Darren Young was recently interviewed by WINCLY. During the interview, he revealed the idea that he pitched to Brandi Rhodes and AEW, discussed his relationship with all of the Rhodes’ family and more. Here are the highlights:
On The Idea He Pitched To Brandi Rhodes:
I’ve talked to Brandi, I’ve sent her ideas about teaming with Sonny Kiss. If no one has ever heard of Sonny Kiss he’s an incredible talent. And the story would be like, I’m the big brother, he’s the little sister, you know? So no one messes with my little sister Sonny Kiss. I think we could rock-and-roll in AEW as a team. Me, making sure no one messes with him, me having his back, and him wowing the crowd with his athleticism, and me wowing the crowd with my ground-and-pound attack.
So I presented the idea to Brandi. I sent it to her and creative, I just haven’t heard anything back. Like I said, I’d love to get an answer, as to ‘we have nothing for you’ so I can just keep it moving, but I haven’t gotten anything.
On If Brandi’s Lack Of Response Has To Do With His Reputation:
I hope I don’t think I’m a bad talent, or someone hard to work with. My reputation in WWE speaks for itself. Some of the top talent really enjoy me as a talent – Sheamus, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle – these guys have my back and always gave me the time of day. So I think I’m pretty good to work with.
On His Relationship With Cody Rhodes:
Cody and I have been in some matches together, and Cody’s always been a cool guy to be around backstage. He might, in a funny, cool way, stir the pot between people, but it’s all in good fun.
On The Impact Dusty Had On His Career:
But his dad was very influential in getting me up to NXT and starting at the performance center in Tampa, Florida at the time, with Percy Watson as the Southeast Party Boy. So any time I was around Cody’s dad I never wanted to let him down. I never wanted to let Dusty down. Even if I was nervous to do a promo I made sure that I nailed it. I made sure that, even if it did suck, I still tried.
On How Close He Is With Goldust:
The relationships with The Rhodes are great, you know? Especially Goldie. Goldust is someone that I really, I think I was more closer to Goldie than Cody. Cody and I were cool. But I was a lot more closer to Goldie because I remember his career early… WCW and stuff like that. He was always known for selling. He could sell. He could tell a story in the ring. He was a great storyteller. So I always clung on to him, not only as a fan, but I’m working with him.
With Goldust, there would be nights where, we could be on tour ten nights in a row and Goldust would come up to me and be like, ‘Hey Darren, you mind taking the heat? You don’t have to take the heat if you don’t want to, but I’m a little beat up.’ And I’d say ‘Absolutely, Goldie! I’ll definitely take the heat for you.’ Because I want to out-sell him, I want to outperform him. He’s one of the best that does it, so I want to mirror him and try to do it better. And at the end of the day, everyone finishes at the finish line strong, and everyone looks go.
You can listen to the full interview below: