Interview with Bill DeMott
Interview conducted: March 19, 2007
SG> Steve Gerweck
BD> Bill DeMott
SG> Why do you believe you were released by WWE?
BD> The reason I was told I was released is that there were too many complaints by people who are getting paid to train to join the WWE. Since it is a publicly traded company, WWE was afraid of all the letters written by these Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“premier” athletes who thought they were being trained to hard and not being treated with the respect they deserved being developmental talent.
SG> What is your overall opinion of the WWE developmental system?
BD> I think the whole thing is a work in progress, but unfortunately the inmates run the asylum. I donâ€™t know how people that are getting the opportunity to join an elite group of athletes calls and says their feelings are hurt or too much is being asked of them.
SG> In your opinion, which developmental talent (which we havenâ€™t seen on WWE television) has the brightest future?
BD> Kofi Kingston, The Majors Brothers, Jake Hager, Shantel, and Krissy Vaine.
SG> I know you read the interview I conducted with Kenny Omega. What was your reaction to his comments about you?
BD> Tyson Smith seemed to be a good athlete and well prepared and I had high hopes for him much like everyone else. Unfortunately, I believe he was homesick and led in the wrong direction by one of WWEâ€™s agents. He was given some bad advice and not able to focus on what he came to do. So Tyson Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“wrote a letter” to WWE executives and quit. Now some nine months later, Tyson felt the need to be sarcastic and throw shots and the training and trainers. Itâ€™s too bad he felt the need to tear into Deep South, Joe Hamilton, and Bill De Mott because he started out very strong and could have been a future WWE superstar. But when someone quits they seem to find fault in someone else besides themselves.
SG> Omega pointed out the lack of Deep South talent that has been called up to the main roster. Your reaction?
BD> Deep South was very strong in the talent pool. Unfortunately you canâ€™t pull up a lot of young talent at one time, especially when you are trying to groom the young talent that is already up there.
SG> Your reaction to Dr. Tom Pritchard being hired to replace you?
BD> I didnâ€™t find out that Dr. Tom was replacing me until after I got fired. Unfortunately, Mike Bucci and WWE executives already had it planned out. I know Dr. Tom. You canâ€™t blame a guy for getting a job. I wish him well. There are no hard feelings between myself and Dr. Tom that I know of.
SG> Your opinion of Mikey Batts? Why was he ultimately let go?
BD> Mikey Batts wasnâ€™t in Deep South a week, spent most of the time on the floor puking and gasping for air. Mikey then got in touch with WWE executives and said he could not train at Deep South. Once again casting the illusion that training was brutal and way too much. I never got a chance to know Mikey and had no idea of what he was capable of doing, and Mikey was let go while training in OVW.
SG> Drew Hankinson debuted as the Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“fake” Kane. Do you think this gimmick ruined his future?
BD> No, because Drew Hankinson didnâ€™t debut. The fake Kane debuted. To the best of my knowledge, everyone including Kane was very happy with Drew, his work ethic, his dedication, and the preparation. Drew has a bright future in WWE and sports entertainment.
SG> Why hasnâ€™t the WWE called up Sonny Siaki yet?
BD> As of this interview, I believe Sonny was on the road with Eric Perez as a tag team. Sonny is very good at what he does, but not unique. Too many people in WWE compare him to the Rock in Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“speaking and movements”. I really donâ€™t believe a lot of people in WWE Stamford know that Sonny Siaki is even employed. Itâ€™s a shame because Sonny is very good at what he does.
SG> They sent David Heath to DSW as a coach of sorts. Did he just not fit into the DSW landscape?
BD> As far as I know, David Heath was not sent to DSW as a coach or a trainer. I think that is rumor. Dave came every week (Thursday TV) to work and stay fresh in the ring while waiting for the WWE creative team to find something for him to do.
SG> You wrestled using a variety of nicknames and gimmicks. Which was your favorite and why?
BD> No matter what the name was, it was all the same work, the same mannerisms. I enjoyed them all the same.
SG> What is your opinion of Vince Russo?
BD> Vince Russo is an honest guy, has never pulled any punches with me, and I like doing business with him them and would like doing business with him now. Vince and I still stay in contact.
SG> Is there a possibility you might show up next in TNA?
BD> I would like to think so. I have talked to TNA, and I enjoy being in and around the ring and feel there is a spot for me in either company.
SG> In your mind, why did WCW ultimately fail?
BD> It was office politics and money, and I really donâ€™t have much of an opinion on it. But, unlike a lot of people, I do not blame Eric Bischoff.
SG> Looking back at your in ring career, do you have a highlight or a favorite match?
BD> When the locker room emptied in Irvine, California with all the boys on stage to congratulate me on winning the US Championship. Some of my favorite matches were with Hogan, Savage, Sting, The Four Horsemen, and most certainly Lance Storm.
SG> Where do you go from here? Do you feel one day youâ€™ll one again work for Vince McMahon?
BD> Never say never. I would like to think that I still have something to offer Vince McMahon. I have gone from wrestler to trainer to commentator to running developmental systems to wrestling again. So yes, I would like to think I will be working for Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“someone” again.
Bill DeMott is available for personal appearances and training seminars. If interested, e-mail him at Bigsweetwilliam@aol.com