Ever since Damian Priest burst onto the main roster at the 2021 Royal Rumble he has been on something of a roll.
Since that first appearance, Priest has gone undefeated on RAW, picking up dominant wins over the likes of Elias and The Miz.
However, before he made his presence known on the red brand, Priest also tasted success in NXT winning the North American Championship. During this time in NXT, he also got to get into the ring with The Undertaker during one of his visits to the WWE Performance Center.
Appearing on Metal Injection’s Squared Circle Pit podcast, Priest described how he felt getting into the ring with the legendary Deadman, and how he was almost hit in the face with one of those famous ‘soup bones.’
“And then what wasn’t on it [the footage of Undertaker being at the Performance Center], we actually got to get in the ring a little bit with Undertaker, and man he put on the gloves and everything. I was like, ‘Oh no, he’s gonna beat us up,’ and then I actually got to lock [up], throw some blows with him and I remember he was showing somebody something and he threw a punch and he was just explaining something so he wasn’t actually trying to hit me, but he threw it full speed and it touched my face and he pulled back, I mean just before he broke my nose and I was like — and I looked around and I was like, ‘Man! That was awesome, do it again.’ So cool. Again, the fan in me couldn’t help it.”
Damian Priest then went on to reveal that he actually had try-outs with WWE as far back as 2014, and what advice he was given at the time.
“I had a tryout with WWE in 2014 I believe, and at the time, they liked me. They all said, ‘You’re a yes for the company,’ that, ‘You’re the type of guy we’d wanna hire but there’s just nothing for you right now’ and then I said, ‘Oh okay’ and then I spoke to one of the scouts and coaches and he was like, ‘Go make a bigger name for yourself.’ He goes, ‘And make yourself undeniable to the company.’
I said okay and that’s what I did. I started making a bigger name for myself and then I kinda contacted the company a year after that, and again, it was just like, ‘Nothing for you now’ and then I kind of wrote it off as far as, ‘I’ll probably never work there but it’s okay. I’m okay with that and I’m not gonna stop working as hard as I am. I’ll continue working hard and keep improving and just having fun, enjoying what I love doing’ and then a year later they called me which is crazy. They’re like, ‘Hey, would you be interested?’ And I’m like, ‘Of course I’m interested.’ You know, my contract had came up. I was working for Ring of Honor at the time, my contract was up and they called me at literally a perfect time and they were like, ‘Hey, are you under contract?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, until the end of the month.’ They’re like, ‘This month?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, would you mind if we give you a call then?’ And I was like, ‘No, okay’ and that’s what they did. They called me like the same day. They called me and we made it work, crazy.”
One of the more destructive moves that Priest has in his arsenal is the Razor’s Edge. A move made popular by WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall. The former Razor Ramon is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers to never win a world title, so performing one of this moves, with him watching on is always going to set the nerves jangling, and Priest reveals he was no different.
Speaking to The Sun Damian Priest recalled that Hall jokingly roasted him over using the move much to the delight of a watching Keith Lee.
“‘That’s as high as you can get him? That’s it?’” Priest said of Hall’s reaction. “Keith Lee was there and he lost it laughing.”
Since making his debut at the 2021 Royal Rumble Damian Priest has formed an alliance with Grammy winning rap artist Bad Bunny. The pair have feuded with The Miz and John Morrison for the past few months leading to the announcement that Bad Bunny will face The Miz at WrestleMania.
H/t to POST WRESTLING for the transcription.