Robert Strauss: Being A Manager Is A New Challenge For Me

Robert Strauss discusses his time in WWE.

After spending years in TNA/IMPACT and the Independent scene, Robert Strauss was signed by WWE in March of this year. However, upon joining NXT, he did not jump straight into the ring. Instead, the physically imposing former Robbie E was transformed into Robert Strauss, a business manager looking to build his brand with a new crop of talent.

Speaking to My Central Jersey, Strauss discussed transitioning from a wrestler to a manager.

"Nineteen years of being in sports entertainment takes a beating on your body," he said. "It's obviously very physical so to have this role which gives you a bit of a break from that is phenomenal. And also its a new challenge for me to work on something different because I have always been just doing physical stuff in the rings and now I'm outside the ring which is a new challenge for me."

Strauss has been spending time at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where the training and coaches have made the transition easier for him.

"At this facility and every day, you basically get everything you need to be the best sports entertainer you can be," said Strauss. "I get there and I don't want to leave. During the week, there is training and during the weekends, you do live events. It's crazy that after 19 years of being in sports entertainment, I'm still learning, but the coaches are so great and there is so much knowledge to gain. I've already learned so many things that I just never even thought of. I never thought I would learn more, but when you are with the top talent in the world teaching you — it's unreal."

Strauss is still recruiting wrestlers for his brand in NXT. While he is a regular at NXT live events in Florida, he has yet to make his debut on television.

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