Mojo Rawley is the latest guest on Lilian Garcia’s “Chasing Glory” podcast and it’s an interesting interview, to say the least.
Rawley talked about growing up in Virginia with so many siblings and how he had to fight to get everything. He talked about being an intern for Morgan Stanley at 11 years old and how that helped him in his career. He also talked about his struggles at the University of Maryland and getting a contract from two NFL teams. Of course, he talked a lot about professional wrestling.
Rawley admitted that things have not gone as well as they should have for him in WWE.
He said, “It’s been stop and go for too long. I am new in this business but I’ve been long enough to know that things have to happen and they need to happen now.”
On teaming with Zack Ryder:
“It was very interesting because I was coming off an injury and NXT and I was more motivated than ever.”
“I came back with a plan and then when I came back, the Hype Bros was presented to us. He didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to do it but we weren’t gonna say no… we’re not gonna turn down an opportunity. We both looked at it. You don’t know when these [opportunities] are gonna come across. Here’s two guys that are literally polar opposites. He had the path that I didn’t have.”
Rawley said they had to look at the pairing as a positive so they can help each other and make it work.
“We didn’t have a lot of big opportunities as the Hype Bros but I know I learned a lot from him.”
On the end of the Hype Bros:
“I think we reached the point that there was no more that could be done with that tag team. Even though we didn’t accomplish much, I don’t think there was much more to learn from one another.”
Rawley said Ryder had to make a big sacrifice for a while when he was working the main roster schedule and then working on NXT shows. He also said that Ryder filled him in on the business. Rawley filled in Ryder on what to do outside the business as far as what to do with investing his money.
“We didn’t really like how the Hype Bros turned out to be,” Rawley added.
“Stay Hype all of a sudden kind of became ‘oh, I’m always energetic, I’m always laughing, I’m always making jokes.’ It ruined my identity I felt like. I don’t know how we got to that point. When I noticed that it was going down that path, I felt like it was too late. It was something to this day that I hate. I hate that. [Zack] started to feel that way too with where this tag team was going. The day that team died, careerwise, was one of the best things that could have happened to us.”
Rawley says he has been grateful for everything that has happened so far in his life but there is more to do.
“In wrestling, I haven’t accomplished nearly what I want to. I think I’m one of the most underrated and underutilized guys in the company. Years from now I’m gonna be grateful for this. I missed out on a lot of pay per view paychecks and a lot of opportunities and I haven’t won a title yet but I don’t want to be that guy. I want to have the same career path in WWE than I did in football. I want to have to suffer through this and I want to appreciate this so when I do have those bigger moments, I know that I earned this and I took this.”
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