WWE/EC3: EC3 ready to make WWE Smackdown debut in New Orleans (NOLA.com)

Posted on 2/16/119 by Mike Informer

EC3 ready to make WWE Smackdown debut in New

By Gene Guillot, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

When EC3 was released from World Wrestling Entertainment in
2013, he was disappointed, as most would be from getting let
go from the wrestling giant.

But he also set a goal then that carried him to new heights
as a performer before coming back to the WWE in 2018. And
that goal was not just to one day return to the company, but
to do so well as to make them want me.

EC3, who was with the WWE as a developmental talent from
2009-13, became a multiple time champion over the next
several years. In the eyes of the wrestling world, the now
35 year old had grown into a star. His goal was complete
when the WWE pushed for him to return.

His first match back was at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in a
six-man ladder match during the weekend of WrestleMania 34
last year. EC3 said it was nice to debut in a bout that
stole the show, but he lost, so it was a catch-22 for me.

After less than a year in NXT, EC3 is now part of the main
roster, though its unclear whether he will end up on the
Raw or Smackdown brand.

Yes, it was a goal, and that goal was accomplished, EC3
said about getting back to the WWE. Now, whats next?

On Tuesday (February 19) at the Smoothie King Center, EC3
returns to New Orleans and is expected to be part of
Smackdown Live. It is episode 1,018 for the show and the
eighth time for the city hosting. Tickets are available at
Ticketmaster and range from $20 to $100.EC3 has yet to wrestle on Smackdown, but he has fought on
Raw, splitting a pair of matches with former WWE champion
Dean Ambrose, though EC3 called Ambroses win this past
Monday a fluke rollup. In his appearances on Smackdown
thus far, EC3 has been seen flexing in the backstage area,
which he jokingly referred to as a painstaking exercise.

His opponent in his Smackdown debut, which could be this
Tuesday in New Orleans, is anyones guess, but he does have
his sights set high, as he mentioned the six combatants
(Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, AJ
Styles and champion Daniel Bryan) set to fight for the WWE
Championship this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber event in

I am in the top one percent of this industry, he said.
Who is the best is subjective, but I believe that I am the

EC3 said he learned a lot from his first stint in WWE when
he was just a curly-haired fool. Two things hes carried
with him on his journey are a no-quit attitude and getting
even with his foes, which should now help him live up to his
belief that he is the best.

I hate to steal a catchphrase from John (Cena), but never
give up is a real thing. I never quit on something. (And) if
Im spited in the past, I remember it. I hold onto it. Its
an angst. It drives me forward.If you ever stepped on my toe, cut me off in traffic, stole
money from me or stole my cats, I hold a vendetta against
you. And I do not quit until it is reciprocated.

Though his focus is on climbing to the top of WWE, EC3 also
knows how to let loose. And he cant wait to get a taste of
Bourbon Street after the show Tuesday night.

Im not a saint. Im a sports entertainer, he said. Its
a great atmosphere. Its great fun, even if you have to
catch a flight at 6 in the morning. New Orleans is always a
city where youre going to find yourself in a unique set of
circumstances. And Ill keep it safe, because I want to keep
my job.

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