Staying hyped: Mojo Rawley makes his NXT debut

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October 17, 2013

WWE.com: Why wasn’t working a financial job appealing to you?

MOJO: I am not at a point in my life where I am ready to sit down at work. I am 27 years old and feel like I have never worked a day in my life. I am an extremely active person. I love training, I love the competition, and I love the grind to fight for something special. Don't get me wrong, these kinds of jobs are extremely appealing to me, but I have the rest of my life to work there. WWE is an opportunity of a lifetime that millions fight for every day, so as long as it's open to me, I am going to run with it.

WWE.com: What kind of training prepares you for the ring?

MOJO: I have been very fortunate to work with some of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the world. My training is primarily focused on conditioning mixed with Olympic style and explosive training. When I have a match, I don't ever want to have to worry about getting tired or being the less physically prepared man in the match. I want to be the most explosive and intense person to step in the ring. My training never stops because I stay hyped.

WWE.com: What exactly does it mean when you say you “stay hyped”?

MOJO: “Stay hyped” is what I stand for. It stems from a philosophy of pushing yourself to the absolute limit every moment of every day. When a person gets hyped, they are transformed from ordinary into superhuman and can therefore do things they never thought possible. So if getting hyped is that powerful, then staying hyped can make you a game-changer.  

As the last recruited guy on every team I played on, I had to work harder than everyone to get noticed. After practice, when everyone was tired and would head home, I would stay and do extra conditioning and lifting and film study, etc., and then I would go to work to find a way to pay tuition. Staying hyped is what I have built my foundation upon and it is responsible for the entirety of my life's success.

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WWE.com: Where did you get such a positive and focused attitude?

MOJO: That's how I was raised. I was taught to always stay positive. I learned a long time ago I had no place for negativity in my life and if I didn't stay focused, I would never get what I want. Even when times are at their worst, I show up every day with a smile on my face, ready to take on whatever challenges are thrown at me because that is life. For me, being positive is an opportunity to overcome life's biggest obstacles and stand tall triumphantly in the end.

WWE.com: Now that you are here, what do you want to accomplish in WWE?

MOJO: Inside the ring, I have only one goal, and that is to become WWE Champion one day. Outside of the ring, I want to do everything I can do to use my position as a Superstar to give back to the world. People in this type of capacity are in a very rare and unique position to make a massive difference in people's lives and it is important to never forget that. I still remember everyone who helped me and was there for me when I was coming up as a kid, and I understand how powerful their assistance was, so giving back has never been something I have ever taken lightly.

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