Wrestling Origins: Enzo Amore

Wrestling Origins: Enzo Amore


Easily one of the most unique characters the
WWE currently has to offer, Enzo Amore really is a certified G and a bona fide stud. Though he may not be the best wrestler in
the world, his work on the mic is impeccable, which is why fans love him so much. Enzo and his partner Big Cass have made quite
an impact in WWE and seem to be destined for greatness, so today Wrestling Hub presents
Wrestling Origins: Enzo Amore. Eric Arndt was born on December 8th, 1986,
in Hackensack, New Jersey. He would grow up in nearby Waldwick, New Jersey,
where he attended Memorial Elementary School and Waldwick High. As a kid, he absolutely loved wrestling, and
as you may know his favourite superstar was and still is Shawn Michaels. Eric says that he always wanted to be a pro
wrestler, and that although he pursued other ventures along the way, wrestling was always
his dream. In High School, Eric would play football. This would eventually lead to Eric attending
Salisbury University and playing as a linebacker for the Sea Gulls from 2007-2009. Eric wasn’t the biggest guy on the field,
standing 5 foot 11 and 200 pounds, but he was definitely among the quickest. Unfortunately, Eric would suffer a neck injury
that would effectively end his football career. Before Salisbury, Eric he was kicked out of
Springfield College for, in his own words, “being too awesome”. He hasn’t really gone into the details,
but he says he was “having the time of [his] life” and was “out there raising hell”. It’s also worth noting Eric would eventually
obtain his degree in journalism, but swears he hasn’t read a single book in his entire
life. I don’t know if I believe that, but he’s
sticking to that claim. I’m sure this degree does help him today
though, as Eric reportedly writes tons of material for his own promos. His motto on the subject is “you keep reading
and I’ll keep writing”. After graduating, Eric would start working,
but not jobs that were expected of a journalism major. See, his father and uncle were all involved
in the music/entertainment business, so Eric began working as a DJ. He must have been pretty good, as he eventually
landed a gig as the official DJ for the New York Jets football team. He credits his experiences working on the
mic as a DJ for his ability to cut insane promos in WWE. Besides that, Eric also worked at a local
Hooters restaurant as a manager, and even briefly worked as a mover where he famously,
and accidentally, destroyed Alicia Keys piano. Since the age of 16, Eric had been training
at DeFranco’s Training Systems Gym in New Jersey. Purely by chance, WWE’s Triple H began training
with DeFranco a few years ago just before NXT was founded. As a lifelong wrestling fan, Eric was absolutely
ecstatic. He had absolutely no wrestling experience,
but that didn’t stop him from wanting to jump on this opportunity. Eric recorded a couple videos of himself,
cutting promos and showing off his athleticism. He would then give these tapes to Joe DeFranco,
who gave them to Triple H. Surprisingly, it took Hunter less than a week to offer Eric
a tryout with NXT. In August of 2012, WWE signed Arndt under
the ring name of Eric Anthony, but would quickly become Enzo Amore a few months later. He would train for only a few months before
making his NXT televised debut on May 22nd, 2013, where he was quickly defeated by Mason
Ryan. His character was an exaggerated version of
a “stereotypical, Jersey Shore loudmouth”. Side note: Eric actually made an audition
tape for the Jersey Shore TV show, but didn’t make the cut. Just imagine having him there along with the
Situation and Pauly D! Back in NXT, Amore would quickly form an alliance
with Colin Cassady, who’s now known as Big Cass. In a funny coincidence, it turned out Amore
and Colin had actually met 10 years earlier when they played basketball together in New
York, though didn’t really know each other until reuniting in 2013. Enzo and Cassady would feud with Mason Ryan,
but they would ultimately lose. After a few other relatively insignificant
feuds, Enzo and Cassady would enter a gauntlet match for a shot at the NXT Tag Team titles. They would defeat CJ Parker and Tyler Breeze,
as well as Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson before being defeated by The Ascension. In November of 2013, Enzo suffered a broken
leg while training. He would be out of action until June of 2014
when he returned to Cassady’s side. The two would chase the tag titles again,
this time by competing in a tournament. They would defeat Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger
in the first round, but fell to the Vaudevillians in the next. They would soon join up with the debuting
Carmella, who was supposedly forced to become a wrestler after Enzo and Cassady cost her
a job as a hairdresser. Of course, Enzo was continuously training
during his run in NXT, and he credits Bill DeMott and Dusty Rhodes as being vital to
his success in the ring and on the mic. He also thanks John Cena and Dusty specifically
for getting him some time on the mic to develop his character and win over fans. Moving to March of 2015, Enzo and Cassady
would defeat the Lucha Dragons to become the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team
Championships. They would get a shot at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable,
though were unsuccessful. In December, they would get another shot at
the titles at NXT TakeOver: London, as well as at Roadblock, but couldn’t come away
with the win. Enzo and Cassady would wrestle their final
match in NXT just before WrestleMania 32, which was when the duo was called up to the
main roster. On the RAW after WrestleMania, Enzo and Cass
would debut, without Carmella, and confronted The Dudley Boyz. The next week on SmackDown they would defeat
The Ascension in a tournament to determine the number one contenders for the WWE Tag
Team Championships. Enzo and Cass would defeat the Dudleyz the
next week on RAW, before facing off against the Vaudevillains in the finals at Payback. Unfortunately, Enzo suffered a legitimate
concussion in this match which ended their run at the title. Moving to Money in the Bank, Enzo and Cass
faced The New Day, The Vaudevillains, and Gallows and Anderson in a fatal-4-way tag
team match, though New Day would retain. In July, Enzo and Cass came to the aid of
John Cena who was being mauled by The Club, which resulted in the pair teaming with Cena
against them at Battleground, where they won. Shortly after at the WWE Draft, Enzo and Cass
were drafted to RAW where they would feud with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. This feud would culminate with a match at
SummerSlam where Jericho and Owens won. Since then, Enzo and Cass really haven’t
been up to all that much. Besides delivering some wicked promos, the
two don’t seem to have a clear direction as of now, so I hope WWE figures out what
to do with them soon. And that was Wrestling Origins: Enzo Amore. If you enjoyed the video, please give it a
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99 thoughts on “Wrestling Origins: Enzo Amore

  1. My name is Harry fisher
    I am a fan of enzo amore and big cass AND YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT
    And this channel right here? This is wrestling hub and he is a historian of wrestling AND YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT

  2. Cass sucks dick on the mike and is stiff is the ring. Pairing him with Enzo was a smart move though. He's nuts and is funny as shit.

  3. He worked as a manger at Hooters? He probably told the customers what do we have here, a couple haters, a couple of haters.

  4. 5,473rd Like!!! Typical WWE to give somebody a huge push & a couple weeks/months later have nothing for them

  5. Wrestling ORIGINS??? He just started and he's just a kid. His origin= exactly where he is right now. Fuck this guy sucks. Too many WWE guys from the millennial generation who are just talentless losers. Back in the day, you had to be larger than life. If you saw a classic generation wrestler in the airport, you knew they were a somebody. Now you just have to wear stupid clothes to hide the fact that you look like a nobody. If I saw Enzo in an airport I'd think he probably runs a hotdog stand. Hot. Dog. Stand. Loser.

  6. They should have been drafted to smackdown. I hate they way Enzo and Cass are being treated on Raw almost like tag team jobbers. smh

  7. I swear every single time I see the thumbnail for Enzo (the picture on the left side of the thumbnail) I keep seeing Anthony Green.

  8. There's no way Enzo broke Alicia's Keys. I doubt she'd even let him near her. 😀

    …..

    …….yeaaaaaaah~

  9. It's a damn shame they never let them win the titles. I don't know why, every time Enzo and Cass came out, there was a huge pop. These guys had the backing of the fans.

  10. he seemed destined for something more than a burger flipper. to much of that shit is too unlikely to be a coincidence

  11. everyone says that enzo will suffer more from being split from big cass but i think its the other way, big cass got over because of enzo, take away enzo and big cass becomes just another wrestler no matter how much vince pushes him, he has the potential to become another roman without enzo

    i think enzo should be put in a feud with neville for the cruiser weight title

  12. I am from jersey but enzo would not be able to beat me I am a real g in jersey I wish enzo would take me on in a match I am the real wrestler

  13. He won the Cruiserweight,lost it and got a match at TLC but even then I don't think WWE still has a clear storyline for him.

  14. not any more cause he did not kiss ego maniacs asses an cause he had A interesting character that would fited much better in the attitude era then with the pc vanilla midget acrobat wwe has now an cause he was accuse of rape even though he was proven innocent an you still have ass clown trying to call him A rape I hate the new america.

  15. I admit Enzo is great on the mic, but his personality (real or otherwise) really grinds my gears. You know the obnoxious and insufferable stereotypes associated with New England Patriots / Pittsburgh Penguins / Golden State Warriors fans? Enzo is that personified, on steroids.

  16. And neither has done anything except fail Cass even lost his girlfriend big loser😁😁😄😄😄😝 his name is Enzo amore and he was a certified joke a bonafide clown boodaboom biggest loud mouth failure in the room and you can teach that how you doing

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