Heath Slater Talks About Wrestling Vader On RAW, His Future, More

WWE wrestler Heath Slater joined Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll on this week’s “4th & Pain” — the only pro wrestling show hosted by an NFL player. Here are some highlights.

On what it was like to face Vader: I guess it was bittersweet, you could say. Growing up watching him I was scared to death and I had to get in the ring with him. I’ve been trained and everything and it’s like the only thing I’ve ever remember him by is destroying people, as you can see he pretty much destroyed me, but we don’t really have to talk to in on that . . . it was one of those things, he’s like 6-5, close to 400 pounds and here I am 6-3, 230 looking good, but the fact of the matter is he’s a mastodon of mayhem and I’m just the southern rock band trying to play a tune on his head and I just couldn’t get my tune right.

On if Vader has lost a step: Honestly, he can still hit as hard as he could. And judging by the people’s response, they started chanting ‘You still go it.’ So, I guess the WWE Universe . . . they think he’s still has it. You never really know. He did beat me, so what can I say?

On coming up short in the match: Honestly, deep down inside I was giving my best, but it was just too much man for me to handle, I guess.

On watching Vader and his big scary mask as a kid: I was just like you as a little kid, you know, scared to death to see it. So, no, I’m glad he didn’t wear it. I probably would left the ring and ran out!

It’s like one of those things, you were scared to death of his as a kid, and here I am in the ring looking at him coming down the ramp and the people going crazy and everything… It’s just like the goose bump feelings when you get that little knot in your throat. You’re just like, ‘Oh my God this is really happening.’ Like, I might as well just swallow my pride and give it my all.

On his predictions for his career in second half of 2012: I’m hoping to just stay around and get my (Intercontinental Championship) title shot against my old pro, Christian, and become a champion by the end of the year. But then again, you never know where the ball drops or falls with this company in WWE. I’m just keeping my head up and swinging the bat as many times as a I can. If the ball ever comes in my court I’m going to grab it and take off running as far and as fast as I can with it.

On keeping his name out there: That’s what social media is for, I’m guessing. You don’t really know when and where they’re going to put you or where you’re going to be. So, you’ve got to just keep up with Twitter and Facebook to keep your name fresh out there and try to just get in when you can.

The full interview with Slater can be heard at this link.