King of an­noy­ing

Crazy-haired, crazy-eyed Enzo Amore is the WWE’s new “G”.

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Enzo Amore’s been in the WWE for less than six years and “in that time I’ve had more bro­ken bones and bumps that I did through school play­ing foot­ball!” says the 30-yearold. And while fans think “oh no, not him!” when Enzo shows up, WWE Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Of Tal­ent, Live Events & Cre­ative Triple H jumped at the chance to sign him in 2011. And that says some­thing for Enzo’s tal­ent!

FANS IN HIGH PLACES

New Jersey-born Enzo (real name Eric Joseph Arndt) didn’t start out want­ing to be a wrestler. He stud­ied jour­nal­ism at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity in Mary­land and played foot­ball on his var­sity team (as a line­backer and safety). “I’d grown up lov­ing wrestling and watch­ing it, but I never con­sid­ered it a pos­si­bil­ity,” says Enzo. Turns out he had a fan thanks to his per­for­mance spe­cial­ist – Enzo had been train­ing with fit­ness guru Joe DeFranco since he was 16 and Triple H started work­ing with Joe in 2011. Joe showed Triple H a cell­phone video of Enzo goof­ing around in the gym pre­tend­ing to be a WWE Su­per­star and he was sold. “I brought him in for a try-out and ev­ery­one – I mean ev­ery­one – told me to cut him,” ex­plains Triple H (real name Paul Levesque). “I told them, ‘He has huge per­son­al­ity. If he can an­noy us this much, imag­ine what he’ll do in the ring and with fans who’re go­ing to love to hate him!’”

TRAIN ME, TEACH ME

Don’t think that Enzo just walked into the WWE though. He spent four years – from 2012 to 2015 – learn­ing the ropes on NXT, the WWE’s train­ing and fin­ish­ing show. “And now I’m work­ing in the ring with ‘The Heart­break Kid’ Shawn Michaels!” Enzo gushed in Jan­uary 2017. “I grew up watch­ing him. I’m learn­ing from the great­est of all time about the busi­ness. It’s full cir­cle for me. When I met him back­stage, I showed him this au­to­graphed pho­to­graph I got from him when I was a kid. He just laughed.”

LEARN­ING CURVE

But wrestling isn’t nearly as fake as Enzo first thought. He’s 1.8m tall and 91kg but he’s been left in a heap more times than he cares to re­mem­ber. Like in May 2016 when he was knocked out dur­ing the Pay­back pay-per-view – his head hit the ring ropes, throw­ing him into the matt and con­cussing him. And in De­cem­ber 2016, Enzo was jumped by Ru­sev and left with a giant bruise over his whole leg – a knee in­jury kept him out of ac­tion for a month at the same time too.

Love to hate Enzo? That’s the point of his char­ac­ter.

Enzo showed off his bruise on so­cial me­dia.

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