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CJ Parker Talks Departure, Eva Learns New Move, Kevin Owens On Wrestlemania

CJ Parker On Quitting NXT

CJ Parker discussed quitting NXT in a recent interview with Rolling Stone:

I think it just came down to personal growth as a performer. For a couple years now I watched guys come in, all these guys who are now very good friends of mine, who had experienced things and made themselves stars before they got to NXT. So just for my wrestling soul, I want to experience those things too. I want to earn my stripes the old-fashioned way. I want to wrestle in front of small crowds and go from the ground up. I’m 25, so if I was going to do that, if I was going to travel the world and live out of a suitcase, then now’s the time.

It was a really, really hard decision. It wasn’t an overnight thing. It was something I had been playing with in my head for months and months. I had to do it. It was tough, but it needed to be done. I’m really excited and happy that I chose this direction for myself. It’s going to be fantastic.

He also gave his opinion on Triple H:

He’s the best, man. He’s so passionate, so smart. He’s a great guy. He’s very hands-on with everyone. He’s the kind of guy who, once you have your match, he’ll pull you aside and tell you what you did right, what you did wrong and what you could have done differently. He’s constructive and he makes you feel good. He lets you know that it’s all right to make mistakes as long as you learn from those mistakes. He’s the man and NXT is his baby. It’s cool to watch him be excited about NXT. It’s cool to see how proud he is of what he and all of us are doing down there.

Eva Marie Training Update

Eva Marie has been working hard to improve in the ring and has been having one on one sessions with Brian Kendrick at his school in California. She recently learned the Spinning Headscissors move:

Working on #HeadScissors with @Mr.BrianKendrick #WWE #RoadToTheTitle #BettaThanEva #DoWork

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Kevin Owens Says WWE Is A Dream

Kevin Owens told the Miami Herald that working with WWE and experiencing Wrestlemania is a dream come true:

It was pretty amazing. To see 4,500 people come out just for NXT without even knowing the matches, was amazing. They just knew who was going to be there. They came out for NXT and nobody else. So to be a part of that was really cool. I couldn’t wrestle because I’m recovering from surgery, but just to see everybody and how hyped the crowd was for everyone. It was just a really cool experience because we all go to the Performance Center every day. We are all like this family in a way. So to see everyone get such a reaction was something special. To see NXT grow I mean it’s our brand. We are building it. We are making it happen. It’s really cool.

There is no doubt being in WWE is all a dream come true. My parents saw me form the time I was 11 years old until now. This is all I ever wanted. Since I was 11, I have wanted to be here. So essentially this is a dream come true…The NXT show, at one point I was watching from the backstage monitor with Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels and X-Pac. It doesn’t get better than that. Shawn Michaels. He is a reason I am here. When I saw Shawn Michaels wrestle at WrestleMania 11. That is what made me want to become a wrestler. I got to tell him that in person. I got to talk to him for a half hour about wrestling, about life, about kids, about family. That is by far was a highlight of my weekend.

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