Balls & Axl receive WWE tryout
Former ECW Tag Team Champions Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten received a WWE tryout match last night before RAW went on the air. The match was designed to allow Balls and Axl to showcase their ability in the ring in front of WWE officials. If all goes well for Balls and Axl, they will have impressed the WWE officials and may even be offered WWE contracts. Here are what Balls and Axl had to say after their match.
WWE.com: What was it like getting that phone call from WWE?
Balls: The Talent Relations department called me up and asked what I had going on Monday and Tuesday night. And I said, ‘Wait a minute, okay, stop. What's going on, is this a joke?' And they said, ‘No, we're serious; we want to take a look at you.' So, I said, ‘Okay. Yeah! Twist my arm. Sure. What do you think I want to do with my life?' I mean, I love working for the (independent circuit), but you can't make a living and start a family and have a home working from indies. So to come in here in front of 15,000 people and hear them chanting ‘Balls, Balls!' … I'm on top of the world right now.
Axl: You have to understand, this is something that we've both wanted to do since we were old enough to walk — since we were four or five-year-old kids. We've known each other since we were teenagers, and this is the culmination of everything we've worked for our whole lives, to be able to walk out in the Continental Airlines Arena and hear people chant ‘Balls … Axl! Balls … Axl!' It's the most incredible feeling we've ever had in our wrestling career; it's incredible.
Balls: As far as I'm concerned, it's not done yet. Hopefully, this is just the start of the new Balls and Axl. Hopefully, this is a new chapter, a new beginning.
WWE.com: How'd you guys feel about your match tonight?
Balls: Well, I'm happy with it. The fans loved it. So far, it seems everyone liked it.
Axl: The consensus is that it was very good, and from our point of view, from being out there and competing in it … we're never going to say that it was great because we can always do better, but everyone we spoke to enjoyed it, and we know the fans had a blast because if it's one thing that Balls and Axl do when we go to the ring is throw a party. The party might only be 10 minutes long, but when we get out there, it's a 10-minute party with the fans chanting and having a good time. And tonight in the Continental Airlines Area, it was 15,000 people or 20,000 people laughing, joking and on their feet having a good time. And we're going to do it in every arena that we go to, all over the world.
WWE.com: So we can expect to see you guys in the future?
Axl: Oh yeah. We're bringing the vagabond show of misfits, freaks and creeps and taking it right on the road and taking it right on down to Philadelphia, parking the hardcore, chair-swinging freakmobile right there at the Wachovia F-U Center — or whatever they're calling it these days — and we're bringing all the hardcore maniacs from Philadelphia right out there with us. And Baltimore we're going to do the same thing, and in Cleveland and Rochester, the tour of the world …
Balls: …We're going to Mohegan Sun (in Uncasville, Conn.). Can you imagine Balls and Axl in the casino? Oh my goodness. Forget about it!
WWE.com: Coming off an ECW high, tell me about your feelings about the whole ECW pay-per-view.
Axl: You know, the thing was, it validated us in the fact that we realized that we didn't work eight or nine years in vain. We actually built something with ECW, and with the culmination of that pay-per-view showed that Balls and Axl are not dead, ECW's not dead, and the fans still get behind us and believe in what we've done. It's a great high to know that when we walk out there — like we did tonight — for a WWE event and the people went nuts chanting our names and going crazy, it validated us and let us know that we didn't work in vain all those years. And we accomplished what we wanted to do, which was walk out there tonight and blow up a WWE house; it was incredible.