2xzone.com's Michael Barton talks with Romero Roselli on December 15, 2006.
Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Romeo Roselli
after he completed his 1st ever tour of Italy, where he
also became the NWE Heavyweight Champion, defeating Vampiro.
Roselli, formerly of The Heartthrobs tag team of WWE fame,
is now mainly a singles competitor wrestling for various
independent promotions, and is one of the true class acts
in this business, both inside and outside of the ring.
Michael: What was it like going to Italy?
Romeo: “It was an absolute dream
come true. I have very strong Italian roots, and wrestling
in Italy was always one of my main goals in wrestling. Most
of my family was born in Italy, and have eventually moved
to the United States. However I still have some family who
lives there and I was able to see them and they were able
to see me perform for the very first time, so that was extremely
special to say the least. And to top it all off, it was
my first time visiting my homeland, so the situation couldn't
have been any better. Furthermore, it is a gorgeous country.
And the last night of the tour, winning the Heavyweight
Championship, you couldn't have written this any better.
Michael: What is the wrestling scene like?
Romeo: It was great. The arenas were packed
every night with loud, enthusiastic fans. And we spanned
pretty much the entire country of Italy from the north all
the way down south to Sicily. Every show was electric. We
worked in front of crowds ranging from 800-4500.
Michael: Who did you defeat for the Italian
World Heavyweight Title? What was the finisher?
Romeo: I defeated Vampiro, which was an
absolute honor. He is an experienced veteran and is legendary
overseas. After several attempted pins, a referee getting
knocked out, and an attempted belt shot to the face, he
went for his finisher the chockslam, which I reversed into
a victory roll type pin for a quick 1, 2, 3. And the wild
Italian celebration began =). It wasn't like when we won
the World Cup this past summer, but I'd say it was still
pretty damn cool =).
Michael: What are your future aspirations
for the Italian World Title as well as your stateside goals?
Romeo: I am looking forward to defending
the NWE Heavyweight Championship against any and all comers.
It is an absolute honor to be the new flag bearer for the
NWE, and I am looking forward to becoming a cornerstone
for the company and helping them continue to become the
most successful international wrestling tour in the world
today. I may be stepping into some big matches and even
though I'm champion, will probably be an underdog in most
matches, but in Italy, that's my house, and nobody's gonna
come into my house and push me around. Especially with all
the great Italian fans behind me. This is a little extra
special and important since its in my blood. As far as stateside
goes, I'm gonna just keep doing my thing and entertain to
the best of my abilities.
Michael: Thanks for the interview, Romeo.
Romeo: Thanks for having me, and please
feel free to visit www.RomeoRoselli.com and www.myspace.com/romeoroselli
as well as www.nwewrestling.com