Former Seattle Seahawks Running Back Demitrius Bronson has signed a developmental contract with WWE and will start training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida soon. WWE officially announced the news on Tuesday. Back on August 10th, Bronson stated to MyNorthwest.com that he doesn’t know how to wrestle.
Bronson was interviewed by MyNorthwest.com again on Tuesday about signing with WWE. During the interview, he said that he doesn’t think it will take him that long to climb the ladder in WWE.
“My goal is to be on there within a year, if not less. I’m really trying to push the envelope.”
Bronson, who is married with two young children, never wrestled in high school but was a good football player in high school and college. He spent his time in college at the University of Washington and Eastern Washington before he worked his way into the NFL on the Seahawks practice squad. A nagging injury forced the Seahawks to cut him the before the start of the 2015 preseason. After he was cut, Bronson spent the next year working odd jobs around Seattle, including as a bouncer, baker, and assistant football coach. Bronson was training in Florida in June when he received a call from a WWE scout.
“This came out of nowhere. It looked like one door was closing and another was opening up. But maybe doors wouldn’t open up if hard work wasn’t in the mix. So it’s a whole lot of things I didn’t think I would be expecting to do but, shoot, I kinda wouldn’t change it. There’s a lot of people wishing and dreaming with woulda, coulda, shoulda It’s cool. It’s a different opportunity but it’s still an opportunity,” Bronson added. “An opportunity that most probably won’t have. Just like football.”
Bronson says he grew up watching The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Triple H in the Attitude Era but did not notice that Triple H was at his tryout.
“I’m glad I didn’t notice he was there or I probably would have been nervous, but he is bald now. I didn’t know.”
When asked what kind of character he will play in NXT, Bronson noted that he thinks being a bad guy would be fun.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna be a good guy, gonna be a bad guy or if I’m just gonna be a trash talker. I do know somewhere I want to make an influence. That’s why I’m probably more leaning toward being a positive guy. I look at the big guys who have made it in the industry and they have some sort of influence on the crowd or society. … A lot are bad at first and then they turn good. So, who knows, I might be bad at first and then they switch me to a good guy. Honestly, I have no idea. I wouldn’t mind being a bad guy. Being the villain would be kinda fun.”
You can read the entire interview here.