The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast recently welcomed former WWE Superstar and member of the NEXUS, "The Darewolf" PJ BLACK (FKA Justin Gabriel). From his days wrestling in his native country of South Africa through his WWE tenure that saw him be a captain and main focal point of the NEXUS faction, PJ Black shows how he has made quite the name for himself in the wrestling world in both Lucha Underground as well as a stint in IMPACT wrestling after leaving WWE. In this excerpt from the 60 minute interview, Black reveals a pitch he made to Vince McMahon regarding the masked Bunny he portrayed while working alongside Adam Rose and the Exotic Express as well as if he is open to a WWE return. The full episode can be downloaded at this link.
Was he originally slated to be Adam Rose:
"It was supposed to be him but when I started wrestling that is the character I played. That character was also loosely based off of my real life and was for a long time that I was known as a party animal and my nickname at Lucha still today is actually "Spring Break" and I'm not like that anymore at all but in my early 20s and 30s that was basically me.
What was his idea for the Bunny:
"I had a bunch of different ideas and I'll give you one that kind of sparked the interest a little bit and I thought they were going to run with but never did, which was heart-breaking to me. I figured because you've followed the storyline with the Bunny and Adam Rose and my idea was that the Bunny would slowly become dark and he gets depressed or he gets moody or he doesn't want to be this happy character anymore and in the background of Adam Rose and kind of becomes the Donnie Darko character and very dark with like a shot of him backstage sitting and has dried blood on his fur or smoking a cigar and has ash on him and just looks grizzled. He's just beat up and doesn't want to be there anymore. But then he does these "hardcore" matches and he never wins and he never gets anywhere just gets more disgruntled and more mad and more angry and more ugly. If it would have been the Attitude Era that Bunny would have been the most over character ever but unfortunately it wasn't and they knew that too."
"It could have been anyone and if the Bunny's head came off it could have been anyone and at one stage it could have been Jeff Hardy or Kurt Angle or maybe it would have been me but my idea was no matter who it is people won't be shocked. The only thing that will make people shocked and an example I pitched was maybe the Bunny gets hurt for real and the ref thrown up the "X" and in a backstage segment where they pull the head off and all along it was Vince. He said; "Why the hell would I do that?" Because you are a crazy billionaire! That is why I would do if I was a crazy billionaire. How funny would that have been in that segment?"
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