I’ve made it no secret here at The PractitioNERD that I’m a huge fan (read “mark”) for D’Lo Brown or that I credit him for getting me back into wrestling and for being possible the most entertaining European Champion in WWE history (in my honest opinion). Recently, the Pancakes and Powerslams Show was had D’Lo Brown on as a special guest host, as he was promoting his new D’Lo Pro Wrestling Academy (you know, teaching the future how to properly wag their heads around and how they better recognize). Brown had plenty to discuss regarding his time WWE, TNA and Japan.
On the origin of the infamous chest protector:
“It was never a torn pec. It was a gimmick to make people mad at me. It was not my idea. In fact, when the idea was pushed to me, I hated it.
“I remember being in (WWE) catering, and Jim Ross sat next to me and said, ‘D’Lo, we need to find something that’s gonna separate you from the pack. Do you remember Iron Mike Sharpe and the forearm protector and the broken arm?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’
“He goes, ‘What if we did something different? Your finish is a frog splash. What if we hurt your chest? And you come back with this protective coating on your chest, like a chest protector. And when you hit the finish, it intensifies the frog splash.’ And I sat there and shook my head and thought, ‘Oh my God, I think he’s crazy!’
“So I remember going home and talking to my girlfriend/fiancee at the time, and telling her. I was livid. I thought I was going to be the laughingstock of wrestling. Probably the most intelligent, prophetic, deep thing she ever said to me was, ‘You need to try it, and if it fails and you try it, it’s their fault. But if you don’t try it and it fails, it’s your fault.’
So I went back and told JR, ‘Let’s try the chest protector thing,’ and two weeks later, Dan Severn pulled my pec, and a month later I came out with the chest protector. That’s the thing that really put me out there.”
Is there any animosity between him & Darren Drozdov:
“As a performer, I was never the same. There was a time after that when I quit wrestling. Luckily, Jim Ross called me and talked me out of that.
“There’s no hatred from Droz toward me. We both understand the risks we take when we go in the ring, and it’s dangerous in there. Just because it’s predetermined, that’s why they have the PSAs of ‘Kids, don’t try this at home.’
“But as far as Droz and I are concerned, we’re boys, we’re good, we’ve talked throughout the years. He has a place in my heart. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. There’s no blame on either side from either person.”
On the causes of the failed gimmicks w/ Tiger Ali Singh & Teddy Long at the end of his WWE run:
“It wasn’t because of the Droz-thing. I will tell you, in my opinion, the character of D’Lo was floating around and doing really good things, and then Vince Russo went to WCW. And there were rumors of me going to WCW, and everything was downhill from there.
“I had a great time teaming with Chaz, but I hated the turbans and Tiger Ali Singh. That was the lowest point of my career.
“The Thuggin‘ and Buggin‘ was me floating through and them trying to find something. But I totally believe Vince Russo made the move to go to WCW, I don’t know where the rumors came from, but there were rumors that I was going to go to WCW, which couldn’t be further from the truth. And, as a result of that, life went downhill quickly.”
The full interview was a lot of fun to listen to, and you can click this link riiiiiiight….. here to listen to D’Lo discuss his time in the Nation of Domination, both of his TNA runs, success in Japan, involvement in Aces & Eights, being an agent, Ring of Honor and more.