At one point during his indie career he began travelling to work with Rip Rogers, who began to explain the fundamentals of wrestling to him. Elias never called a match in the ring before working with Rogers, but after that he was able to have fun working on the fly in the ring. Rogers’ training went a long way in developing Elias’ understanding of in-ring psychology and storytelling.
Elias admits that he still gets choked up when he thinks about Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes was a tremendous performer, coach, and person, and working with him at the Performance Centre was an amazing experience. Elias believes that he was one of Rhodes’ last real character projects before passing away, and he takes a lot of pride in that.
Elias informs that he’s been given an incredible amount of freedom on Monday Night RAW, in terms of his in-ring work as well as his promos. He doesn’t take that for granted because he knows that a lot of the performers don’t have that creative freedom at all. He has no complaints right now and he just hopes to continue his upward momentum in 2018.
He mentions that he likes what he’s doing right now as a heel, and he has never performed this incarnation of his character as a babyface. He feels that his reaction is growing on a weekly basis, and specifically since his RAW match with Roman Reigns a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps that high-profile match put a few more eyes on him than normal.