WWE Superstar Murphy was interviewed this week on Corey Graves’ “After The Bell” podcast. Murphy has opened up about his struggles during his WWE tryout, his current run, why he thinks he’s the next Seth Rollins, and more.
Here are some of the highlights transcribed:
Murphy goes to FCW for his essay: “I have been there and 80 people have tried. Sami Callihan was one of them and I swear by now that the try was for him but he got injured. You know when you’re around, they’ve got their eyes on someone. Sami was hot. He was the independent guy back then. I thought it was just to have it. He got injured on the first or second day, but there were these soccer players and I’m not a big guy. These football players would put you aside. They were 1.80 m tall. It was difficult to stand out in the peloton, but they all fell. On the first day, there were maybe 65 left. By the third day, there were 50 because they couldn’t handle the workload. They thought it was going to be fun. I had so much determination and there was nothing that was going to break me. Sometimes I wish I still had that determination and focus. To date, Norman Smiley and Robbie Brookside said it was the most difficult trial they had ever done. You had Bill DeMott, Joey Mercury, Norman, Terry. It was four days of hell and in the end, you had to go on promotion for Dusty. I was hit by these people and had to go and jump them out of the water.
Murphy originally said he didn’t want to be part of a tag team: “I remember getting a call from Blake telling me I had to come to promotional class because Dusty wanted us to promote. I thought, I don’t wanna be a tag team, I’m a singles star. I might have wrestled two games at this point and broke my jaw and had it shut. I had two games. I wasn’t a singles star but didn’t want to be held up. We ended up doing this (promo) thing with me and Blake and he (Dusty) loved it. He thought we were alike. I didn’t see it but he thought we looked alike. We started doing promotions together and we started having reps work on live events. He was a cowboy at the time. We ended up talking to Bill and he said, “Don’t invest in this. It is not a thing. We’re just getting you representatives. As soon as we got out I told Blake we should get some matching gear. We did it. Mine says Murphy, hers says Blake. They look alike. We ended up doing a dark match with The Revival. When we put on our matching gear, they (the office) loved it. It was as if they had never seen matching gear on a tag team for 15 years. Obviously, we watched the play. We became a label team and started working with The Revival, Jordan and Gable and so many awesome teams.
Murphy on his work with Seth Rollins: “It’s cool to work with him in the ring and to be in the ring with someone of his caliber. I also learned to be by his side and to see him at ringside. I had good matches. I feel like a wrestler wrestler. I had my 205 matches that I went there and felt like I killed him every time I went. Then I went to SmackDown and got lost in the shuffle and accidentally in the background fought Roman and killed him. I fought Bryan the next week and killed him. I fought Ali the following week and killed him. Then I was not on TV and I wonder what’s going on. I feel like I played two of the best games of the year in a row and then I’m not seen again. Then Paul Heyman wanted me on Raw and a lot of respect for Paul. He took me aside and said some really nice words to me. He wanted me to come to Raw and asked if there was anything holding me back at SmackDown. I said I wanted to do my best. I was drafted from SmackDown on Raw last year. “
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