E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness Recap w/ Drake Maverick – Development of Rockstar Spud Character, Decision to Leave TNA, Thoughts on 205 Live, More!

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He points out that when he went to his first day of wrestling school his trainers asked him who his favourite wrestler was. He said his favourite wrestler was Spike Dudley and the trainer was surprised. He replied, “You want to be Spike Dudley?”, and Maverick said “Yes”, so the trainer quickly threw him into a locker. Christian says Spike Dudley is one of the toughest guys he’s ever been in the ring with, and Edge agrees.

Maverick informs that his “Rockstar Spud” character was basically a Spike Dudley rip off in the beginning, but over time he started to make the character his own. He points out that the character was meant to get heat from audiences while still entertaining them, and he thought he accomplished that.

He notes that receiving a contract from Dixie Carter was an incredible moment for him. He didn’t give up on his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and in that moment all of his hard work had paid off. He points out that his family and friends must have been concerned about his decision to pursue a career in wrestling due to his size, so when he got that contract he was proud to show them that he accomplished his goals.

He points out that when he was called up to TNA he thought he’d be a wrestler, but when he was told about the role he’d be playing he knew he was going to crush it. Being Dixie Carter’s annoying little assistant was something he knew he’d be able to do well, and he had a lot of fun in that role. He also developed a real-life friendship with EC3 during that time when they were working together on a nightly basis.

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