Road Dogg speaks out about challenges with creative role Submitted by Aaron Rift on 06/14/2019 at 08:28 AM
"Road Dogg" Brian James appeared on Sean "X-Pac" Waltman's podcast and here are the highlights courtesy of 411Mania.com...
On working at the Performance Center: ďItís definitely a different environment [from writing Smackdown]. But itís also something where I realized that like, I got caught up in running so hard that I didnít make time for myself, and make time to do the things I needed to do to maintain my sobriety and my serenity. So what this has given me, and believe you me, I realized it was nobody else but me. It was me who was almost keeping myself under water and gasping for air every now and then. Now I feel like I can come up and breath a little bit, and do some of the things I was lacking to help me kind of stay mentally stable.Ē
On the stresses of being the lead Smackdown writer: ďSo look, itís a hectic schedule. Writing a live two-hour television show weekly is not easy. And I know that a lot of people on the internet think itís just the easiest thing since sliced bread. But itís difficult when you have to think of keeping the lights on and pleasing sponsors. And everybody wants it to be rated R. And thatís a time thatís gone by, and itís not coming back. Itís difficult.Ē
On needing a break from the creative team: ďPeople have to protect you from yourself and thatís a sad thing. I had people trying to protect me, but Iím so hard-headed, I wanted to keep going. I didnít want to feel like I tapped out. I didnít want to feel like I gave up. And I donít feel that way, I donít feel guilty about it. Iím glad, I think itís a sign of maturity that I stood up for myself and kind of said, ĎHey, Iím gonna crack if I donít do something differently right now. So that was on me, and now Iím trying to do something differently. The job here is not etched in stone, itís kind of still evolving and still oscillating. [Itís time to get some] fresh attitude, fresh eyes, fresh creativity [on Smackdown].Ē