Tensai takes his talents to the NXT announce desk

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January 23, 2014

WWE.COM: What have been your career aspirations?

TENSAI: To become a champion. Anyone who says that their aspirations are not to be a champion is flat out lying. We all want to be the best and holding that championship proves that you are. When I first started wrestling that was my dream. When I won the Intercontinental Championship, it was a dream come true but I was not close to being satisfied. I also wanted to be in a video game and have my own action figure and I achieved that. But as time passes by, my goals change, and today, my aspirations have changed, as well.

WWE.COM: You recently made your debut behind the NXT commentary desk. How did that come about?

TENSAI: Not really sure what got me into the world of commentary. It is an entirely different field that I never even considered trying. It started when I had the chance to be a part of a live Kickoff panel for a WWE pay-per-view. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield were two people who helped me prepare for that. I made the most of that opportunity, and I suppose someone thought I could be good at it with practice. Little did I know, I would need loads of practice. It is an entirely different monster. I never realized how difficult it was to be a commentator. Each and every week you need to imagine that this is the viewer's first time watching WWE. You need to explain the Superstar or Diva and tell the story of why he or she is doing what they are doing while keeping it entertaining. The last thing you want is for a viewer to change the channel because the commentary is dull, vague or boring. 

Watch Tensai on the NXT announce team when NXT joins the debut of WWE Network Feb. 24!

WWE.COM: What have you enjoyed the most about your work on NXT?

TENSAI: What I really enjoy about working on NXT is having the chance to help someone’s career flourish and blossom by bringing the next generation of talent into other people’s living rooms.

WWE.COM: What are your goals for the future?

TENSAI: As far as my future goals, I hope to be a regular commentator on NXT. From there, I hope to be part of a team to call Raw or SmackDown. I would also like to be a trainer and producer for WWE at some point. I like to set lofty goals and tackle them a day at a time.

WWE.COM: I understand you have a life motto that you utilize to reach your goals?

TENSAI: Absolutely. “Setting goals is the first step in turning invisible into visible.”

Follow Tensai on Twitter @WWETensai and get more NXT coverage on the official NXT Facebook page.

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