D-Lo Brown Talks Chest Protector, Triple H's Role

D-Lo Brown has largely been out of the ring for almost a decade, but has seen plenty in his 20+ years as an entertainer.

The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling Podcast recently interviewed D-Lo, and spoke to him on a variety of topics. You can hear the full podcast at this link, and check out submitted highlights transcribed by Chad and John below.

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Where does he sit in the Cornette vs. Russo discussion: 

"I am in a weird spot. I love them both. I respect them both. For me I am just sitting back and watching and I stay away from the situation and I can't pick a side because both men mean a great deal to me and there is no way I could pick one or the other in any way, shape or form. I watch it and see what is going on but I recuse myself from the situation."

WWE having faith in D'Lo to be a top mid card attraction and holding the European and Intercontinental titles at once:
"I will tell you I remember sitting in my hotel room that night and having both belts and being like; "My God, this is really happening." It is something you always dream of, you dream of. You dream of an opportunity to get out there and try to connect with the people and be put in the spotlight and sometimes you don't see it happening. I remember sitting in that hotel room with both belts laying on the other bed and thinking to myself that this is real and this is really happening and I'm really getting the opportunity to go out there. The next night Ron (Simmons) saw me and said that they are really putting some trust in me and he said; "Don't let me down." And that is all I needed to hear. I tried my best from there to go go go and never take a night off and prove that they made the right choice in putting faith in me."
Did he see Triple H having aspirations to one day run WWE:
"He is always one of the boys. He is a ring general and he knew had control of the ring and that was something he was really good at. He was really respected in the locker room and I never saw that business side of him until he got into it and I thought that he was perfect for that by just knowing him. I didn't see it happening but once you start to see it than you say okay, he is going to do really well."
How he got his chest protector gimmick:
"I was sitting in catering and Jim Ross came and sat down next to me and said; "Kid, you are a talent and you can wrestle and you've got some character but we need to get you something that separates you and makes you stand out." I thought okay but he said he needed time to think on it. The next week at catering he sat down next to me again and said what about doing something like Iron Mike Sharpe with his forearm but something different and because you do a frog splash lets do a chest protector. My initial thought was to just nod and walk away and hope he would forget but inside I thought about it and no way would that work and I'd be the laughing stock of the locker room."
"At first people still didn't get it and they didn't understand it and it really didn't become part of the consciousness until Dx did that parody of The Nation and Road Dog played me. When he came out he was shaking his head he was wearing the chest protector and he was overdoing me and to a point where people thought that I didn't do that and two seconds later I came out and it was like, okay he really does do that and wear that."
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