Former WWE wrestler Enzo Amore has finally spilled the beans on his invasion of Survivor Series last year.
The controversial personality, who was released by the WWE in 2018, memorably showed up to the PPV wearing a wig and, in all fairness, he paid for his ticket. But he was thrown out by security after standing on his chair and busting out his catchphrase, also pocketing a lifelong ban from all future events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Speaking to Title Match Wrestling in a recent interview, Amore explained that his reasons were simple. He did it for the publicity.
“I’ve been planning that, bro, I’ve been planning that. It was - they called me by the way. Before [the event]. They called me before I invaded Survivor Series. A 203 [area code] number called me a few times, my voicemail is full, thank you very much, and I have no idea what they wanted. I knew what I was going to do, so I wasn’t going to answer the phone.
"It’s simple - I’ve sat here and explained so much to you about marketing, and the character of Enzo and how I marketed him - do you people have any idea how much money it costs if you’re a business on a marketing advertising level, trying to trend in the top 5 worldwide? And how much more powerful that is than cable numbers on commercials? So why not do it?
"I beat Survivor Series on many things in many facets in trends. I trended #1 worldwide and had things going on and said about me in articles, understand if you typed it or read it, I probably manifest it.
"I did it for very, very few reasons. The next day they’re going to sit in on a meeting at Monday Night RAW, and they are going to go over all of their trends and topics, and I’m going to pop up on there. They don’t have a choice, and they are going to see that I did better numbers, as far as statistically speaking, than any other wrestler on that was on that pay-per-view.
"Now look at Paul Heyman, look at ECW. Now take this back to the 1990s, WCW, Dusty Rhodes, take this back. I’m one f***in’ man. One man purchased a - purchased! - a $2500 ticket, showed up in a wig, and stood up on a chair and got thrown out for that. I broke no laws. So if you tell me, if you’re into marketing, you tell me break no laws, have no repercussions for your actions for $2500, you’re going to trend worldwide [that you wouldn’t do it]? Kiss my ass everybody. Y’all can talk your shit. Guys that were in the ring, no disrespect. There’s a reason why I did it before the bell rang.”
What This Means
Well, like it or not, Enzo knows how to make himself relevant, even if it's in a pretty bad light. His explanation is pretty sound too; he really trended as a result of his little stunt, although he can't even watch the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers play at home if he wants to now.