Elias is ready for a bigger spotlight.
Current WWE 24/7 Champion Elias is ready for better things. Throughout the majority of his WWE run, Elias has been a featured player on television, but hasn't found much in-ring success. Still, his musical segments always draw a reaction from the crowd, and now Elias wants to prove that he can headline every show.
"When I was in NXT, I actually thought I could have been on all the Takeovers and main-eventing all of those," Elias told Argus Leader. "Right now, I think I should be main-eventing all the Pay Per Views and main-eventing Wrestlemania. It has certainly been quite the journey from my time period from where I was playing guitar outside of the local venues in Florida trying to get noticed, to where I’m sitting on a stool playing guitar doing the same exact thing in front of 80,000 people at Wrestlemania. So, I definitely have that perspective in mind. But the same way that people didn't know what I was capable of in NXT, and then they see me on Monday Night RAW or Smackdown and they go, 'Oh my God, this guy is really good.' They've only seen a little bit of what I can do because wait until I'm in that position and wait until I am main-eventing Wrestlemania and things like that. You're going to be like, 'Wow, this guy is like the greatest of all time.'"
Though he didn't main event WWE SummerSlam, Elias was all over the show. He was part of a pre-show segment, which featured a surprise appearance by Edge, who speared Elias. Later in the evening, Elias served as the special enforcer in the bout between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon.
"I was all over the place at Summer Slam and anytime I can get involved in anything, I’ll make the best of it and do what I can," said Elias. "I was out there doing my performance and nobody in the world saw that Edge was coming out, myself included. There's a whole story to that that'll come out someday. But what a moment that was, the crowd began to go insane when he came out there. So that was really something to be a part of. Then later on of course as a special enforcer with Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. I did everything I could to stop Kevin Owens, but the guy just outsmarted everybody."
SummerSlam wasn't his night, but the following night on WWE Raw, Elias won the 24/7 Title from R-Truth. Elias continues to be part of both Raw and SmackDown, and with the 24/7 Title around his waist, takes part in more YouTube segments as well.
"Yeah, it's obvious that WWE sees great value in Elias and the entertainment that I bring. I was drafted to Smackdown in the shake up, but certainly, when WWE goes to Fox (starting on Friday, Oct. 4), maybe that will play a bigger role. But in the meantime, I am making the best at being a wild card person more often than not."
Elias battled Kevin Owens in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament last night on WWE SmackDown. With the help of Shane McMahon, Elias was able to advance. As the current 24/7 Champion, he should be part of the upcoming Clash of Champions event.