Ring of Honor Superstar, EC3, has spoken out about landing himself in hot water during his initial run in the World Wrestling Entertainment.
As Derek Bateman, EC3 joined the then reality show in order to develop his skills as a professional wrestler but became part of a minor storyline with mentor, Daniel Bryan, when the pair double-dated The Bella Twins.
Despite being part of both seasons four and five of the show, the talent got heat backstage for a segment in which he and the leader of ‘The Yes Movement’ played a game of ‘how well do you know your pro?’
Sitting down with Fightful, EC3 told the story of the game and how he was chastised by the locker room for cheating on television. Coincidentally, the same story Daniel Bryan has previously told in his autobiography:
“Yeah, ‘cause they treat the entire show like a joke, so, why not make a joke of being the joke? I figure it’s better people laugh with you than at you. I don’t like being laughed at, I like being laughed with because I’m entertaining. So, yeah, we figured out a way around their silly game and it made the segment entertaining, made the show better. But, the fact that the control / power mechanism needs to re-establish why they’re in control. ‘Hey, you can be made fun of, but you can’t make fun of us.’ ‘Hey, I’m just trying to stand out, which is what you tell me to do.’ I want to be different, and I would like to entertain the people that paid money to be there as opposed to sitting there being like, ‘Why am I watching this forty-five minute atrocity unfold in front of me? I’m here to see Edge and Randy Orton and John Cena. I’m not here to see this curly haired idiot be put on the spot with dumb things.’
Though EC3 as Bateman would compete on NXT television, the star was released from his original contract and went on to find better fame in IMPACT Wrestling. In 2018, EC3 returned to NXT and had a fleeting run before called-up to the main roster.
After being used sporadically and in no important angles, the star was again released from his deal in April 2020 among the COVID necessitated company cutbacks.
Credit for the interview and transcription: Fightful