TJP Says Learning From Shawn Michaels Outweighed The WWE Cruiserweight Title Win For Him

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJP was interviewed by Wrestling Epicenter's Interactive Wrestling Radio. You can see the full interview at this link, and check out highlights above.

His favorite accomplishments in WWE:
"Winning the championship was cool. But, there is other stuff that special to me maybe for more personal reasons. Shawn Michaels had just started working for WWE in a backstage role right around the time I started. It might have been the first thing he did but he produced the match that I had with Rich Swann in the tournament. That was kind of cool that the first thing he did was to have me and for me, he's a huge hero. So, to work with him in that capacity... And then, from there, I sort of met with him every week and he became a mentor to me in real life. That far outweighs winning a title, having that experience. On a similar note, it was cool to finally do a show at the Staples Center - To be in the house that Kobe (Bryant) built and as an LA boy, it was like,"Ok, this is awesome!" Cedric helped me break the hometown curse, we won a match one day at the Staples Center. And then, there was another night and this might be my favorite one. Neville and I, we closed a show at the Pond. I remember sitting in the crowd at the Pond to see WrestleMania 12 and seeing Shawn (Michaels) and Bret (Hart) in the (Iron Man) title match. That was a huge moment for me. And, when I first started wrestling, I wrestled at Swap Meets down the street from the Pond in Anaheim. I was riding home from a show with my friend Dave and we went by the Pond and I said, "One day, we'll wrestle at the Pond for sure. Trust me." Dave ended getting out of wrestling a few years later. But, eventually, I had that match in the Pond. I had Dave come out. We hung out. I told him, "We finally made it!" (laughs)"

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