Former WWE Superstar and NWA talent Chris Masters recently appeared on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast. Masters discussed a number of topics during the show, including the idea that the pro wrestling industry is still shifting towards ‘smaller’ competitors.
Chris Masters is a ‘body’ guy, with his physique being a big reason he was well liked in WWE. It’s worth noting however that Masters’ favourite WWE performer growing up was Shawn Michaels, so he has an appreciation of ‘lighter’ talent.
“I was joking around the other day when I went to the NWA tapings” Chris Masters began during the interview. “I got picked up at the airport, and there was somebody who got picked up with me that I hadn’t met before.”
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“I didn’t know who it was. He’s only about five foot 10, maybe about a buck 50 or something?” Masters continued. The business has changed so much that I just assumed ‘hey maybe this is some wrestler I haven’t met, maybe this is a really popular indie wrestler.’ But then I come to find out, like later that night, that ‘oh no he’s a camera man.”
“The business has changed a lot” Masters noted. “I’m not being disparaging…but always gonna be a place for big guys in wrestling, you know? I mean, it’s nice to see guys weren’t necessarily Hulk Hogan or something like that get opportunities.”
Chris Masters finished by saying that there still ‘needs’ to be larger than life talents in pro wrestilng. “We still want to have guys that look like grown men, you know? So I kind of fall on both sides of that [big guy vs little guy argument].
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