NXT Superstar Roderick Strong recently spoke with The Miami Herald to promote this weekend's NXT live events in Orlando, Miami and Ft. Pierce, Florida. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On the initial call he received to join WWE last October: "I had been wrestling all over the world for 15 years, and I had been a mainstay in Ring of Honor for almost 13 years. I had a tryout with WWE before in 2014. I've communicated with [William] Regal. Just the timing of everything. I got a phone call from them. They were interested, and obviously I was interested, and here I am today [chuckles].
"[Sigh] It left me speechless for a second but also very excited. I had already planned to end my chapter in Ring of Honor. I was going to go back to doing the indies more often and possibly working more of a full-time schedule in Japan. If I didn't get the chance to go to WWE, that would have been a bummer to me, but I was just going to continue to do the best I could and continue my legacy.
"To actually get the call [from WWE]..I was leaving the gym, and I was just talking about it that day. I'm going to go do my thing, but if the opportunity comes, I'm going to jump on it, and if it doesn't, I'm very happy with the career I've had. It was perfect. It left me speechless that it was finally here, the opportunity was finally here, and now I got to do my best to take advantage of it."
On winning the NXT World Title and his list of goals: "That is the first one on my list. Then after that, making the main roster and becoming world champion. Cement my legacy in professional wrestling. Show a lot of people that hard work and perseverance and dedication really pays off."
Check out the complete Roderick Strong interview at MiamiHerald.com.