Paul Heyman will go down in WWE history as one of the great managers of all time – and NXT UK star Trent Seven wants to follow in his footsteps.
The 40-year-old wrestler – who currently holds the NXT UK Tag Team Titles with his Moustache Mountain partner Tyler Bate – is a big admirer of the legendary performer and the work he’s done on both sides of the camera as a mentor for countless superstars, not least Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s always good to have things to fall back on, or things that give your persona or character different assets to utilise.
‘Say in eight or nine years where I’m like, “These knees are gone, I’m gonna give it up”, do I see myself as the UK’s Paul Heyman? Maybe!
‘Does there need to be a British representative that has that managerial feel, that boss-like feel? That’s something I take very seriously as a further part of my career. You’ve just gotta push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.’
Trent is already doing just that, entertaining fans alongside Tyler in and out of the ring, while also appearing on BT Sport’s The Run In preview shows for WWE’s premium live events.
The Godfather of NXT UK admitted he’s got one eye on the future, but he insisted that doesn’t mean he’s already considered hanging up his boots.
‘Obviously I’m a little bit older than pretty much all of the roster – not that I’m in the twilight of my career, I feel fantastic to be brutally honest! I’m not saying that I can go forever, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got another six or seven years left in me,’ he smiled.
‘Being on BT Sport, it’s great for your CV, it’s great for your confidence, just going out there, sat there with the bright lights on, talking. It gives me another chance, expelling the emotion that I’ve got for NXT UK, WWE and professional wrestling.
‘The more feathers in your cap, the better you are. The old saying of having all your eggs in one basket, it’s very unwise to do so in this industry. We do genuinely put our lives on the line and anything can happen.’
For Trent and Tyler, that regular risk has certainly paid off as they went into the festive season as the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions after dethroning Pretty Deadly earlier in December.
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‘It’s a nice little cherry on the top, especially after the last two years and how hard they’ve been. Performing in front of no one – or very little – has been, at times, quite demoralising,’ Trent admitted.
‘To walk out there with a WWE championship over your shoulder is a wonderful away to end the year. I’ve said this quite a few times – I don’t particularly base my career around the titles we win.
‘I believe if you work hard enough, you focus yourself on putting in the best quality performances, then they will come. But that doesn’t take away from how cool it is that you can just run around Wolverhampton showing everyone your WWE title.’
NXT UK airs Thursday nights at 8pm on the WWE Network and Fridays at 10pm on BT Sport 1. Watch the WWE Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 29 at 1am on the WWE Network.
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