If it’s any consolation to the “stop giving this guy attention” crowd which will make up approximately 35% of the comments beneath this post, at least know that whatever attention we in the wrestling community are giving the antics of Eric Arndt - fka Enzo Amore, aka Real1, aka nZo (more on that in a sec) - it’s not helping.
As you no doubt know, Arndt pulled an “invasion” stunt Sunday night (Nov. 18) at WWE’s Survivor Series show in Los Angeles. Entering in a bad disguise to sit on the hard camera side of the ring and leading the crowd in his signature spiel wasn’t just a way to mess with his former employer. It was a way to promote the rap concert he was giving across town after Raw on Mon., Nov. 19 at Whiskey A Go Go. His street team reportedly left fliers for the show on windshields in the Staples Center parking lot as he was being shown the door by security.
What did it get him? Banned from the building last night, for one:
Apparently these are posted at the arena entrances tonight for security. pic.twitter.com/KyjuZy8xAY— Victor (@GuyInGreenWWE) November 19, 2018
And an estimated 35 - 50 people at the venue for his gig last night. You can judge for yourself in the stream his team posted on Facebook:
Posted by Real1Shop on Monday, November 19, 2018
If you don’t have time to watch that, or do have the good sense not to, I watched it for you. And I’m here to tell you it’s not great. In fact, it’s kind of sad.
As you can see by the shirt, he’s now pushing nZo as his hip-hop handle. The change was undoubtedly made to sound more like his WWE moniker. It’s even stylized like the nWo logo, because as much as he claims to have left it behind, it’s clear at this point any shot at fame for Arndt is tied to his former career. In between his songs, Zo tells stories about his time working for Vince McMahon’s company that paint him as a hero for standing up to creative and locker room bullies. You know, as opposed to the existing tales that are out there about him being a pain in the butt.
There’s even a weird bit at the end where some plants run on stage and nZo hits them with wrestling moves like a Stone Cold Stunner.
So that’s that’s the other consolations for folks who don’t want us giving him attention. If his recent desperate attempts at promotion and this gig are any indication, soon there won’t be any reason for us to pay him any mind.