The NXT Interview: Lucky Cannon
Lucky Cannon is a master at overcoming hardship and obstacles in his life, and his plan to conquer the difficult competition in WWE NXT is no different. The No. 5 ranked NXT Rookie has just a 2-4 record, and was recently attacked by WWE Pro The Miz, but Cannon isn't backing down. The NXT Rookie believes what goes around, comes around, and he'll be the lucky one standing tall by the conclusion of WWE NXT.
WWE.com: Right now the WWE Universe is voting on the NXT Poll. You ranked No. 5 in the previous poll. How do you plan to move up in the rankings?
Lucky Cannon: I think by just doing what I've been doing, by showing up every day and giving it everything I've got. That's all you really can do; hopefully people will recognize that.
WWE.com: Tuesday obviously there is going to be a big elimination. Who do you think is going to go home?
Cannon: I think Husky maybe. Or Eli. I think it might be between the two of them.
WWE.com: So there was the Obstacle Course Challenge on Tuesday, and Michael McGillicutty earned immunity. Do you think he won the challenge fair and square?
Cannon: Do I think he won fair and square? I don't know about that. But, he did win nevertheless, and what's done is done. Nothing you can do about it now. (PHOTOS | WATCH)
WWE.com: How has your relationship been with your WWE Pro, Mark Henry?
Cannon: It's been great. Mark is the man. He's been helping me out, giving me advice, showing me the ropes, in the ring and outside the ring.
WWE.com: What has he taught you in the first couple weeks?
Cannon: He's taught me about staying humble, staying hungry. Researching some of the legends of the past, seeing what their in-ring styles were, and seeing what I can learn from them.
WWE.com: Who is your biggest competition on WWE NXT?
Cannon: I've been asked that by everyone on Twitter, and all kinds of fans. I don't want to say that there is one individual that is my biggest competition, because I don't want to underestimate anyone. Competition is competition. I'll treat them all equally; I'll deal with them equally. I don't want to take anyone lightly. Everyone is just as likely a candidate to win as the next.
WWE.com: Who would you like to face next?
Cannon: I would like to get The Miz, give him some payback for face-planting me into the Money in the Bank briefcase. (PHOTOS | WATCH) I also have a little unfinished business with Cody Rhodes, as well, to be honest with you.
WWE.com: If you won the competition tomorrow, whose championship would you go after?
Cannon: I would go after Sheamus in a heartbeat. I think I've got what it takes to beat him.
WWE.com: You've overcome a lot of adversity in your life to get where you are today. What motivates you in the ring?
Cannon: My family. I think of making something of myself, to make my mother and father proud. They would be, regardless, but I would like to give them something extra. I think about giving my nieces and nephews someone to look up to. Just my family for every reason you can think of. That's really what drives me, in WWE and in life, period.
WWE.com: Can you tell the WWE Universe about the "iGot Lucky" T-shirts that you and Mark Henry have been wearing?
Cannon: It can mean so many different things; that's one reason I like it. Not to mention the design is cool. A close friend of mine designed it. … It can mean "I got lucky" in a literal sense, as well as "I got lucky" as in "I've got Lucky's back." To support me and things like that, so I like how it's open to interpretation. For whatever reason someone would want to wear it, they can wear it.
WWE.com: What's the significance of your tattoos, namely the Japanese symbol on your rib?
Cannon: The one on my ribs, the top part means "God," and the one under it means "warrior." I guess it's self-explanatory. I put the "God" on top, because in my life, God comes first. The warrior is what I aspire to be.
WWE.com: Your fans have shown you tremendous support, especially on Twitter where you have more than 7,000 followers. Do you think that's helping you in the WWE NXT competition, getting the word out there on Twitter?
Cannon: Absolutely, there's no doubt about that. It can give you a bridge between you and the WWE Universe. It's a way to connect with them. They get really, really excited when I message them or something like that. It's awesome because it's just me, and when someone gets so excited that I'm talking to them it makes me feel good, as well. But yeah, Twitter helps me bridge that gap between me and the fans. (Follow Lucky on Twitter)
WWE.com: You have a background in law enforcement. Has that influenced you in the ring at all or how you're a competitor today?
Cannon: I worked in a jail, the second largest jail in Florida. We housed 4,000 inmates. The thing about jails is, everyone goes through them, from the murderers to the jaywalkers, that's how it works. You deal with all kinds of people, and you need to be ready at all times, literally ready at all times, especially where I worked. You don't know when someone's going to come after you or snap. You always need to be ready and on your toes. I think that helps me a lot in the ring.
WWE.com: Are you really the world record holder in shoe-tying?
Cannon: Legitimately, is it in the books? No. But if there was any way to set it up, for the Guinness Book of World Records to come out, and I've showed Michael Cole this, he witnessed it: I am hands down the fastest shoe tier in the world, there is no doubt in my mind. We can get a stopwatch out and time it; there is no doubt in my mind that I am the absolute fastest.
WWE.com: That should have been part of the Obstacle Course Challenge!
Cannon: Oh absolutely. It would have been over then.
WWE.com: Do you have any messages for The Miz after what he did to you Tuesday?
Cannon: All in good time. What goes around comes around, period. People get what they deserve.
WWE.com: Do you have any messages for the WWE Universe?
Cannon: Thank you. Thank you for everything. No matter what the outcome of the competition, when it's all said and done, thanks for giving me everything that I have so far, and I hope it continues on and I don't ever want it to stop.