In a new interview with Chris Van Vliet , Bobby Fish had multiple things to address ranging from his WWE release to his future with AEW and MLW. He had nothing but good things to say about these new companies he’s working with, praising AEW specifically for their recent product.
“Man, they’re hitting home runs there. When you’re making contact with almost every pitch, it’s just a good time for them right now,” Bobby said. “Opportunity is what it is – it’s opportunity. And you’re either going to do something successful with it or you’re going to fall on your face and learn from that mistake.”
But in the case of MLW, Fish recognizes that this may be an environment that is a little “different” than he’s used to. Fish is nevertheless excited for a chance to return to indie wrestling and incorporate more of his own creative influence.
“I’m excited. It’s an interesting place to get out there on the indie scene and kind of doing this thing freehand,” he explained. “When you spend a good amount of time in this business, you experience… Every place is different. No place is better or worse, just different. It’s certainly different getting back into the swing of things with where I am now and in a place like MLW.”
The former WWE NXT star may be most familiar from his role in The Undisputed Era alongside Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and fellow AEW signee, Adam Cole. Now focusing on his singles career, Fish is determined to get back in the swing of things without a partner in his corner.
“I think it’s like, you get your bearings, you’ve got to give yourself that time. But I think when you have done it for this long, transitioning between the two, I don’t want to say it is easy, but you know it’s going to happen,” Fish noted. “You just have to be patient with it sometimes. They both have pros and cons to them, just like anything else. But towards the end of our Ring of Honor run, Kyle [O’Reilly] and I stopped tagging. I did mostly singles. Then transitioning to NXT, it turned into a couple of years of mostly tagging. I don’t know how to categorize the tail end of my run, but now I am back to kind of a singles route, and I am happy about it.”
Fish looks back on his time with WWE fondly, especially his debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“As a whole, I would say that it was one of the highlights of my career. Obviously the Tokyo Dome and New Japan stuff were highlights as well, I don’t rank things above or below necessarily. But debuting in the Barclays Center, standing next to 2 of my best friends, and getting that reaction that is now somewhat estranged to us because of the lack of crowds recently,” Fish said. “There’s all that, and as a whole, I think when we found out that it was going to be Adam [Cole], Kyle and I. That was NXT’s idea. It felt like we were just waiting for someone to come into the room and go ‘Ah! We were just screwing with you.’
The Undisputed Era dominated the scene of WWE NXT at their peak, even ‘fulfilling the prophecy’ (as they called it) by holding the NXT World Championship, the NXT North American Championship, and the NXT Tag Team Championships simultaneously.
“From that point all the way to when they added Roderick Strong, who at the time if they had suggested anyone other than Roddy, we would have been unsure. It was just kind of serendipitous in it being 4 legitimate close friends. It made it feel like we were not going to work. Even when we were running hard and we were the workhorses of NXT. I will say wholeheartedly and with confidence, we loved it, because it was what we went there to be, and it wasn’t hard. You were just hanging out with your buddies and it didn’t seem real.”
If given the choice, Fish is unsure if he would have ridden out the remainder of his in-ring career as part of the NXT roster. The fact that he was as successful as he was seemed a bit of a surprise to him, as he claims he’s not the WWE “prototype” for a star.
“I mean I was just trying to be present with it and not think too far ahead. There was definitely a time in my career where I thought the standards required in WWE would have ruled me out at that point. Let me put it this way, I am far from the prototype. And at that point in my life, even further from the prototype,” Fish stated. “So to get the opportunity that I got, for Triple H and Shawn Michaels to roll the dice on us and give us an opportunity to end up in this great group that was compared to DX and The Horsemen, it doesn’t get any more humbling.”
Lastly, Fish commented on the way his release went about, noting that he received the same phone call as other stars. But he also sees this as a page turning on one chapter of his career to lead into a new chapter filled with opportunity.
“It was a phone call, the same one that everybody gets. It’s just that it is what it is. The beauty of it is that now there are all of these opportunities, and it’s about figuring out what ones are worth taking and see where it goes.”