Riddick Moss is aware that the circumstances are different for some opposed to others.
NXT's Riddick Moss has been a part of the black and yellow brand since early 2014. Moss has sporadically appeared on NXT TV and was a part of a team with Tino Sabbatelli and is currently teaming with Dan Matha on live events and they are manged by former TNA X Division Champion Robert Strauss. Riddick is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of action for seven months.
With five years in WWE under his belt, Moss has seen a plethora of wrestlers come to the brand and earn and/or be inserted into championship programs and TakeOver events immediately. He reflected on how that makes him feel and how that motivates him when he joined the notsam Wrestling Podcast. Riddick said that when he came to NXT in the class that consisted of Finn Balor and Kevin Owens, he knew that the circumstances for them were different opposed to how those circumstances were for himself. He also shared that he had realistic expectations because he was new to wrestling but that was no excuse for him to not give his full effort.
“It’s a bit of a combination, because I came in with Fergal -- Finn Balor and Kevin Owens. I came in at the same time as them and so I was aware that there were gonna be -- I wasn’t delusional and thought that I would beat Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver or anything like that. I was aware that there was different circumstances for everybody coming in. But, I think my mindset was just, ‘Grind away and it’ll happen’ and just let the process play out and I was doing well and I was getting good feedback so it really didn’t occur to me that I needed to do more than that, and it’s just this balance of, you have to be willing to let go of the things that you can’t control but at the same time, put your full effort into things that you can control and you have to have patience within that so, put your full effort into whatever you’re doing personality-wise, whatever you’re doing in the ring and when it doesn’t happen right away, you have to be willing to say, ‘It doesn't matter. I’m just going to continue improving my craft’ and it’s so easy to say but it’s so much harder to do and that’s something that I fight and try to get better at every single day." Moss explained. "But, to answer your question, going into it, I thought I knew it but I didn’t really know it. I thought I had the right mindset but as I’ve been in this longer and longer, more and more has opened up to me and I’ve realized that there’s so much more that you can do.”
Riddick Moss and Dan Matha were in action during NXT's Texas road trip over the weekend and to check out the results of their matches, click here.
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