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Top Dolla said he originally wanted Lio Rush to be in Hit Row



Hit Row's Top Dolla was interviewed on Corey Graves' "After The Bell" podcast to talk about Hit Row being moved up to SmackDown, sneaker culture and he discusses who is the real leader of the group, among other topics.

Here are some highlights:

Top Dolla was asked what it means to him to be moved up to SmackDown:

“It’s amazing because this is an idea I had for years, the record label faction. I did it on the indies. It’s something I wanted to do my whole life. I’ve watched WWE literally since before I could walk, before I could talk, with my dad. Even when I was in the NFL, my dream was to always be in WWE. People thought I was crazy that I was in the NFL and I would tell them that I haven’t accomplished my dream yet.

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To get the opportunity with the Most Wanted Treasures TV show which led to my debut in May, and then less than five months later be on SmackDown, clearly not only was the idea good about the record label crew, but also the guys that I’m with are also, like it’s not me carrying it like when I was on the indies, I got stars with me on this crew who all bring something to the table which gives everybody something to relate to depending on what sports entertainment you like.”

Top Dolla talking about the formation of Hit Row:

“I came to WWE with this idea. When I first got here, I actually wanted to do the faction with Swerve and Lio Rush because I knew they both rapped. But Lio got released, and Swerve was doing that scientist idea he was doing. So I said, let me just focus on myself. Then Ryan Katz, who works at the Performance Center, sent me a text message and said, ‘What do you think about working with Tehuti (Ashanti Adonis). I was like, oh, I can still do the record label thing, make the music, me and Tehuti can be a tag, the three of us can all work, and it will be a great thing.

We did that for like a year in the PC and we were known as ‘The Hitmakers.’ Everybody in the PC loved it. It’s the same thing we’re doing now. The only difference was I did the WWE’s Most Wanted Treasure show. Three days after that show debuted, and it did great numbers and all that, Hunter pulled me and Swerve aside, and said, ‘What do you think about Swerve joining your guys’ crew?’ Swerve was a rapper. Swerve didn't know this, but I wanted him in from the beginning. When he asked us, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, absolutely, for sure. That would be awesome.’ Not only is he a rapper, but he brings something different to the table, and he already traveled the world of wrestling. That immediately answers the question of, ‘Well, can these guys wrestle?, as if that even matters.”

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