on WWE’s current roster who don’t even work out.
Dupree signed a developmental deal with WWE at age 18, and became the youngest Tag Team Champion in WWE history as one half of La Resistance.
He always looked at the wrestling industry as one big family. Growing up, he often ate supper with several wrestlers who were booked on his father’s shows, and that’s always the way he perceived the business. When he got to WWE’s main roster, he quickly realized it was a dog eat dog world there. He was a scared 19 year old who couldn’t win backstage because if he talked to people he was criticized, and if he kept quiet he was criticized for that as well.