Rick Boogs is one of the more fresher faces on WWE SmackDown. He’s been showing up as one of Shinsuke Takamura’s hype-man. When he made his debut, he essentially supported Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance by soloing over his intro music.

Boogs recently gave an appearance on WWE After The Bell. His discussed about his entrance to SmackDown, and how he had about 12 hours of heads-up before he performed the solo for Nakamura.

Let’s just say I was shocked, I was stunned because I had, I would say about maybe 12 hours of heads up. I got a text like the night before to be at SmackDown and this is what I was gonna do. So yeah, obviously I play his theme on guitar. Now let’s keep in mind, sure I dilly-dally a little bit with the guitar, [but] I hadn’t played guitar, other than maybe a little bit here and there, like I hadn’t practiced at all. 

The SmackDown superstar added that he was told to learn the Nakamura theme on guitar in a very short period of time. Even though he agreed, he revealed that he was extremely nervous about it.

I’m not even kidding. From time to time, maybe I’ll do something simple and easy, whatever, maybe to put it on Instagram or whatever, but it’s not like I practiced. So them being like, ‘Learn this’, and of course I’m like, ‘Yes, I’ll do it,’ but the anticipation and the nerves of that, man. Not just playing guitar, because I was in a band in high school, not a very serious band, I think the biggest full crowd we played in front of was, I don’t know, 25 people. So now it’s like, can you learn this thing in a matter of hours and everyone’s gonna judge you, it’s gonna be in front of millions of people, and it’s not really what I do.

Boogs recently chugged on a lot of syrup, and naturally lost his mind. He also revealed that he had never met Shinsuke Nakamura prior to his entrance with the artist. Boogs made his SmackDown debut in May.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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