Wardlow was asked what was going through his head before his match with Scorpio Sky where Wardlow won the TNT Championship:
“Honestly, I normally am extremely nervous and on edge, and I guess have tunnel vision like focus. Before the match, I was actually much more calm than usual. I don’t know why."
Wardlow revealed that FTR has helped him a lot. He said, "Cash [Wheeler] gave me a pretty nice pep talk right before, so that might have helped calm my nerves. Cash and Dax are always helping me out. Those guys are phenomenal. So I think Cash got in my head a little bit. He reminded me to breathe, have fun, enjoy the moment, and really absorb it. He said, ‘Tonight’s going to be one of those nights that you want to remember forever, so make sure you go and absorb it so you can remember it.’ I really tried to do that, and I felt like I did do that. Oddly enough, it was the most comfortable I felt in the ring. The only time I can recall this happening was with CM Punk. It was kind of the same experience. That match and this match were the only two times I really looked around the crowd, looked at people, interacted with people, and absorbed the moment and really had fun in the match.”
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