The Top One Percent has already made waves since he showed up at Takeover Philadelphia, and put up a hell of a fight in New Orleans in one of the best multi-man ladder matches of all time. It seems that this time around with WWE, EC3 has a better understanding of who he is. That’s according to him in a sit-down interview with Byron Saxton for WWE.COM. The two discuss a variety of topics, including Ethan’s immediate goals, possible future opponents, and how this run will differ from his first tenure with the company. He had a quick response for that last one.
Upon my return at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, I came to the realization that, after all these years, I know who I am, and there is victory in that. I have been through professional and personal hells. In the past, I was misguided. I was happy I got to live my dream as my profession and be one of the boys. Enjoy time with friends and family, fall in love and show up every day with a smile on my face and a good attitude. I was satisfied with just working really hard, and if it’s not my time, well, we’ll get them next time! I was optimistic and lost. Now I take everything personally. This is a ruthless world, and one must be ruthless to cope with it. I do not have a dream; I have a vision. I do not seek happiness. I seek success. The only comfort I get in life is victory, after victory, after victory.
And one asked about his newest mantras:
The Top One Percent is not just a tax bracket or a way the “have nots” describe those that “have.” It’s a mindset. The Top One Percent is about having the best, and the best is what I have. In life, I have the best home, the best car, the best marine vessel. I come from the best family. I have the best education. The best taste in art, film, music and culinary delights. I have the best training, the best nutritionist, the best masseuse, the best hairstylist, the best esthetician (she’s a magician), the best therapists (both physical and mental). In the ring, I have the best cardio, the best dexterity, the best agility, the best timing, the best strikes, the best holds, the best “moveset,” whatever that is.
I have the best because I deserve the best. I deserve the best because I am the best.
One thing is for certain…it’s good to have the charismatic Carter back in NXT considering how hot the brand is right now. Seems like it can really benefit the both of them.