Enzo Amore fulfilling dream in WWE

– Mike Mooneyham

“My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G (gangster), and a bona fide stud, and you can’t teach that. Bada Boom!!!”

While Enzo Amore might not be the biggest guy on the WWE roster, he’ll be the first to tell you he’s got one of the biggest mouths.

And he’s taking it all the way to the bank.



The 5-10, 200-pound Amore and his near seven-foot tall partner, Big Cass, have taken the WWE tag-team division by storm since arriving on Monday Night Raw the day after Wrestlemania. And, as their catch phrase goes, you can’t teach that.

The 29-year-old Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, is a true blue Jersey boy — he begins all conversations with “How you doin’?” — who has been turning heads with his colorful ring apparel and banter. “I rep it like a barbell, baby,” he boasts of his Northern roots. The self-proclaimed “Smacktalker Skywalker,” “Jordan of Jargon” and “Muscles Marinara” has been in the business less than five years, but has been one of the featured performers on the Raw brand since landing on the main roster seven months ago.

“I don’t think anybody could have expected that,” Amore says of the tremendous fan reaction. He had spent his first four years in the business honing his skills in WWE’s NXT brand before he and Big Cass — short for Colin Cassady — were called up to the main roster. He had hoped that their success in NXT would carry over to the big show.

“As fans of this business who have watched Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania year after year, we knew that crowd would be very similar to the European crowd that gave us such a warm embrace at NXT TakeOver (three months earlier in London). A lot of those Europeans were at the meet and greet at WWE’s Wrestlemania Axxess out there in Dallas. We had an idea that some of the people in the crowd might know the words to the intros. But we couldn’t have expected it to be the way it was. It was a moment. We got an opportunity of a lifetime out there.”

And he’s making the most of it, delivering classic lines each week on WWE’s flagship show while sporting a flair for fashion.

While some wrestling personas are outsized versions of the men playing the part, the likeable Amore says he actually tones his ring character down.

“Most people say when they get on screen, the most successful acts are people who are just themselves and turn the volume up. But in my situation, I gotta turn the volume down,” he laughs.

Chance encounter

While he never wrestled at the amateur level, Amore was a standout in several others sports at his high school in Waldwick, N.J.

“I was a ball guy. I played basketball, baseball, football. I excelled in football the most. I played running back, wide receiver, safety, kick returner, punt returner. Small school, but it offered me the opportunity to do it all.”

His high school exploits provided Amore the opportunity to play at the next level at Division III school Salisbury University in Maryland where he lettered and started every season.

“It was D3 and I played some safety and outside linebacker there. A couple interceptions, a couple sacks. I had a fun time there,” says Amore, who holds a degree in journalism.

Between college and his start in the wrestling business, Amore worked as a disc jockey for the New York Jets, moved pianos and served as a manager at a Hooters restaurant. It wasn’t exactly a blueprint for a future career in WWE.

Fast forward a decade, and Enzo Amore is living his dream. And it’s all because a chance meeting with Triple H (WWE chief operating officer Paul Levesque), through their mutual personal trainer, Joe DeFranco, got Amore’s foot in the door and led to an eventual WWE contract.


For photos and the rest of the article, go to




WWE Holiday Tour

A number of titles will be on the line when WWE brings its Holiday Tour to the North Charleston Coliseum on Nov. 27.

Kevin Owens will defend his Universal heavyweight title against Seth Rollins in the main event. Roman Reigns will put his U.S. heavyweight championship on the line against Rusev; Charlotte defends her WWE women’s crown against Sasha Banks; and New Day defend their WWE Raw tag-team title in a four-way match with Enzo Amore and Big Cass, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and Sheamus and Cesaro.

Among others scheduled to appear are Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn and Bayley.


For photos and the rest of the article, go to




Reach Mike Mooneyham at bymikemooneyham@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter at @ByMike Mooneyham and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MikeMooneyham.






Leave a Reply