The NXT Interview: Michael McGillicutty
Michael McGillicutty leads the NXT Rookies in win-loss records at a perfect 4-0. He's ranked an impressive No. 3 in the NXT Poll. He has an incredible working relationship with his WWE Pro, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston. To top if off, McGillicutty's family legacy of "wrestling royalty" makes him the perfect person to become WWE's Next Breakout Star. Find out how this third-generation competitor plans to take the reins and runaway with the WWE NXT competition.
WWE.com: Congratulations on your perfect record of 4-0 so far on WWE NXT. Why has no one been able to defeat you?
McGILLICUTTY: I think I possess skills that none of the other Rookies have. If you look, other than Kaval, all of these Rookies are either collegiate football players or basketball players. For me, this is something I was brought up in, something I was born to do. There is a lack of experience with these guys; they don't have the background that I do.
WWE.com: You're ranked No. 3 in the WWE NXT poll right now. How do you plan on moving up to No. 1?
McGILLICUTTY: It obviously has a lot to do with the WWE Universe's and The WWE Pros' votes. I think if I continue on with this perfect record, there is no way you can deny that. And as time goes on, the WWE Universe will find out more about who Michael McGillicutty is. As time goes on, the WWE Universe will find out that I'm going to keep on winning, and they will have to eventually turn to my side.
Another thing I would like to say about the WWE Universe is that they never forget those classic matches that Shawn Michaels had, or even John Cena or Triple H or Randy Orton have. Classic matches are what people love to see. That's why people keep coming back to WrestleMania, keep coming back to watch those guys wrestle. The WWE Universe needs to understand that starting now on WWE NXT, and when I'm done with WWE NXT, those are the kind of matches that I want to be capable of having and that's what's going to keep people coming back for more. That's why I should be ranked No. 1 and win WWE NXT.
WWE.com: Being a third-generation competitor, you're constantly being compared to your father and grandfather. How do you feel about that?
McGILLICUTTY: I think it's cool. I'm very proud of where I come from. I talk to my grandfather at least twice a week about this, and he gives me advice which is a little outdated, but it always helps hearing his perspective on things and what he thinks of what I'm doing, good and bad feedback.
WWE.com: But I'm sure you want to step out and be your own man?
McGILLICUTTY: Yeah exactly, I'm happy about where I'm from, but at the same time just my last name and where I come from isn't going to get me to where I need to be, and that's the World Heavyweight Champion -- something that my grandfather and my father never accomplished. Of course, even though I'm happy about where I come from, this is the time for me to make my own name and succeed on my own.
WWE.com: You've said you're part of "wrestling royalty." What's your plan for continuing your family's legacy in WWE?
McGILLICUTTY: Well I do have a 3-year-old son who is a bruiser already, but my goal is to headline WrestleMania and become WWE Champion. If I could do that, that would be a great goal in itself. Then my son, Brock, lets see what he does to keep this thing going. There are a lot of kids in the Hennig family. I'm the oldest grandchild. There are about 30 on both sides, and there are people that can do it. But, it's going to start with me, and start with me winning the WWE Championship and whatever happens after that happens.
WWE.com: How has your relationship been with your WWE Pro, Kofi Kingston?
McGILLICUTTY: It's been pretty good, we get along, and we talk about what I'm doing well, and what I need to work on. He's been helping me come up with a new finishing move. He's been awesome, and he seems like he actually cares and is there to help if I have questions. I watch him in the ring and the way he moves. I mean, he's Intercontinental Champion, so he's got to be doing something right.
WWE.com: Who is your biggest competition on WWE NXT?
McGILLICUTTY: In my eyes, ever since I started, I don't think I really had any competition. This is my season to win. There are guys out there who are ranked ahead of me, like Kaval and Percy Watson. Kaval is ranked ahead of me because he is known worldwide; he's been around for 10 years or whatever. Right now those are the two guys I'm worried about because they are ranked ahead of me, but this is my contest to win.
WWE.com: Who would you like to face next?
McGILLICUTTY: I think there are two guys that I would want to wrestle. I want to get in the ring with Kaval, for sure. I mean he's been around forever, and that would be a competitive and exciting match for me. I want to see if I can handle his kind of wrestling work.
Another person I wouldn't mind wrestling is Husky Harris. He also comes from a third-generation background and he's got a little attitude, so I think we could have a pretty good brawl.
WWE.com: You mention the World Heavyweight Championship. If you won the competition tomorrow is that the one you would go after?
McGILLICUTTY: Of course that's the main goal. Kofi's got the Intercontinental Championship. I don't think many know, but if I was to become Intercontinental champion, me and my father would become the only father-son combination to ever hold the same singles title. I mean that's something I would like to achieve, but my ultimate goal is to become Heavyweight Champion. But if it comes down to it, the Intercontinental Championship is something that means a lot to me.
WWE.com: Do you have any final messages for the WWE Universe?
McGILLICUTTY: When the WWE Universe takes a look at the seven competitors that are left; they need to see who the real sports-entertainers are. You have four failures at football, four people who couldn't hack it in the pro football field. Eli Cottonwood is a failed basketball player, and you have Kaval who took 10 years to get where he is now. I have three years experience. I was born and bred to be a sports-entertainer, so if you're going to vote for a WWE NXT Rookie, you need to vote for the guy that can put on a classic match and vote for the guy that is a true sports-entertainer.
The difference between me and other Rookies is that these guys are just glad to be a part of WWE. It's been a dream and they have now accomplished their dream. As for me, I expected this. I belong here.
I used to watch this as a kid and I always wanted to become a wrestler. These former failures of pro sports say, "This is something for me to just fall back on." You don't fall back on something like this. This is a lot harder than whatever they were doing before. They know nothing at all about this business. I have been around, seen and heard everything and know everything about this business. And when I win WWE NXT, the WWE Universe will all come to realize that if you're a part of a legacy as predominant as mine, winning isn't a sometimes thing, its an all the time thing.