In February 2018, the prospect was signed by the sports entertainment company and place in their developmental system, NXT. Although extremely talented, WWE likes for wrestlers to go through NXT in order to get used to their system and how they do things.
Ricochet didn’t stay in NXT for long as the following February, he made his main roster arrival. Ricochet made his Raw debut when he teamed up with Finn Balor to take on Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a tag team match. He would also beat Eric Young in a singles match on SmackDown Live the following night.
During a recent appearance on State of Combat podcast, Ricochet spoke about the difficulties in transitioning from the indies to WWE.
“That was actually one of the things that I was looking forward to the most when I was getting signed was to come to the Performance Center to work on some of the parts that I wasn’t really the best at,” stated Ricochet. “I was learning from guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Terry Taylor, Norman Smiley as far as character and promos, they would say things that are so obvious but I just wouldn’t think about it.
I was like, oh dude, you are totally right, and I felt like it really helped me out. Not even with promos and characters, even in the ring stuff that I thought I had ironed out they would tell me things that would make it even better and I would think how they made my process so much better and how I wasn’t sure why I never thought about it. I have no complaints for my time at the Performance Center. It was great.”
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H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription