NXT star and former NFL participant AJ Francis not too long ago spoke with Sports activities Illustrated to debate his journey to the WWE, and the way he has had a lifelong dream to grow to be WWE champion. Highlights from the interview could be discovered beneath.
Talks his journey by the NFL, however how he all the time dreamed of being WWE champion:
“You don’t see loads of guys that went undrafted make the NFL after which finish their profession with a five-year NFL pension. I beloved enjoying soccer, however even once I was within the NFL, my dream was to grow to be WWE champion.“
How he paid his dues in soccer earlier than going to wrestling:
“I paid my dues, simply in a distinct method. I do know individuals don’t prefer it once you don’t do the indies, however that’s once I was within the NFL. My story is completely different. I performed within the NFL, I received a grasp’s diploma, I’ve two albums, and I’ve been on tour for my music, however I by no means stopped loving wrestling. I went to each indie present I might, and I went to WrestleMania 5 completely different occasions earlier than I ever signed. My dream is to be WWE champion. Till I’m WWE champion, my function on earth will not be full. That’s why it’s so cool to host this present. It’s the best factor to ever occur to me. I hope each wrestling fan watching sees a bit of little bit of themself in me.“
On WWE’s Most Wished Treasures:
“This present isn’t scripted, it’s entertaining. Kicking it with Undertaker and Kane, I’m like a child in a sweet store. I’m a mega-fan, I can relate to the followers, and that’s why I’m right here. I’m not enjoying a personality. That’s me. Folks nonetheless ask me, ‘You want wrestling? What’s improper with you?’ So I get it. We go into the homes of those collectors. Generally, their pals don’t get them, their household doesn’t perceive, however I do. I stare at a framed image of Kevin Owens and a signed Roman Reigns shirt on my wall. I perceive the eagerness. So once I stroll into somebody’s home, and I see these unbelievable collections, I respect the artwork type much more.”