Dolph Ziggler & Titus O’Neil Claim Life On The Road Is ‘Boring’, Former Superstars React

Bleacher Report has an interesting article which quotes Dolph Ziggler and Titus O’Neil talk about life on the road in the WWE, saying how its just a job where you go in, work, and leave. Whereas former superstars like Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake says that newer talent is ‘missing out’ on the brotherhood that used to exist in the lockerrom.

Ziggler, who considers about five percent of the WWE lockerrom his ‘close friends’ and another five percent as ‘friendly acquaintances’ said:

“It’s boring,” he says boastfully. “And that’s the way I like it. Everybody else, you just say hello. Not everyone’s friends with everyone else. You see them at the gym, you see them backstage, you see them when you’re checking into the hotel. But that’s it. I’m very happy with my alone time.”

Titus O’Neil equates the locker room to members of family you don’t really care for:

“We all have cousins we don’t like and aunts who cook food we can’t stand, but you have to sit there and act like it’s the greatest thing in the world. It’s like anything else. There are people you work with—even work well with. But you’re not going to have them at your house, hanging around your kids.”

Former WWE star Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake’ weighed in and claims that wrestlers today are missing out on road experiences that created special bonds in his generation. He said:

“In the ‘80s, the boys liked each other,” he contends, overlooking the fist fights that occasionally erupted backstage and in hotels. “We trained together in the gym, hung out together after the show. There were no video games or Twitter or Facebook. We actually talked to each other.”

Former WWE star Fred “Tugboat” Ottman recounted how wrestlers had a bad reputation in his time, for being rowdy, trashing hotel rooms, etc. He said:

“You never told the hotel clerk you were a wrestler because wrestlers liked to trash the room. A lot of guys actually believed the stuff that was on the marquee. When you mix testosterone and attitude—and your family’s living in another part of the country—you get into some precarious situations.”