Ricochet has recalled the moment where he found out he was being pulled from a segment which would have seen him involved with D-X, denying him of a childhood dream.
Speaking on the With Authority podcast, Ricochet revealed that he was forced to miss the segment through injury, despite not having to do anything physical.
The high-flying star initially described his experience of working with Triple H and Shawn Michaels in NXT. Ricochet heavily praised both men, adding that he had hated Triple H’s on-screen character his whole life, but learning from him in NXT showed how good he really is.
“It was great, actually him and Shawn Michaels both,” Ricochet said. “When I was in the Performance Center, Shawn Michaels had a small little class that he would teach. It was me, Undisputed (Era), Johnny Gargano, just a couple of us were in this group, Tommaso Ciampa was in there. So learning from Shawn, and then every week we’re at TV seeing Hunter, getting to learn from him. A lot of the stuff that we performed back there for everyone was partially their ideas. They’re handing it to us. My whole life, when I was older I understood, but when I was growing up, I hated Triple H. I hated him, hated him. But now I appreciate that feeling because that’s what he wanted me to feel at that moment. So I’m like, ‘man, he’s so good’, going back and watching everything.”
He continued by explaining that it was often the little things that made the big difference. Calling the whole experience of learning from people he watched on TV “crazy.”
“All the little things, him and Shawn both, all the little things when they’re talking, you’re like, ‘oh yeah, that’s totally obvious. Why didn’t I think of that?’ You ask them a question, ‘hey, I was thinking about this. What do you think?’ And they’ll say something and you’re like, ‘oh yeah. That’s exactly what I was thinking about.’ It’s so crazy to go from watching them every Monday to just being there and being able to listen and grow. It’s hard to even not ask questions, we’re always asking questions. But for me, Eric Thomas is a hip hop creature. He always says, ‘when you’re in there with a guru, you better listen. There’s a reason he’s a guru and you’re not a guru. It’s time to listen.’ And that’s what I’m always doing, just listening. Both of those guys, they have so much knowledge to give, so much knowledge.”
While working with Triple H on NXT was one thing, Ricochet also recalled how close he came to performing alongside the Hall of Famer on Raw. The Illinois native explained that he was due to appear alongside Triple H in a segment which would have seen him performing D-X’s catchphrases. However, he was forced to miss the segment due to injury. Despite his disappointment, Ricochet closed by praising WWE’s medical team.
“One time I had a bursa sac in my elbow had busted and it was pretty swollen,” Ricochet said. “Well then, I guess that got infected so they had to cut it open to get the infection out. It was the day of the RAW and I was supposed to do something with D-Generation X, and I was supposed to do the cross chops and say ‘we’ve got two words for you.’ It was going to be a childhood dream. And they were like, ‘no, you can’t go out.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not even wrestling. ‘ They’re like, ‘yeah, but we don’t want you to get infected more.’ I’m like, ‘no guys, please. Let me go out, please.’ They’re like ‘no, we can’t let you go out.’ It was for my own good because obviously, I could’ve gotten more infected or could’ve infected someone else. I was just like ‘no, no no!’ I was so defeated, but the WWE medical staff is A+. Everybody is there for you.”
Elsewhere on the podcast, the former NXT star recalled crying after a match with the legendary Rey Mysterio. Ricochet detailed how he became overcome with emotion trying to thank Mysterio after their bout.
On the most recent episode of Monday Night Raw, Ricochet was moved to SmackDown as part of the 2021 WWE Draft.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.