Bobby Fish recently spoke with WWE.com about joining the company. During the interview, he was asked about if he thought he would make it to the WWE. He said that at times he did and didn’t. He recalled having a conversation with Kevin Owens at a hotel gym in Chicago a few years back when they were still working for Ring of Honor. He said that at the time, he thought that Owens was headed toward the next step in his journey.
“I have immense respect for Kevin and all that he's been through to find his success. He is not the prototype for what was rumored to be ideal here and neither am I. Understanding his drive to succeed here through that conversation made me think that if I want that — which I believe, in some way, anyone who laces up the boots to do this, does on some level — then I will create a similar opportunity for myself. So yeah, I did think I'd be here one day."
Fish made his debut in NXT at the June 23rd television tapings and lost to Aleister Black. When asked about his debut, he said that it was somewhat surreal because much of this has come together very quickly.
“I watched the success of former co-workers and peers, such as Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Hideo Itami, make that very same walk at Full Sail. At this point, I feel so prepared for this new challenge. In my opinion, this life is about the journey, and when mine ends, I expect that this vessel, my body, will be banged up, battered and beaten, which will be a clear indication of a life well lived. NXT represents the next step in my journey."
Fish also talked about wrestling in Japan and more. You can read the entire interview here.