World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing a live pay-per-view to Nashville on Sept. 21, and tickets for the event are on sale now. The “Night of Champions,” as it is called, will make its way to Bridgestone Arena and, according to WWE tradition, it is the one night each year when all of WWE’s championships are defended.
I had the chance to speak with Jimmy Uso who, with his twin brother Jey, forms the current championship tag team The Usos. As a WWE fan in the Nashville area, the “Night of Champions” is like having the Wrestling Super Bowl in your back yard, and the interview with Jimmy is like having Santa Claus bring your presents early.
The Usos are the best and brightest of a young class trying to make a solid name for themselves in the WWE. Throughout their first reign as Tag Team Champions, there has been no duo more exciting to watch. One reason, perhaps, is their fan-pleasing antics: battle chants as they enter the ring, pyrotechnics and crowd participation as you hear the brothers yell to their loyal legion, “When we say Uce, you say Oh!” They always give a high-flying performance in the ring, and they’re sympathetic heroes. The brothers are always smiling during their matches. They stick up for underdogs who are bullied, and fans embrace them as the good guys. Jimmy also stars on the reality television show “Total Divas” on E!. His wife Naomi is one of the main characters, and she forms half of the WWE diva tag team group The Funkadactyls.
Q: In recent matches the Usos have served as allies to other WWE superstars that are either outmanned or being bullied. Do you enjoy that role?
A: Definitely, man. I mean, it’s not a bad role to have. If you are getting bullied, the Usos are here to help. We don’t mind giving a helping hand because we feel if you help out it will come back around. Like with the Wyatts and the John Cena feud; I mean, we have had John’s back for awhile now. We don’t mind if he does the same thing. It’s just the right thing to do.
Q: Being the most exciting WWE tag team champs in a long time, do you feel there is a big target on your back?
A: Once you get to the top it is hard to be at the top. We are at the top of the tag team division, and all these other guys, RybAxel, Los Matadors and The Wyatt Family, are all coming for us. But that is alright; that is what we do. If you want some come get some, we are ready.
Q: What is your prediction for your upcoming “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view match?
A: The Usos are going to walk out still WWE tag team champions. Of course, the Wyatts are a real threat to us. These guys are strong and fast and very unpredictable. These guys are crazy. There ain’t no telling what might happen. You are going to have to tune into the “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view to find out how it all goes down.
Q: Do people yell the Uso chant in public?
A: Yeah, man, all of the time. I was at the DMV recently getting my driver’s license fixed, and in the waiting area a guy saw me and yelled ‘Uce!’ I wanted to yell back, but I was like no man, I can’t do that, it is way too quiet in here. But it happens all the time.
Q: The Wyatt Family always looks dirty on television. When you wrestle them, do they stink?
A: Yeah, of course, yes. If they ever invent Smell-A-Vision, you will definitely want to plug your nose when that starts to happen because the Wyatts smell really bad. Yes, they do. Sometimes it’s hard to step in there with them and hard to kick out of maneuvers. Sometimes I would rather just take the loss and be down so I can get away from them.
Q: Do you guys like coming to Nashville?
A: Yes, Nashville is awesome. My wife went to Tootsie’s last time and really had a good time — good atmosphere, she said. She has to take me next time we are there. I flew in to see her last time — she had an extra night to wrestle in Nashville — and it looked great, like a real great place to spend some time and get to know the culture.
Q: Is there going to be a Season 3 of “Total Divas?”
A: Yes, Season 3 — we are actually filming it right now as we speak. It has its ups and downs. They are invading my private space right now as we speak. Like right at this moment. x