Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald talked to Heath at Wrestlemania Axxess about his past and NXT. Excerpts featuring Heath are below:
Every year WrestleMania Axxess gives WWE fans from around the world a chance to meet their favorite superstars.
However, the performers signing autographs and posing for photos with those who wait in line are also grateful to be there. Zack Ryder and Heath Slater have been on the roster for many years now, but they never forget where they came from.
“As a fan, I would wait in line to meet my favorite superstars,” Ryder said during an Axxess appearance at the San Jose Convention Center in March. “Now I’m at a table signing for thousands of fans. It’s a surreal experience.”
Slater has similar memories.
“Growing up and loving wrestling was awesome,” he said. “I mean I stood in lines to get autographs and pictures. It’s good to give back knowing as a kid you did the same thing. This was always a big deal. So hopefully we can make kids smile here.”
Ryder and Slater appreciate every moment and opportunity they are given. This has helped them endure in the top dog in sports entertainment. They’ve each seen friends and tag partners exit WWE one way or another. The two both believe evolving is a necessity in remaining relevant with the audience and decision-makers.
Slater added: “It is crazy to think about that because you never know when it will be the last time. So for us, we just like to go out there and give it our all every night and have fun doing it.”
Slater said: “NXT is awesome and doing wonders for the boys down there. It’s awesome that they have that, but I have my own goals. My personal goal is I want the Intercontinental title. It’s the only title I’ve ever wanted.”
The article, in which the writer also interviews Zack Ryder and Mark Henry, can be found here.
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