In 2016, QT Marshall went to NXT to do some extra work for the company.
Marshall had previously done extra work at NXT in 2013, 2014, and earlier in 2016, but was coming off neck surgery for his latest stint on the black and gold brand. Marshall was ready to work the tapings, but wasn't ready for his pitched opponents.
"I had surgery on my neck, had two discs fused up. I went back to do more extra work. I spoke to Regal and he said 'You're kind of a liability.' I got booked as an extra for NXT and they wanted me to work with the Authors of Pain, and I said no. I didn't have anything to lose except my life and career. They're super big, and it was two-on-one, me and another extra versus one guy. He had already hurt somebody -- Anthony Bowens -- he powerbombed one onto Bowens' head. I said to him, 'What moves do you think you're going to do to us.' He said, 'What does it matter?' I was just curious. He said, 'I'll probably do this, powerbomb the other guy onto you, DVD you guys.' I looked at, looked at Scott 2 Hotty [agent for the match] and was like, 'Nope, not doing it. I had this neck surgery.' It turned into 'don't take the booking then.' I was like, 'you don't even have to pay me. I'll drive back to Atlanta and be okay with it. Don't ever book me again, we tried, I'll get in the ring with anyone else. Put me with guys who aren't going to hurt me.' The kid who took my place got hurt. Matt Bloom told me they picked me because I could sell. I said, 'I'm gonna take these moves, get up, be okay, and make $200 or I'm never going to walk away and make $200.' It wasn't worth it," he said on Talk Is Jericho.
Rezar was less than a year into his career while Akam was barely a year into his career when Marshall was asked to work with them. Marshall did return to NXT in early 2017 to face Heavy Machinery.
Elsewhere during the podcast, Marshall discussed breaching his ROH contract to work NXT. You can find his full comments by clicking here.