WWE NXT star Drake Maverick is the gust on this week’s “Uncool with Alexa Bliss” podcast.
Maverick talks about his upbringing in Birmingham, UK, learning about the USA through the American Pie movies, Patrick Swayze and much more. Check out some of the transcribed highlights below:
Drake Maverick talked about growing up as a small kid: “I don’t know what happened but I was years behind in my growth hormonal development growing up. I actually had to go to the doctors and everything like that and we had growth chats when I was younger. They had to check in on me to make sure I was growing taller properly. I don’t know what they were looking for but I had to do that up until I was 16.”
Maverick is surprised how “nerds” are now popular: “I never thought I was cool. I don’t know what I would call cool. I think everybody is cool in their own special way. You don’t have to like what everybody else likes to be cool. In school, I did go through bullying and now when I look back on it, I probably deserved every bit of it because I just would not shut up. But it makes you tougher. Now, you’re talking to the guy when asked to pee himself on worldwide PPV in front of millions of people, I said, ‘yea, I’ll do it.’ A lot of people would be walking around today embarrassed that they did that. Did it entertain people? Did people think it was stupid? Maybe. Did people react to it? It’s the badge of honor of doing something like that. I do stuff that makes other people happy at the expense of myself because I can take it. I might be the little guy but I’m mentally tough and I’m physically tough because of what I’ve been through. These are the things that have shaped me and made me better. This is my shield. You aren’t ever going to get past that. I’m fine. Nothing you can do can harm me because I have no problem doing it myself. I remember toasting a bunch of friends at a Comic-Con and Woods (Xavier) was there as well. I told him, here is a comic convention and all of us thought we were uncool when we were younger and I said, the nerds won.”
You can listen to the entire interview via your favorite podcasting app, including Google Play and Apple Podcasts.