Roderick Strong is glad he made the decision that he did.
Former PWG World and ROH World Champion Roderick Strong made the choice to sign with WWE in 2016 and since then, he has wrestled the likes of Pete Dunne, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Roode but currently Roderick Strong is having one of the more highly-regarded runs of his career as a member of The Undisputed ERA. Roderick Strong, alongside Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly are planning to run rough shot over NXT and obtain all the gold that they can.
Looking back on his decision to sign with WWE and join the Performance Center, Strong feels that it is and was the best thing for his career. When he guest appeared on E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness, he further elaborated on that decision and explained that there was a feeling that he was no longer learning on the independent scene and needed more.
“I mean for me personally, just going to the P.C. has legit been the best thing for my career. I was at the point on the indies, I’d been around for so long. I was legit like the veteran -- one of the last veterans that really had a lot of experience and it’s kind of hard when you are…. Trying to teach everybody but no one’s necessarily teaching you and then you kind of get stuck and it was one of those things that whenever I got the opportunity to go there, I was like, ‘Ah man. This is kind of what I’ve been waiting for’ because I never had a traditional, long-term trainer or anyone that mentored me for an extended period of time. I’ve had a ton of guys help me, and give me a ton of knowledge but it just got to the point where it was like, ‘I need more, and I don’t necessarily know how I’m gonna get more’, and then when this opportunity came about, I was just like yeah. No matter what comes of it, I’m going in there to see if they can help me reach my potential because there’s a lot of stuff when it comes to the character aspect, the story telling aspect, that I just kind of had no clue about and I’ve been so lucky to be in Shawn’s [Michaels] class. I love it, because he’s a lot like me." Roderick said. "He would just go and babble a lot and make you take things out of what he’s saying but to me, it all just makes sense. He’ll talk for like twenty minutes and he’s like, ‘I hope you got something out of that’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah everything’, because it made someone like me feel like, ‘Oh, it’s not a bad thing to analyze and kind of obsess and micromanage every little aspect of a match’ because you want it to be the best it possibly can be, and it's just been unbelievable, and those guys as well [Undisputed ERA] and that’s another part of the creative process that’s so fun because we all, no matter what we’ve done, feel like there’s so much left to do and there’s so much left to learn, so it’s just a fun, fun process.”
Undisputed ERA member Adam Cole will be a part of a marquee match at NXT TakeOver: New York and to find out what that match is, head over to Fightful's TakeOver: New York "event" page.
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