Bow Wow Trains with Rikishi to start his career in wrestling
Bow Wow is taking his transition into wrestling seriously. He announced his start for in-the-ring training with WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi at the KnokX Pro Academy in Los Angeles back in mid-February. Although, he has not yet started training the two are talking about it. He stated he will focus on wrestling after the release of his final album.
Meeting Shad Moss aka Bow Wow For The First Time
During an interview with Chris Van Vliet on his podcast show “Insight”. Rikishi discusses how he connected with the rapper whose real name is Shad Moss.
“We’ve been talking and I’m very happy.” He says. “Back in the day, I was actually coming onto a flight in Atlanta and as I was making my way to my seat in first class, there Bow Wow was. I think he was about 9 or 10 years old at the time. But he was already making hit records…My father figure kicked in saying, ‘I’m very proud of you and continue the hard work, make sure you do good in school’ and that kind of stuff.
“Twenty-something years later, I see this tweet come up and I just put a message out to him… My passion for this business and for those coming in, I just felt obligated to teach him the right way.”
Embracing The Rapper and Training Him Is Good For Business
Rikishi isn’t going to let the rapper’s celebrity status have an impact on how he coaches. He says, in order for him to learn efficiently he has to understand how to protect himself when he steps into the ring. ‘How to be a storyteller and all that theatrical movement. Not really getting in there and punching each other in the face and so forth,’ Rikishi adds. He wants to know how coachable he will be. Test his athletic ability and see how fast he catches on to skills.
He says there’s no time for hate and jealousy. Bow Wow joining the WWE would be good for business. “If Bow Wow can come into our industry and put asses in seats at WrestleMania then why not? There’s no time for jealousy or those who just hate on the poor guy who is just trying to come in to live his dream.”