My senior season I was lucky enough to have the national tournament held in Oklahoma City at the Ford Center. I had a lot of my hometown friends and family to support me along with the Sooner fans. It was kind of reminiscent of being at the high school state tournament, because the whole town of Perry is there for you. It was a very cool moment for me. I didn’t finish as well as I wanted to, but I was still an All-American and I went out with a pin. I remember looking up into the stands and I just felt like they were proud of me and that was nice.
I got very lucky with how I got signed by the WWE. I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we’ll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I’m one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps.
I loved all forms of wrestling growing up. Any type of wrestling I could get my hands on I loved, so professional wrestling went well with me. Jim Ross has a great eye for talent and Jerry Brisco as well. It’s pretty impressive the group of talented guys they’ve brought into this over the years from amateur wrestling. Hopefully when I’m done my name is considered up there with the greats they’ve brought into the WWE.