On Monday's WWE Raw, John Cena returned to WWE TV and interacted with a variety of superstars, including The Street Profits.
Cena and the Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) were involved in a backstage segment where Cena learned what the smoke was all about.
Speaking to Adrian Hernandez of The Bet Las Vegas, Dawkins discussed his off-camera interaction with Cena.
"We got to talk to John a little bit off camera. He just gave us words of encouragement, he's big fans of both of us, just keep doing what we do. Giving us advice on evolving and improving ourselves and making sure we never get comfortable being in the spot we're in, even though we're in a pretty good spot. Wanting more, keep wanting more, keep improving, don't stop. The work gets harder as time goes on and you keep getting more responsibilities. We want those responsibilities. He was just telling us that," said Dawkins.
The Street Profits have become one of the top teams in WWE over the years, but it took them a bit to find their footing.
Dawkins was signed in 2012 while Ford was signed in 2015. They were put together in 2016 and took over a year before finding consistent television time.
Asked if there was any frustration as they tried to find TV time, Dawkins said, "I'd be lying if I said that there wasn't. There was a little bit, but it was one of those things where we both had to sit down and be like, 'Alright, why weren't we on the show?' He didn't start until 2015, I didn't start until 2012. There were a lot of people at NXT that had been wrestling double digit years while we were in middle school. They had been around the world and all that stuff. It was a mental thing like, maybe they didn't feel like we were ready. I had been wrestling, at that time, five or six years. Him, three years. The furthest we had ever gone was, California, maybe. We had dudes who had been around the world, like Japan, England, Australia, just traveling around the world and finding themselves so when they got to NXT, they were already made. We were still finding ourselves in a way where, even though we were cool and knew each other and goofed around, it was, 'how can we make this translate into the ring and into promos?' Once we got to that, it was, 'now we're clicking.'"
The Street Profits will challenge for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships at WWE Money in the Bank against The Usos.
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