The latest guest on the Wrestling Perspective podcast was industry veteran Bobby Fish, who spoke on a number of different topics, including his thoughts on his time in WWE NXT along with the rest of the Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong) and how close the group was with the now head of WWE Creative, Triple H. Highlights from the interview can be found below.
Says the Undisputed Era were “Triple H guys” during their time in WWE:
I will say that during our time there, I would definitely consider all of us Triple H guys, not that we were a Triple H creation, but that we had his blessing to move forward as the group that we were. I think he recognized something that other people failed to see the value in us as a group, because legitimately we were four guys. I mean, it started as three, but eventually they added Roddy, and Roddy would have been the only other person that could have been added under the company’s umbrella. I think he just saw this genuine friendship between the four of us and was like, Well, shit, I’m going to put that on screen. And to be honest, I don’t know why nobody else was before it, but he was smart enough to see that, and run with it. We were blessed to have the run we had there.
How the Undisputed Era were able to gain the trust of management and cut their own promos:
We felt like we were able to cut promos and say what we wanted. We got outlines and bullet points from Hunter or the other writers. Joe Belcastro was the head writer at the time, and we worked closely with him, and it was always the same kind of thing. In production, people joked backstage, “one-take UE”, because literally backstage stuff took us one to two takes. It was locker room talk, it was like the boys just bullshitting after a game of some kind. I don’t know that we felt any new freedom, because we never felt handcuffed prior.
On the trust between Undisputed Era and Triple H:
The WWE obviously at times can be criticized for being overproduced and micromanaged. We didn’t get a lot of that. I consider us Hunter’s guys, and we did. I played sports through most of my life. There are certain coaches I’ve played for, I played for my own success, but I wanted their approval. I would dare say Hunter was kind of that with us there, because we knew he took pride in and what he had with us, and we took pride the same way.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)