Adam Rose did not know what to expect on the main roster.
This coming Friday, Raymond John Leppan better known by wrestling fans as Adam Rose will have what he is saying will be his final match in wrestling. Rose announced his retirement in March of this year and wrote a detailed message on Instagram in-which he thanked WWE for helping him live out his dream and noted that he would be fulfilling the remainder of the bookings he had left. This Friday at the Space Coast Convention Center in Florida against Bull Dempsey is that last date and to promote his final match, Rose spoke with Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel and gave his take on his final days in WWE.
“I was an idiot at the end – a moron, a bumbling buffoon,” Rose said. “I made mistake after mistake, a lot of them out of self-sabotage because I was so unhappy. I developed a drug addiction and just acted out in every way. The fact that WWE let me leave on what I consider good terms and helped me get clean is a miracle.”
Adam Rose and his "Rosebuds" were brought up to the main roster after a run in NXT. Rose shared that he was terrified of the idea of being on the main roster because those at Full Sail are able to witness the growth of their characters and added that NXT is the best place for some people.
"When they told me [I was going to the main roster], I was petrified,” Rose says. “NXT saw Adam Rose at his best; they saw the character grow up, all the way back from when I was Leo Kruger. Everyone who goes to Full Sail knows how special it is there. For some of us, it’s the best place for us, because once the [WWE] machine eats you up and spits you out, you know it. Nothing prepares you for the day-to-day life on the road. But how many people get the opportunity to have that opportunity?”
Another in-ring performer who is on a retirement tour of sorts is former 11-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Jushin Thunder Liger. Liger will have his last match at Wrestle Kingdom 14 and he recently announced that the Super J-Cup tournament is returning and for more information about the return of the Super J-Cup, click here.