Mojo Rawley, who is currently a member of the SmackDown Live brand, revealed that he was frustrated with WWE dropping their feud with Zack Ryder after breaking up Hype Bros.
Mojo Rawley is a WWE Superstar who has been in the company for over 10 years. He recently revealed his frustration with WWE dropping Zack Ryder’s feud with Hype Bros after he broke up the stable.
There was a lengthy play narrative featuring the Hype Bros, who comprised of Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder, on WWE television at one point. They’d make the jump from NXT to Monday Night Raw and remain in the mix for a minute before being broken up by Rawley turning on Ryder, sparking a rivalry between the two. At least, such was the notion, but despite the two giving it their best via social media promotions, the fight never materialized. Rawley and Ryder were subsequently dismissed by WWE, putting a stop to any chances of the narrative being resolved. Rawley discussed the long path the pair traveled to get to the main roster and the frustration of never being able to convey the narrative they wanted in a new interview with Shoot Conversations with Chris Hero.
“For years, we were the Hype Bros, and I felt that if they had aired it on TV, the whole locker room would have loved it. They enjoyed listening to me and Broski pick on one other and hearing about our exploits “Rawley said. “‘Man, we ought to do this on TV,’ I thought. I turned on him, and they told me right away, ‘You’re going to turn on him, ya’ll have one bout, and then we’re going to kill this monster.’ ‘Man, we have such a fantastic tale here,’ I thought. It was even mentioned during the pre-show. They claimed the video package they produced for us, which I loved, was too lengthy for the time slot, so they didn’t put anything on the next week after I switched him on. Then I had my first match as a heel on the Clash of Champions kick-off program. ‘Let’s simply go after each other on social and make real-life promos,’ Broski and I agreed. We did, and I recall cutting them in my garage, where the internet went crazy. It was a little aggravating since we could have done it the whole time.”
Rawley also discussed how his approach varied from Ryder’s and how their goals for the squad differed.
“Broski had a method to his madness. He had a lot more finesse since he had been there for a long time and knew what worked for him and what didn’t. I had a lot more undeveloped ideas. When things went well, it was usually because he took some of my ideas and enthusiasm and figured out how to best filter them for the audience and for both of us “Rawley said. “We had differing ideas about who should be on that squad. Broski wanted to concentrate on the wrestling and in-ring aspects, but I wanted to concentrate on the real-life aspects and the entertainment side. For me, I understood that the majority of our bouts would be five-minute chunks on television, so we had to figure out how to get through them; the wrestling is so much secondary. The Street Profits, pumped up and racing through the throng, were probably the closest approximation I could think of to what I intended the Hype Bros to be initially. That was probably something I performed on stage, and they were like, ‘Chill out.’ We did a little amount of it in NXT, but we never got to do it on the main roster.”
When they eventually left NXT, things didn’t go as planned, and they were a little overshadowed as well.
“All we knew was that they were putting us together in NXT and that we were meant to stay there for a very short time, perform a couple of bouts, earn a few repetitions, and then move straight to the main roster,” Rawley added. “‘The way the NXT audience is developing, you’re a main roster man,’ Hunter said right away. That brief period of time stretched into a year or whatever it was before we were called up, and then there was the draft, and we were sent in with American Alpha at the same time. In the run, we had all of the NXT buzz, and we sort of made our debut as the real-life B Team.”
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Mojo Rawley, who is currently a WWE Superstar, has revealed his frustration over the company dropping their feud with Zack Ryder after breaking up the Hype Bros. Reference: matt cardona.
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