Dupree informs that he left WWE at age 24 and went to Japan. Working in Japan was always on his bucket list and he felt that if he went over there and proved himself he would earn more respect within the business. He worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling, and it was like a family over there. Everyone worked together and helped each other out, and he absolutely loved it.
Russo asks Dupree what he thinks has changed in WWE regarding the common wrestler body type. Dupree says that when he worked in WWE, it was fairly obvious that McMahon loved his bodybuilder body types. He thinks that in the years since, Triple H has had an influence on Vince McMahon’s preferences concerning body types.
Speaking about the change in the wrestling business, Dupree says that everything evolves but the wrestling business has gone toon far. Guys are killing themselves on a nightly basis and they need to start saving the big spots for the finishes on bigger shows. He says there’s only so many bumps on your bump card, and it only takes one small miscalculation for your career to be over.
Dupree urges professional wrestlers to train and build their neck. He says that as a professional wrestler, your neck is basically everything so even if you’re not in the gym lifting weights, make sure you’re doing neck exercises. He points out that his friend Tyson Kidd’s career is over due to one miscue in the ring that resulted in him breaking his neck.
Dupree informs that he still takes independent bookings, but only a couple of times a month because he enjoys being home. He’s actually going to be returning to Japan in June of this year and this will be his 49th tour of Japan.