The Single Life
A cocky Rob Conway talks about life after La Resistance
Several weeks ago, former World Tag Team Champions La Resistance were split up when Sylvain Grenier was traded from RAW to SmackDown! in the blockbuster 11-person deal. Despite the immense success of La Resistance, Rob Conway could not be happier to see his partner go. According to Conway, it's now his time to shine in the singles ranks.
WWE.com: How successful do you feel La Resistance -- Rob Conway and Sylvain Grenier -- were as a team?
Conway: If you look at it, we were the most successful tag team in WWE over the last two years — whether on SmackDown! or RAW — we were the mainstay. There were tag teams that came and went, but we were the main tag team on RAW for the last two years. In fact, we had one of the longest-reigning tag-team championship reigns in WWE of the last decade. So, for the most part, I think we were more than just a success; we were the flagship tag team on RAW for the last two years. That's just plain greatness.
WWE.com: So, how has the Draft Lottery, and Sylvain Grenier getting traded over to SmackDown!, impacted you?
Conway: Well, now I have my opportunity to excel as a singles competitor, which I will. I have no doubt in my mind. But me and Sly traveled together, we trained together, we spent a lot of time together. We were as close outside the ring as partners can be, so traveling is going to be a lot different for me with him getting drafted to SmackDown!, but as far as La Resistance goes, I think we both grew as wrestlers to the point where it was time for us to go our separate ways — not because we wanted to not be a tag team anymore, but in general, success in wrestling a lot of times is gauged on how you do on your own. I think Sylvain is going to do fantastic over on SmackDown!, and I feel like it's my time to shine here on RAW and show people what I can do and not be limited as far as having to rely on a partner; it's my time. Plus, I carried the team.
WWE.com: What can fans expect out of Rob Conway in the near future?
Conway: All I've ever wanted in the wrestling business was the chance to show what I can do. And I believe that the harder you work, that it will pay off in the end. So, now that I have an opportunity to be on my own, I'm going to make the most of it. It is my time. And I didn't work this hard and go through the tag-team ranks … now it's time to be on my own and I look forward to the challenge. I mean, I'm a traditionalist as far as wrestling goes, and if you look at the guys in the business who are at the top for a long time — Bret Hart was a tag-team wrestler, then he worked his way through the Intercontinental Championship and got the respect of the fans. And then he worked his way to be World Champion. Shawn Michaels, tag-team wrestler. Worked his way through the ranks. Those are legends with legendary careers, as opposed to someone who might have had a title match early in their career. I don't mind paying my dues to get where I need to be. You just have a longer influence on the business. I want people to look back and say, "Man, that guy did it all!" And this is the start of it.
WWE.com: With the separation of La Resistance and the recent releases, some may say that this is your one shot to make it.
Conway: When you've got the kind of talent that I have, there is no such thing as one shot. I'm too talented to turn away. Chances are I'll only need one shot, though. The fact is, I carried the greatest tag team in WWE for the last two years. So, the way I look at it, I've been wrestling almost two-on-one (down) for the last two years. So, now that I'm going to be a singles competitor, it's going to feel like having Handicap Matches (in my favor) because it's going to be one-on-one instead of one-on-two. So, as far as this being my only shot, I only need one shot. That's all it's going to take. And the world is going to see what they've been missing out on for the last two years.