Justin Gabriel was a contestant on the first season of NXT alongside Superstars such as Daniel Bryan, Ryback, and David Otunga. After coming to the main roster, Gabriel was a member of both The Nexus and The Corre. Not long after, and Gabriel was out of the company.
Since his release, Gabriel has made a name for himself on the independent scene, working with every promotion he can. The Superstar has also had several extensive injuries, though he still competes despite the insane toll these have taken on his body.
Gabriel, who often works under the alias of ‘The Darewolf’ PJ Black was recently a guest on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, where he revealed if WWE is on his radar again, and made the claim that he pitched for 205 Live to be on the WWE Network when the Network was just starting up.
Gabriel first explained whether he had pitched anything to WWE throughout his time with the company and if he was given approval for anything.
“I had like twenty or thirty different ideas for The Bunny alone, and then the Darewolf character after that and I had a bunch for the Angel character. Even when I had just about left the Network came out and they asked us to submit shows and I wrote up like ten shows which just got shot down the whole time and I thought that maybe ideas aren’t good. I kind of felt worthless and that was one of the main reasons that I left. One of the shows I pitched over and over was the 205 Live show and I’m happy to see that they are actually going with it right now.”
“It was me, Dean Malenko and Jamie Noble. Obviously, two well-known cruiserweights who are agents backstage, and we just talked about it and we kept pitching it to them and were like if we have a network and we need content and we have all this air time where we can put anything we want on but I think that was just a timing thing. Maybe it would have happened sooner or maybe. I planted the seed and I don’t want any credit for it because I’m just happy to see they are doing it right now.”
Additionally, Gabriel explains whether WWE is on his radar even years after he left the promotion.
“It is funny you say that because it changes all the time. When I left it was been there and done that and I’m good. Now let me try some other stuff because I still want to go to Japan and a bunch of other companies that I still want to work for on my bucket list. But every once in a while I am like ‘well maybe I should go back just one more run because I want closure and I don’t feel like as a singles competitor that I got a good run at all or like a good showing.’ I feel like when I left too that it was abrupt and I feel like as a performer and a person and a wrestler that I’ve grown and I feel like my weaknesses back then are now my strong points. While in the WWE you kind of don’t evolve. You just do what you get told and you kind of just stay the same and that is why they sign a lot of the indie guys and you see it with Kevin Steen and Finn Balor and AJ. You saw them doing well on the Indies and now they are doing well on TV. So every once in a while I think [that] maybe I will go back and if they come to me with a good storyline, I don’t even care about money now. If they just come with a good storyline and I get a good payoff for WrestleMania or maybe it is a Nexus storyline I’d consider it and I’m not going to turn anything down but if you spoke to me a year ago I would have said no and never. But one thing I learned from Vince was never say never.”
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With H/T to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling for the transcription.