“His manager sent me a very impressive demo reel. Back then, it was on a VHS tape, and I was totally in awe of what I was seeing. It was all street fighting and him cutting promos. I had no clue who he was, and I was captivated once I saw him.”
“I was told, “We’re not going in that direction,” and “How long would it take to develop a talent like that?” I don’t know if he would have went to developmental system at the time or if he [Kimbo] was thinking, “Hey, I’m gonna get signed and go to the main roster,” but it was kind of shot down quickly.”
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