D’Lo Brown recently gave an interview to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, and revealed some fascinating insight into Triple H, The Rock and AJ Styles.
D’Lo was asked if he saw Triple H as having aspirations to one day run the company: “He is always one of the boys. He is a ring general and he knew had control of the ring and that was something he was really good at. He was really respected in the locker room and I never saw that business side of him until he got into it and I thought that he was perfect for that by just knowing him. I didn’t see it happening but once you start to see it than you say okay, he is going to do really well.”
Of course, one of the main talking points of the Attitude Era was when DX parodied the Nation of Domination: “We were in the back giving pointers and stuff to those guys but we didn’t know the verbiage per say but I totally knew what he was going to look like and what he was going to do. People think that to this day we were mad that they were shooting on us and they were shooting on The Nation but we were a part of what they did and still to this day I tell people that it is one of the greatest points for my character and it really put heat on The Nation / DX rivalry.”
Being part of the Nation of Domination with the Rock, D’Lo witnessed the creation and evolution of Rocky Maivia into the most Electrifying man in Sports Entertainment: “Nobody could foresee him being this giant movie star but you could see he was on the rise and he got very comfortable and fit in the confines of The Nation. As a guy who traveled with him, I could see him practicing different promos and different tones of his voice and trying to refine himself over the course of the next few years and when he was given his opportunity to step out of The Nation and go out on his own he just took off like a rocket and nobody could see if you were back in 1998 compared to now that if someone told me that Rocky would be not only one of the kings of wrestling but the biggest guy in Hollywood right now, if I could have bet anything on it, I’d be worth a billion dollars right now.”
When D’Lo left WWE, he had a few periods of time in TNA. During that time, he had interactions with the Phenomenal AJ Styles: “They said here is a kid that we feel we can build the company on him in a year and we need you to bring him up to speed. I loved it. AJ and I had some kick ass matches and if we were teaming or against each other AJ was like a sponge. After the match he’d pick my brain and we’d go out to dinner and talk psychology and talk about the business and not that I claim to have taught him everything but I feel like I had a small part in building the guy with the short hair to now being “The Phenomenal One” on TV every Tuesday night.”
D’Lo is a veteran of the business, and whilst he wasn’t necessarily a major player in the WWE, he certainly has had a lot of experience and influence around past and current WWE Superstars. I would encourage you to listen to this podcast and hear more insights like this.