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Jonah Rock on how he got the name Bronson Reed, says he was upset and angry about his WWE NXT release



Jonah Rock/Bronson Reed was interviewed on Chris Van Vliet's podcast to talk about his time in WWE and what is next for him in pro wrestling. Here are some highlights:

Reed talking about being let go by WWE:

“Well, it was very shocking at first. I would be lying if I would say I wasn’t upset and angry, and all the emotions that come with something like this. It’s like the seven stages of grief. Even though I didn't physically lose anyone, it was kind of like Bronson Reed had died. I’d spent the last few years investing in myself and becoming that character of Bronson Reed. But now that’s over and I have to look for something new. I’m bringing back a little bit of what I did before WWE and becoming Jonah again, but it was hard. I’ve been able to deal with it pretty well though. I’ve had hardships in life and in the professional wrestling business before, and that has sort of prepared me for this day if it was to come. I just didn’t think it would be any time soon.”

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Reed was asked if he is in talks with other wrestling promotions:

“Yes. I’m in talks with the major promotions that you would expect me to be in talks with. Nothing is set in stone yet, but there will be soon.”

Reed on how he got the name Bronson Reed in NXT:

“I pitched Jonah maybe 100 times. My name was Jonah Rock, and they didn’t want the Rock part, obviously. I pitched all different last names for Jonah, and they just wanted to get rid of Jonah. So, I came up with a bunch of different first names and a bunch of different last names. They picked Bronson and Reed and they put it together. I feel that that’s how a lot of people recently got their names.”

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