Back on track: Mason Ryan’s road to redemption

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July 10, 2013

Recharged and refocused

Jan. 17, 2011, will forever go down as the day that changed Mason Ryan’s life. Monday Night Raw was in full swing, featuring a main event contest between CM Punk and John Cena. With both competitors in the midst of battle, a hulking figure was about to change the entire complexion of the match. This was the first moment the entire WWE Universe would meet Ryan. 

Described as a “can’t miss” prospect during his tenure in WWE’s developmental system, many believed it was not a question of if, but when, Ryan would make his WWE debut. Not only would Ryan deliver on those expectations, but the Welsh Superstar found himself a part of WWE’s rebellious contingent known as The New Nexus.  

“I had a great time being in The Nexus” Mason told “I learned a lot working with CM Punk, who has a wealth of experience, plus it gave me my first opportunity to be on Raw and the world stage.” 

But as the unpredictability of WWE often goes, The Nexus would later disband and despite efforts to trudge on with his own singles career, Ryan would follow suit in fading from the WWE spotlight.  Ironically, this is when Ryan’s road to redemption began.

Sitting at home with his career in jeopardy, Ryan began questioning his ability to succeed in WWE. Then, he found inspiration in an unlikely source: the WWE Encyclopedia.

“I kept seeing all these Superstars who were only around for a short time and then disappeared,” Ryan said. “I told myself that there was no way I was going to let that happen to me.”

Recharged and refocused, Ryan decided it was time to stop doubting himself and start producing. Before long, the decision was made to join the ranks of WWE NXT. “To be completely honest, coming to NXT and almost starting again has been the best thing that could have happened to me,” he admitted.  “As much as I learned the first time around, I was far from a polished performer.”

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