During an appearance on “Wrestlers On The Road Ordering Room Service”, Jungle Boy discussed his father being a huge fan of Dusty Rhodes and how the WWE wanted him to gain weight in order to be hired. Here’s what he had to say:
On His Father’s Fandom Of Dusty Rhodes:
The shows used to freak me out, when I started to go to the shows and going backstage. There were all these big ass dudes and they’re a bunch of weirdos. Yeah! My dad would come with me. He used to tell me, ‘there are a lot of freaks in there.’ Yeah [Perry was a professional wrestling fan], he grew up watching wrestling. Dusty was his favorite. He met Joey [Ryan] at the Cow Palace. That was the first time I actually met Cody too, I think. Yeah, I remember my dad, he would bug the s–t out of me, but he would always come backstage without any permission or whatever. I’d be like, ‘dad, you can’t keep coming back here like that. Nobody else’s dad comes back.’ But then all these wrestlers are a bunch of marks and they’re like, ‘oh, can I get a picture?’ and I’d be like, ‘you guys!’ So my dad knew that Cody was there and I guess my dad had grown to kind of have a relationship with Dusty, so he was like, ‘I’ve got to talk to Cody.’ I was like, ‘dad, he has his own dressing room. You cannot…’ and he said, ‘it’s alright.’ So he walked all the way back there and Cody was sitting there with Joey and Cody is legit in his underwear. My dad was like, ‘I’m sorry, but I just got to say ‘hello” and that was my first time meeting Cody. It was super embarrassing.
On The WWE Wanting Him To Gain Weight:
I did some extra work somewhere else. And they basically told me, they were like, ‘look,’ they were like, ‘if you put on 30 lbs. or whatever, we will give you a job, but the way it is, it’s not going to happen.’ And I was just so bummed. I was like, ‘it bums me out that that’s the one thing that it gets hung up on because I know what I can do and I can do a bunch of stuff, but I think there are a bunch of guys who are way bigger than me who are not nearly as good and it’s silly to me to get so hung up on that.
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