Ricochet recounted the time he found out he was being pulled from a segment in which he would have been entangled with DX, depriving him of a lifelong dream.
Ricochet revealed on the With Authority podcast that he was forced to miss the segment due to injury, despite not having to do anything physically.
The former WWE United States Champion first discussed his time in NXT with Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Ricochet lavished praise on both men, saying that he had always despised Triple H’s on-screen persona, but learning from him in NXT revealed The Game really is That Damn Good:
“It was great, actually him and Shawn Michaels both. When I was in the Performance Center, Shawn Michaels had a small little class that he would teach. It was me, Undisputed (Era), Johnny Gargano, just a couple of us were in this group, Tommaso Ciampa was in there. So learning from Shawn, and then every week we’re at TV seeing Hunter, getting to learn from him.”
“A lot of the stuff that we performed back there for everyone was partially their ideas. They’re handing it to us. My whole life, when I was older I understood, but when I was growing up, I hated Triple H. I hated him, hated him. But now I appreciate that feeling because that’s what he wanted me to feel at that moment. So I’m like, ‘man, he’s so good’, going back and watching everything.”
Ricochet went on to say that it was often the small things that made a big difference. He described the entire experience of learning from people he idolised on TV as “crazy:”
“All the little things, him and Shawn both, all the little things when they’re talking, you’re like, ‘oh yeah, that’s totally obvious. Why didn’t I think of that?’ You ask them a question, ‘hey, I was thinking about this. What do you think?’ And they’ll say something and you’re like, ‘oh yeah. That’s exactly what I was thinking about.'”
“It’s so crazy to go from watching them every Monday to just being there and being able to listen and grow. It’s hard to even not ask questions, we’re always asking questions. But for me, Eric Thomas is a hip hop creature. He always says, ‘when you’re in there with a guru, you better listen. There’s a reason he’s a guru and you’re not a guru. It’s time to listen.’ And that’s what I’m always doing, just listening. Both of those guys, they have so much knowledge to give, so much knowledge.”
Working with Triple H on NXT was one thing, but Ricochet also remembered how close he came to performing with the Hall of Famer on Raw. The Illinois native explained that he was scheduled to appear alongside Triple H in a segment in which he would have ‘played the hits’ with the iconic group. However, due to an injury, he was unable to participate in the segment. Despite his displeasure, Ricochet concluded by praising WWE’s medical staff:
“One time I had a bursa sac in my elbow had busted and it was pretty swollen. Well then, I guess that got infected so they had to cut it open to get the infection out. It was the day of the RAW and I was supposed to do something with D-Generation X, and I was supposed to do the cross chops and say ‘we’ve got two words for you.’ It was going to be a childhood dream.”
“And they were like, ‘no, you can’t go out.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not even wrestling. ‘ They’re like, ‘yeah, but we don’t want you to get infected more.’ I’m like, ‘no guys, please. Let me go out, please.’ They’re like ‘no, we can’t let you go out.’ It was for my own good because obviously, I could’ve gotten more infected or could’ve infected someone else. I was just like ‘no, no no!’ I was so defeated, but the WWE medical staff is A+. Everybody is there for you.”
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