He was in NXT for about a year before he actually received a chance on television. When he finally got a chance as one half of The Vaudevillains, he was very excited right from the beginning. He credits Dusty Rhodes with having a huge impact on the development of his character, and there’s no denying that NXT suffered a huge loss the day that Rhodes passed away.
Lesser admits that the competitive mentality in NXT and WWE can be beneficial, but he points out that the company hired each talent separately based on their individual skills. Guys like Jason Jordan can do things that he’ll never be able to do, but he can do things that Jordan can’t do. There are several different positions available within the company, and your skill set often defines what position you will fill.
He informs that him and Aiden English weren’t told that they were being brought up to the main roster until 24 hours before they debuted. They arrived at WrestleMania weekend that year intending to fly back to Orlando on Monday, but they were told that they were going to be staying with the main roster group instead, which was quite a surprise.
Russo talks about the failure of The Vaudevillains on the main roster, compared to the success they experienced in NXT. He believes that WWE failed to set the table for their debut creatively, and this resulted in WWE’s mainstream audience not knowing who they were. This resulted in the WWE universe failing to ever connect to them as Superstars.