Diamond Dallas Page says Monty Brown could have been a "main event dude."
For a short period, Monty Brown was a professional wrestler between 2000 and 2007. During that time he wrestled for WWE and TNA (now known as Global Force Wrestling). While in TNA he wrestled a few matches teaming and facing off with Diamond Dallas Page, who spent less than a year in TNA. On a recent episode of Fightful Wrestling's The List and Ya Boy podcast, Page talked about his time in TNA. He spoke about Brown and his opinion on Brown's potential as a professional wrestler.
"I thought Monty Brown was a star years before he got (to TNA). If it would have been in the middle of my run when I helped thirty guys get jobs, Monty would have been part of the crew. If he had got to me earlier...I loved his look when he had the dreads and stuff," said Page.
Brown was an NFL Linebacker for four seasons, starting seven games his last season with the New England Patriots. He was an undrafted Division II college player who worked his way into the NFL. The six-foot-two, two hundred and sixty-five pound Brown was recruited by Dan Severn for professional wrestling. He wrestled for two years before he showed up in TNA. Page said during his time at TNA he became very impressed with Brown's athleticism and progress in the ring.
"Talk about an athlete. He was as good as an athlete as you could get. He just needed experience in the ring. When people say to me 'Who do you think should have made it and didn't?' Monty would be one of those guys. It really comes down to how the company uses you too," said Page. "He's a guy that could have been a main event dude," he added.
After TNA, Brown went to WWE and was apart of their ECW brand. He wrestled a lot of matches during his year in WWE. He found himself in the ring with the likes of CM Punk, Bobby Lashley, and Rob Van Dam. He never held a championship in WWE or TNA. Brown's last match was against CM Punk in the ECW World Heavyweight tournament. He was eventually released from WWE after some time away from the ring. He subsequently retired from professional wrestling. Ten years ago when he retired, Brown was thirty-seven years old.
Currently, Brown is a personal trainer with his own company Alpha-1 fitness.
Also during his interview, Page talked about how he got into TNA and why he wanted to join their roster. He also discussed his admiration for Chris Jericho's longevity. The List and Ya Boy often features interview segments with wrestlers and wrestling personalities like Matt Riddle, J.J. Dillon, and Page.
The List and Ya Boy airs Wednesday at 3 pm eastern on FightfulPods.com.