AEW star Brian Pillman Jr. was recently interviewed on Renee Dupree’s “Cafe de Rene” podcast. During the interview, Pillman expressed disappointment at Julia Hart being removed from The Varsity Blondes. Hart was removed from the group so they could turn her heels and join The House of Black.
“I mean, it’s pretty obvious what happened, you know what I mean,” Pillman said. “Once we lost her, we lost our edge and our spark that made us a good group, a babyface group that could have come by, you know. A lot of what we went to do with some different spots with her had a lot to do with with her background as a cheerleader and played with her strengths but someone came in and decided they would do better with their group and then that’s just how it goes you know i was definitely not happy about it to be honest but it is what it is. It’s not my show. It’s business, but I thought maybe what really kept us from seeing the true potential of The Varsity Blondes was that we lost her before we even but started.’
Pillman talked about some of the momentum they had when they first started working together. He said, “Jacksonville and even in Texas when we first went out we were a really hot act because we had her come out and do handsprings and stuff and she did different cheerleading gimmicks with like the signs and then we did the spray tan thing with the Young Bucks So she was pretty integral to our act So you take that away and then you just have some guys you know I remember the first thing I got approved my first big pitch wanted her to join us i got that approved it’s a great feeling when you pitch a creative idea and it’s green light you know what i mean like the bosses are in and they’re happy So to have a little bit of that kind of breaking up was kind of rough for me at that point in my career. But I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m really happy with the moment she had at the pay-per-view. Very happy with just in AEW in general.”
Pillman continued, “I don’t think The Varsity Blondes was the most creative extension of myself. I don’t think so. It’s not like I didn’t put a lot of effort into it. But it was definitely something easy that I felt the crowd could easily do.” and something like Griff could work because it’s not like me and Griff we’re just going to turn into these evil dark and mysterious kung fu masters It just made sense for us to have a cool generic like rowdy, just like a jock gimmick. Like there were just a few young guys after it. And it made it easy for us to work with a lot of people and I thought we worked well with a lot of people.”
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Pillman also talked about some of the matches they had that were not seen by most fans because they took place on the YouTube shows. He said: “We had some really good underrated matches on Elevation and Dark. We had a really good match with Butcher and Blade. So some different things we did that maybe weren’t always appreciated just because we weren’t exactly the focus “You know what the future holds for us, you know?”
This isn’t the first time Pillman has expressed his displeasure with his character direction. Last month, he and Griff Garrison said they weren’t happy about getting squashed on an episode of AEW Dynamite. You can read what they said by clicking here. Click below for the full interview with Pillman, Jr.
If you use some of the quotes from this article, please mention Cafe de Rene with ah/t to UKTN.co for the transcript.