Nick Dinsmore, formerly known as Eugene in WWE, recently spoke with VOC Nation’s In The Room show to give an update on what he’s doing now, and talks the creation of the WWE Performance Center. That and more below.
What he’s up to now:
I moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota – my wife is from here – and I opened my own pro wrestling touring company producing live events as well as training aspiring young pro wrestlers of tomorrow. I opened Midwest All Pro Wrestling in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and I’ve just been training guys, running shows, and making stars out here in Sioux Falls.
The creation of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando:
The stories I heard, when Triple H went from being just and on-air talent to (his current title), Vince had sent him around to every department in the company. And WWE has a degree of excellence for every department in the company. So he went to marketing, he went to advertising, he went to payroll, live events, blah blah blah, and when he went to the developmental – which at the time was FCW – he (said) that’s an independent company that WWE has contracted with to produce their stars and it just didn’t have that degree of excellence… That’s when Triple H went to the New York Giants training facility and got to see what some of the other pro athletes were working with and said ‘this is what we need to be.’ There’s no reason that someone going into the Performance Center shouldn’t come out a star.
Independent territories becoming company owned:
I don’t want to knock FCW or OVW because both of them were phenomenal, but they were independent small indy companies that WWE had contracted with to train their stars. It worked but it’s not that degree of excellence that you’re going to find in WWE.
Training in the PC as opposed to training to the indies:
When I was there I think they had six classes… when I was there it would be myself, Robbie Brookside was one, Joey Mercury was there, Terry Taylor was one, Norman Smiley was one, Billy Gunn was one, and everybody had a little different flavor or take on the business. The students would go to each class and learn something different from each coach. So in essence that would be going from territory to territory learning a different application of the art. But a lot of times it got blended together and it was very similar stars coming out of NXT or the Performance Center.
Full interview is below.