Malcolm Bivens discusses his stolen CD player.
Fans who follow Malcolm Bivens (formerly known as Stokely Hathaway) on social media probably know about his stolen CD player, which has been missing since April. Bivens has kept the bit up for months, providing an update every couple of weeks.
Speaking to Sam Roberts on the NotSam Wrestling Podcast, Bivens discussed how the bit became as big as it did.
"I thought I was playing with fire, then all of a sudden Triple H mentioned it on a conference call and it was how he liked people making their own content," said Bivens. "In a strange way, it helped make everything bigger. People on the main roster saw it, writers saw it and a lot of [Performance Center] talent saw it. It showed that I could take something so dumb and small that I created and I made something go for weeks."
Triple H mentioned the bit prior to NXT TakeOver: XXV when asked by Fightful about wrestlers creating their own content. You can view his comments by clicking here.
When questioned how tough it is to ask superstars to take part in the videos, Bivens said, "That's always been the big hurdle. The first few times I asked people -- I think the funniest one was Shayna Baszler. She didn't get it at all. Everyone is in character, even myself. I told Shayna, 'trust me, it's going to work.' We filmed it, she thought it was kinda funny, and once I put it together, she died. For two days straight she was like, 'when you gonna post it?' I was intimidated. I was like, 'Listen, I'm gonna post it.' Now, I think I earned the goodwill of anyone in the locker room because they know it's going to be funny."
Bivens continued, revealing when he realized the case of his stolen CD player had become as big as it did.
"Once I noticed that people on the main roster started paying attention -- the most eye-opening thing was Big E tweeted about it. He tweeted, 'I hope Stokely Hathaway gets his CD player back.' I was like, 'Oh, it really has spread.' That's when the ball started to get rolling."
As of this writing, Bivens is still missing his CD player.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit Sam Roberts with a h/t to Fightful.