Sharpest thoughts within the recreation (Picture: WWE UK)
Eddie Dennis is among the high stars on WWE’s NXT UK model and he takes his inspiration from the worlds of Marvel and punk rock.
The Pride of Wales – who might be seen Thursday nights on the WWE Network main The Hunt superstars Wild Boar and Primate towards outdated mates Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster – admitted he’d relatively be guided by different artwork varieties to keep away from any awkward moments.
He completely informed Metro.co.uk: ‘We used to have a saying inside our little group of mates truly, the place we used to say, “By no means steal from your individual artform”.
‘Clearly originality will not be telling individuals who you stole it from! It’s a lot trickier to not get discovered if you’re taking it from your individual artwork kind. The probabilities are, the individuals watching it additionally watched the place you pinched the concept from. I like the idea of wanting in different artwork varieties.
‘I watch frontmen – I’m an enormous punk rock music fan. I’d watch frontmen carry out, and watch the best way they command the viewers and maintain the viewers’s consideration and suppose, it’s such a transferable ability to skilled wrestling.’
The 34-year-old star described WWE as a ‘myriad of crossover abilities’ coming from an entire vary of disciplines.
He additionally pointed to his lengthy working rivalry with Andrews – which has been going because the lifelong buddy’s time in PROGRESS Wrestling – for instance of the trade’s knack for storytelling.
‘I’m an enormous fan of with the ability to put one thing collectively which is entertaining for an off-the-cuff fan, however has an additional stage of depth for somebody who’s an enormous fan,’ he mentioned.
‘I believe the Marvel Universe issues do a cracking job of that. You can watch just about any Marvel Universe film as a standalone film and be entertained by it.
Eddie takes inspiration from Marvel and punk rock (Credit score: WWE)
‘The one plot of the film is obvious and succinct sufficient that you might get pleasure from it as an motion film. However, the quantity of “Easter Eggs” which can be layered into it provides it one other stage for a “fan”, for need of a greater time period.’
Eddie is glad to be in a storyline with such depth – and one which blurs the traces ‘between actuality and fiction’ – however he insisted he’ll be glad to see the again of his former tag workforce companion.
‘It’s equal components thrilling to get to revisit one thing which I believe was a creative excessive level of my time in unbiased wrestling,’ he wryly smiled. ‘And in addition simply extraordinarily irritating as a result of I despise him as a human being a lot.
‘My real hatred for Mark Andrews does make it a ache to be concerned with him in knowledgeable capability as soon as extra.’
Eddie and Mark have numerous historical past (Picture: WWE)
This has led to Eddie’s position as a mouthpiece for The Hunt, and one he’s thriving in – however he’s nonetheless determined to get again to in-ring competitors.
‘I’m wholesome,’ he revealed, which is nice to listen to after a while blighted by accidents.
‘I’ve spent a lot time unhealthy within the final couple of years, to be wholesome and to be not energetic within the ring in the intervening time feels just a little bit unusual.
‘Clearly, I’m nonetheless attending the Efficiency Centre and coaching as a full time competitor. I nonetheless very a lot see myself as a wrestler.’
Nonetheless, he’s effectively conscious that the professional wrestling supervisor is nearly a ‘misplaced artwork’ these days, and he’d be joyful to play a component in bringing it again in an enormous means.
‘I’m an enormous fan of fellows like [Paul] Heyman, and I want there was extra of that mouthpiece, advocate, managerial kind characters in wrestling,’ he mentioned.
‘I believe it’s a misplaced artwork – however then, Heyman’s arguably the perfect that’s ever completed it… I’d like to see if make a return, and if I’ve a tiny half to play in that, I’m all for it.’
*Watch Eddie Dennis each week on NXT UK – Thursdays on the WWE Community, and Fridays on BT Sport.