NXT 10-Count: Scott Dawson
Polished, distinguished, well-mannered and classy are not exactly the appropriate words to describe NXT Superstar Scott Dawson. Sylvester Lefort’s prime client has an unconventional take on life—and an equally unconventional appearance. In this third installment of NXT’s 10-Count, Dawson steps out of the ring and into our land of inquiry. Scott Dawson’s 10-Count starts right now!
WWE UNIVERSE: What do you like to do in your spare time?
DAWSON: First and foremost, drink coffee. I really like working out, but not that sissy core and ab stuff all the other Superstars do. I'm a fighter, and abs ain't ever won a fight. Big plates and big steaks equal big pecs and big checks.
WWE UNIVERSE: What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
DAWSON: Well, seeing how I'm, like, the James Dean of WWE, everything I do is cool. The coolest was the time my friends and I took a trip to a local farmer’s horse farm. It was late at night and raining. I started sneaking up behind the biggest horse in the pen and I jumped right on top and rode her like I was Smokey Davis! Needless to say, she threw me off about 50 feet in the air! But nothing hurts me, so I was OK.
WWE UNIVERSE: Who inspired you to step inside the squared circle?
DAWSON: I've fought my whole life, literally. I’ve fought behind trailer parks for money; I’ve bounced; and now I’m wrestling. My biggest inspiration to train for WWE, however, is Bret "Hit Man" Hart. He was the absolute best at what he did.
WWE UNIVERSE: What’s your favorite meal?
DAWSON: Anything my mama cooks. Choosing one is just too hard. But since you're making me choose, I’d say rib eye, potato salad, baked beans and baked mac ‘n’ cheese. As for dessert, a big helping of banana pudding. OH DADA!
WWE UNIVERSE: Why have you nicknamed yourself "Captain Roughneck"?
DAWSON: I get ridiculed for calling myself that. Why? Because I'm from the South? I can't help where I was born. Being a roughneck has nothing to do with where you're from, your race or ethnicity. It's a way of life. If you wake up and work for what you've got, you're a roughneck. If you're making ends meet, but still putting food on your family’s table, you're a roughneck. If you're a single parent raising a kid, two kids or a whole family, then you, too, are a roughneck. No need to be judgmental.
WWE UNIVERSE: Which WWE Superstar would you love to face and why?
DAWSON: Whichever one I could make the most money with. I'm here to take care of my family, not to contest "dream matches." But thinking about it ... it would be fun to square off against Antonio Cesaro.
WWE UNIVERSE: What made you team with Sylvester Lefort?
DAWSON: Sly waved a bunch of cash in my face. That's the only reason I'm here. Will it work out for the best? We will see.
WWE UNIVERSE: Where did you grow up?
DAWSON: [Singing] “Headed down South to the land of the pines, and I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline.” I'm the pride of North Cakalaky (North Carolina)! Wilmington, to be exact.
WWE UNIVERSE: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
DAWSON: Rituals ain't something I need to do. Maybe four push-ups. 50 wall punches—brick walls only: Gets the knuckles ready. I take a nap, drink some coffee, grab a big chew and I am ready to fight.
WWE UNIVERSE: Why do you always walk with a limp on the way to the ring?
DAWSON: It comes from an old ACL, MCL and meniscus tear from my days bouncing. The limp reminds me that I have a huge chip on my shoulder. My whole life, in fighting, I've always been overlooked and underrated—but not anymore. That chip is so heavy that I walk with a limp. There ain't nobody better than me, and that limp is a reminder.