NXT’s ‘Moonchild’: The CJ Parker story

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September 19, 2013

“When I was 13 years old, my friends and I vandalized our middle school. We smashed windows, spray painted walls and slit screens. We literally caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.  I was lucky the felony charges got dropped.” — CJ PARKER

CJ Parker’s childhood was tumultuous to say the least. The middle school vandalism incident described above was just one of several that would threaten an entirely different outlook on his life. Thanks to the realization that something had to change, Parker’s life took a turn for the better. It just so happens that the culmination of that change has created the Superstar we’ve come to know as the “Moonchild.”

When Parker returned to NXT in August, the charismatic Superstar was barely recognizable. Donning multi-colored dreadlocks and a matching color scheme from head to toe, the opinions of onlookers ranged from admiration to outright befuddlement. Regardless, don’t expect Parker to be offended. According to him, the judgment of those around him will no longer dictate his choice of actions.  

“When I was in school, I was always the class clown. I hid by jokes and one-liners because I was afraid to let people see who I really was,” Parker told WWE.com. “I started hanging with the wrong crowd and did the wrong things because I didn’t want to stand alone from the pack.

“The same thing happened when I came to NXT. It can be pretty intimidating around here and for the longest time, I just tried to fit in. I feel like I wasn’t letting the NXT Universe into my world. I wasn’t being true to them or myself,” he said.

View Parker's NXT photos.

Parker took his own advice to heart when he chose to “photo bomb” the selfie-taking resident model of NXT, Tyler Breeze.  

“I’m an out-there kind of guy and I’m not ashamed to say it. I like to laugh and I like to have fun,” Parker said. “Tyler Breeze is a perfect example of what is wrong with the world. He’s superficial and materialistic. He worries too much about things that don’t matter. I feel sorry for him.” 

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