Bo Dallas: Bred for success

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June 13, 2013

Bo Dallas' road to the NXT Championship

“Big E is too dominant.” “There’s no way Bo is winning that match.” “He’s good, but not that good.”

Heading into his NXT Championship Match against Big E Langston, Bo Dallas had heard it all. It seems few expected the young athlete to pull off an upset victory over NXT’s Immovable Force. Yet Bo did, in fact, achieve his goal of becoming NXT Champion while simultaneously silencing the doubters. One might think the win came as a surprise to the new champion, but a deeper look into the genetic makeup of the Brooksville, Fla., native tells another story.

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Dallas’ first mainstream exposure in front of the WWE Universe was during a life-changing opportunity last January. After winning an NXT Tournament during Royal Rumble Axxess, Dallas earned himself a coveted spot in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match. Though many debuting Superstars might have buckled under the pressure, Dallas managed to last an impressive 21 minutes. Furthermore, he secured an upset elimination of Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. His ensuing rivalry with Barrett nearly captured the Intercontinental Championship from the bare-knuckle fighter, and though Dallas came up short, he didn’t let frustration become his proverbial Achilles heel. Instead, he used the experience as motivation to work harder and surpass expectations. It’s a lesson he has learned at a very young age.

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There are very few who can lay claim to as strong a family lineage of wrestling greats as Dallas. He is the grandson of WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan, the nephew of WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham and brother, Kendall, as well as the son of former WWE Superstar Mike Rotunda (IRS). Dallas was taught by the best that nothing is given – only earned – through hard work and determination.

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