Odyssey Jones is just getting started in his wrestling career and he's already soaking up advice from some of the best in the business.
Jones is currently part of the NXT roster, but he worked a handful of dark matches for WWE SmackDown in July.
"I'm fortunate, a lot of my dark matches were with Austin Theory and he's a prodigy, he's the truth, he's awesome. Working with him was good for me because I haven't been working for three years yet. To go to the back, the feedback is different because there are not a lot of people on the roster my size or working my way, so the feedback is different. To hear the mindset, psychology-wise, from people like John Cena, Edge, and even Seth (Rollins). To hear the things they say is huge," he said.
Jones continued by saying, "Even from psychology in the match, but being in the dark match early, I remember being in the back in gorilla with John Cena prior to him...his first promo back, I was the dark match before, which is insane. I asked him what he's thinking and he instantly looked at the screen and jotted off so much stuff. Some of it went over my head and maybe I'll catch it one day, some of it seeped in. One of the things that seeped in was hearing the crowd chant. Before the show, some people were chanting 'Cena sucks' and you heard 'Let's go Cena.' He started rattling things off -- I won't give away all the trick because it's not every day you get to talk to John Cena -- but he rattles it off, looks at the screen, and instantly popped up and saw people I didn't see. I figured my eyes would be younger and fresher, but I don't have the eyes that he does for what we're doing. He's like, 'look at these kids here, this guy with the belt, he's my gearing so I know he'll (feel me).' I'm like, 'Oh my God, this is insane.' Just started working the hard cam [laughs]. He's getting in there and throwing me this stuff and I'm like, 'Woah.'"
Jones worked the dark match on the July 23 episode of WWE SmackDown, which was Cena's first promo following his return at WWE Money in the Bank.
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