Former 3-time NXT Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish was released from WWE back on August 6, a move which was made to help transition NXT into a new direction.
Fish recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet on Insight, where he discussed the transition that NXT went through, saying he was ready to help the next generation.
“The generation that I came up in and the generations that have come since, they don’t have…the people I watched as a kid when the business was somewhat protected, there were teachers still working and they would go out and teach you on the fly. I look at a guy like Fit Finlay, who I was fortunate enough to interact with while working at NXT, he was a guy, who towards the tail end of his career, he was doing something that not a lot of people were capable of doing anymore; go out and teach. He did a run on the Indies too where, the people he crossed paths with, he gave them an invaluable lesson, that you can count on one hand the guys that were capable of giving what he gave. The generations that I watched coming up, there were a lot more of them that were able to pass that tradition on and it was a different form of work. Now, that learning curve is different. You can’t resist it, it’s just the way things go. Everything has to evolve and progress to what it has to be. Change is inevitable,”
Fish continued, explaining that he was hoping to emulate Finlay and become a player-coach for the NXT brand before his release, saying:
“I thought that was where I was headed and I was okay with that. I was welcoming that. I thought, ‘Mmm, let’s see where this transitions.’ Fit, his career path and the way he was doing stuff when he had gone back for that Indie run and back to WWE, that was where I saw myself headed and hoped to have a similar grace in doing what I was doing at that time. It wasn’t in the cards. Somebody had different plans and here we are.”
Fish would go on to sign with All Elite Wrestling, where he lost to Sammy Guevara on last week’s (October 6) Dynamite show. Fish will have his second AEW match against Bryan Danielson on this Saturday’s episode of Dynamite.
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