Steve Maclin Shares His Thoughts On NXT 2.0, Whether He Knew He Was Gonna Be In X-Division

Steve Maclin recently appeared as a guest on the Fightful Pro Wrestling & MMA podcast for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During the discussion, Maclin spoke about his thoughts on NXT 2.0, whether or not he knew he was going to be in the X-Division when he came to IMPACT Wrestling and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.

On WWE NXT 2.0: "I’m very happy about what’s going on there. I’ve had this conversation with a lot of people, even those who were there in NXT during 2014 when I got there,” Maclin said. He continued: “That’s what the vision was supposed to be of all these athletes that it’s a product that gets pushed to the main roster. It gets you ready. It changed where there was this influx of indie talent. It got so hot, and it was a bubble that needed to burst, and it worked. Then obviously after a while, it didn’t work. It’s just something that’s different. If it’s something you want to tune in to, go ahead.”

On whether he knew he was going to be put in the X-Division when he came to Impact Wrestling: “No. So originally when I was getting signed was before Slammiversary and I was told, ‘Hey, we want to bring you in as a tag team.’ I’m like, ‘Ok, well I have a partner who just let go as well.’ That’s kind of how it worked out with Wesley Blake,” Maclin shared. “About a week later, they said we’re going to bring you in before Slammiversary and get the vignettes going. Blake and I sat down and we had a conversation. We were obviously at a crossroads in our careers, but I was like, I need to do singles. I’ve never done that on my own. I’ve tried and it never worked with NXT at the time just because of the influx. That’s why we became a tag team, but the influx of talent, that’s just the way it worked, but you find a way to get on TV. So now here I am riding a roller coaster, and since it started, I’m having so much fun, especially X-Division because it’s such a clash of styles.”

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