Prior to finding his feet in All Elite Wrestling, QT Marshall, like so many wrestlers on the independent scene, worked as an enhancement talent for WWE.
Whilst in conversation with Chris Jericho, on Le Champion’s Talk is Jericho podcast, QT recounted his reluctance to work with the Authors of Pain whilst working in NXT.
Having recently underwent neck surgery, QT noted he felt that the risks were simply too great (transcription provided by Fightful):
I had surgery on my neck, had two discs fused up. I went back to do more extra work. I spoke to Regal and he said ‘You’re kind of a liability.’ I got booked as an extra for NXT and they wanted me to work with the Authors of Pain, and I said no. I didn’t have anything to lose except my life and career. They’re super big, and it was two-on-one, me and another extra versus one guy. He had already hurt somebody — Anthony Bowens — he powerbombed one onto Bowens’ head. I said to him, ‘What moves do you think you’re going to do to us.’ He said, ‘What does it matter?’ I was just curious. He said, ‘I’ll probably do this, powerbomb the other guy onto you, DVD you guys.’ I looked at, looked at Scott 2 Hotty [agent for the match] and was like, ‘Nope, not doing it. I had this neck surgery.’ It turned into ‘don’t take the booking then.’ I was like, ‘you don’t even have to pay me. I’ll drive back to Atlanta and be okay with it. Don’t ever book me again, we tried, I’ll get in the ring with anyone else. Put me with guys who aren’t going to hurt me.’ The kid who took my place got hurt. Matt Bloom told me they picked me because I could sell. I said, ‘I’m gonna take these moves, get up, be okay, and make $200 or I’m never going to walk away and make $200.’ It wasn’t worth it.
Marshall would eventually work with NXT, appearing in a losing effort against Heavy Machinery in 2017.
Since then, QT has been a surprise package in AEW, having originally been signed as a producer, he is now a Dynamite regular as one half of the Natural Nightmares alongside Dustin Rhodes.