– WrestlingInc.com and Raj Giri recently interviewed Rocky Romero, who discussed the upcoming Talk N’ Shop A Mania event, planning the show with Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, and more. Below are some highlights.
Romero on Doc Gallows coming up with Talk N’ Shop A Mania: “In the beginning of this, it was really all the brainchild of Gallows. He kind of forced us into it, kind of, when the guys got let go from WWE. The next day, or within a couple days after he called us and said, ‘I’m gonna run a pay-per-view in my backyard, you guys are either in or you’re out,’ and we were like, ‘Uh, wait what are you talking about?'”
Romero on having to plan around the COVID-19 pandemic and the spikes with the virus in Georgia: “We were sweating it, because when we started to plan this, it looked [like] cases were going to be low. We didn’t realize that the second spike was gonna happen so soon, right? So when we were planning, we were like, ‘oh this will be a good time because things will really have settled, everything will be alright.’ Then you know fast forward, it’s like the week of, and the day we arrived to Georgia is the same day that Georgia went back into phase one.”
Romero on filming the show: “Wednesday was like the big shoot day, so people started to come in from the West Coast and everything… friends, some people came to stay with Gallows’ house. I came in that same day, me, Karl, and Gallows. We had a little meeting for what we’re going to do tomorrow with the director because he had gotten there and everything… [After], I guess some of the wrestlers stayed up pretty late drinking and exchanging stories. You know everybody’s been quarantined this whole time, so everybody was just excited to see each other.”
“Finally Gallows wakes up like about two hours later, finally gets his coffee, he looks terrible. We were like, ‘what happened to you yesterday?’ He was like, ‘oh I might have had a couple too many brother drinks with the other brothers.'”
On Gallows almost sleeping through the event: “We were kind of making fun of Gallows, and she was like ‘yeah, he was asleep and I told him Rocky and Karl are waiting for you downstairs’…and he rolled over and said ‘why are they here?’ and she was like ‘the pay-per-view! That you booked in our backyard!’ And he was like, ‘oh, sh–, that’s today!'”