If Bo Dallas has learned anything from his father, it’s to always pay your taxes.
Bo, a young up-n-comer with FCW WWE NXT, is the son of legendary WWF wrestler IRS.
Bo said: “To this day, when I think of the government’s IRS, I still picture my dad as IRS, and I’m paying my taxes.”
Bo is also paying his dues on the wresting circuit, and he is looking forward to a Fenn Center return as FCW WWE NXT travels to Fort Pierce, Fla. on Friday, Sept. 14 for an action-packed, eight-match show, featuring WWE superstar Cody Rhodes battling FCW WWE NXT champ Seth Rollins. Fans who arrive at 6:30 p.m. can meet Cody Rhodes, a second generation superstar, and his father, WWE Hall of Famer and Florida icon The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, for autographs and photos.
Cody is on the main WWE roster, while Bo is one of several second and third generation superstars and divas, learning through WWE’s developmental group FCW.
Based in Tampa, FCW isn’t too far from Hernando High School in Brooksville, where Bo starred in amateur wrestling and football. After high school, Bo decided to hang up the helmet and don the tights.
“I miss [football] from time to time,” Bo, 22, said, “but there’s nothing like this, and once you take to it and really love it like I do, there’s nothing else you’d want to do.”
After inking the developmental deal, he began training at FCW, learning from Steve Keirn, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Bill DeMott, Terry Taylor, Norman Smiley, Joey Mercury.
“It’s a pleasure being around them all,” Bo said. “The knowledge I get from them everyday is definitely a privilege. Traveling around Florida and learning the craft from them, it’s a great time.
“The American Dream Dusty Rhodes. Ricky The Dragon Steamboat. Steve Keirn. They’re huge. I grew up watching them, and I was around some of them because of my family. They’re legends, and just to have the chance to talk to them and learn from them, it’s unbelievable. It’s hard to explain it.”
Bo can explain his career choice. It’s in his blood.
“I was a fan growing up. My family was in it, and I loved it,” Bo said. “I knew I was going to get into it, but I didn’t know I would as young as I did.
“This isn’t a normal thing to do. You have to love it and have to have the passion for it, and I do. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
His dad supported his decision as did his mom. It may not be air conditioners or a pizza parlor, but it’s still the family business.
“When I came to him and said to him I really wanted to do it, he could see it in my eyes,” Bo said. “It was something I was going to do whether I had his blessing or not, but luckily I had it.”
Bo’s dad was hesitant at first because he knows how physically demanding, mentally challenging and political the business can be, but he’s always backed his son, and he wasn’t going to stop now.
So far, so good. On his own merits, Bo is a three-time FCW champ. He also teamed with his older brother (Husky Harris) to capture FCW tag team gold twice. Bo and his brother share family but not resemblance which helps set each apart in a profession where being unique is better.