The Certified G and Bonafide Stud talks Spider-Man, SummerSlam, and more!
By Blake Garris & Ben Morse, photos courtesy of WWE
Enzo Amore has a lot going for him. We already knew he clocks in as a certified G and a bonafide stud—as he reminds the world each and every week on WWE Monday Night Raw—but now we’ve learned he’s got geek cred as well.
Before Enzo and tag team partner Big Cass face off against Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens this Sunday at WWE SummerSlam—available on the WWE Network—we caught up with him to get his thoughts on Spider-Man, the WWE Draft, and much more.
Marvel.com: Ok, first question: So Chris Jericho. How are things going with him right now?
Enzo Amore: Chris Jericho? You know, he can try everything he wants to do in this world. He can try to bring me and Big Cass down, but Big Cass is seven-foot-tall and I’m larger than life, dude. [Laughs] I mean he can give it his best college try, but at the end of the day, you know, I’ll hit him with a haymaker pancake and drop him, you know?
Marvel.com: What are you and Cass going to bring to SummerSlam against Jericho and Kevin Owens?
Enzo Amore: We are going to bring the hometown heat. I have yet to be up in the Tri-State area as a pro in this business on the WWE main roster. It will be me and Big Cass’s first time together. Big Cass had the opportunity in New Jersey in Newark at the Prudential Center to get out there in front of the crowd. I was coming back from injury so I wasn’t there that day. So this will be the first hometown crowd that me and Big Cass get to get out there in front of and the fact that it is SummerSlam in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, is just mind-blowing to me; it’s humbling, it’s just an experience in and of itself and the fact that you’re stepping in there with a guy like Jericho who you’ve looked up to at some points in your career, growing up as a kid, loved him. Then a guy like Kevin Owens who’s been around the world his whole career as well. You know, when your idols become your rivals and when you step in the ring with guys who mean business, that’s [when the magic] happens and unfortunately for these guys, I could pull a rabbit out of the hat and Big Cass, you know, he’s gonna pull a Louisville Slugger out of his trunk so [Laughs] at the end of the day, we’re out here trying to hit a home run.
Marvel.com: What’s the experience of being on the main roster and being drafted to Raw been like?
Enzo Amore: Oh, it’s crazy man. Draft Day was one of the wildest days I’ve had in my four-year tenure here at the WWE. Obviously I spend a lot of time in [NXT]. Only been up here in the WWE since the night after WrestleMania, but that Draft Day, you literally watched some guys you would consider your comrades or the guys you would consider your enemies go their separate ways. And literally they get in the car and you just don’t see that guy [Laughs], you know, for the foreseeable future. Some of these guys are guys you drove in cars with, some of your best buddies you hit the gym with and the fact that, there’s literally a brand extension where we are not going to see each other anymore, this might be your roommate or somebody you got to know real well like—me and Big Cass fortunately staying on the same side, Monday Night Raw, but I’ve lost some good buddies to SmackDown and vice versa. I just look at it as a competition and when they drafted us to Monday Night Raw, it instantly became the best show on television.
Marvel.com: You’re obviously a great team player as we see with you and Big Cass. How do you think you would do as a member of the Avengers? What would you bring to the group?
Enzo Amore: I think I’d obviously have the freshest gear in all of the Avengers. That’s for sure. I would imagine that fire just spewed out of my mouth a hundred miles an hour, probably enough to propel myself into flight; I could probably fly because I’m as fly as they come and if anyone thinks of flying’ at me like Chris Jericho, I’ll pluck his feathers. But, you know, the Avengers—I was always a big Spider-Man fan. That was my guy. I used to have him in the ring all the time against Shawn Michaels growing up as a kid with the action figure. But yeah, I guess I would probably just spit fire.
Marvel.com: What got you into Spider-Man in the first place?
Enzo Amore: Oh, my pops, man. My pops is a big, big, big comic book collector. He’s got more than I know what to do with and he’s bought em’ and sold em’ probably a majority of his adult life. You know, he went back and bought the ones that he had sold after his adolescence. So, I guess he got me into Spider-Man. I also liked Captain America and I also liked the Spider-Man cartoon when I was a kid.
Marvel.com: Anything else you want to say before we finish up?
Enzo Amore: Yeah man, you know SummerSlam is the first time me and Big Cass come together in New York City since last year in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This time, it’s our main roster debut in New York and in front of that hometown crowd—my 86-year-old grandmother will be in the front row. My mother, my father, my sister, my brother. Likewise with Big Cass, you know? So it’s a reunion of sorts for a lot of people that we grew up with and who have been able to watch us and the things that we’ve been doing on TV lately, but live in the flesh, there’s nothing like it.