Promotional boundaries be damned, Shawn Spears and Peyton Royce are making it work even though they no longer work together.
His time in WWE may not have been as fruitful as he would have liked as a performer, but Shawn Spears did meet his wife, WWE Superstar Peyton Royce, while they were both in NXT and now that they work for different promotions, Spears still takes every chance he can get to support his wife.
Speaking with Denise Salcedo, Spears opened up about continuing to make his relationship work and not caring so much about trivial things such as a Wednesday night ratings war.
Denise Salcedo sent WrestleZone the following quotes.
Shawn Spears On What His Relationship w/ Peyton Royce Is Like In Regards To The Ratings War
In terms of my wife, she obviously is a Monday nighter and doing very well. I watch her, I watch when she’s on, and kinda give her feedback when she asks for it and she’ll watch when I am on and she’ll kinda give me feedback of what she thought was good and bad. And that is the extent of our wrestling conversation but we love that about each other. And we love watching each other perform and going back and forth about different concepts and ideas. You’ll hear everyone talk about the Wednesday Night Wars and some talent in AEW will call themselves a ‘Demo God’ and all this kind of jazz. Look, knock yourselves out, sell t-shirts, do whatever you have to do. At the end of the day I don’t care, all I care about is the fact that 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 million people are talking about professional wrestling on Wednesday nights.
Shawn Spears Says WWE Offered Him A Coaching Job 3 Times, And Says He Still Has Years Left As In-Ring Performer
In terms of the coaching aspect and things like that, I’ve always been someone that prides [himself] in helping young talent. I have a school in Florida for that exact reason. I believe in giving back to the industry of professional wrestling that has given me a great deal in my life. Having said that, I am not ready to be a coach in AEW. WWE asked me to be a coach 3 times before I left. I took that as a back-handed stab at my in-ring ability, meaning you’re probably as good as you’re gonna be, you’re probably past your peak, maybe we should transition into some coaching. I don’t feel that, I feel I have a great deal to give. I still have a lot to accomplish, I haven’t hit many of the goals I‘ve set for myself… I also haven’t been in the main event scene, so I haven’t had to break my body for 20 or 30 minutes every night for 5, 6, 7,10 years on a consistent basis. I probably still have easily another 5,6,7 years of in-ring ability if I choose too, with ease, because I feel fantastic… In order to stay ahead of the young talent, you have to pay attention. You have to see what young talents are doing, and I see what a lot of young talents are doing, they are taking a lot of risks, high risks, hoping for high rewards, and with that comes a lot of high deal of danger/risks…
You can check out the full interview below: