NXT North American Champion Ricochet was once said to be one of the hottest wrestlers not to be signed to WWE. His signing with the company early in the year was met with widely positive reactions, and despite being a notable member of the NXT roster since arriving, Ricochet has attracted a fair amount of criticism.
Some fans have hated the style that Ricochet represents. He and rival Will Ospreay had a match back at the Battle of the Super Juniors in 2016 that many wrestlers and fans alike called nothing but a choreographed dance routine, while others applauded the two up-and-coming stars for their impressive athletic ability.
In coming to WWE, Ricochet was received well at first. His rise up the card and him capturing the NXT North American Championship were two huge positive moments for him in terms of fan support. However, it seems that amidst the NXT UK contract news, Ricochet has garnered more negative reactions.
As mentioned, Ricochet was a top performer while not employed by WWE. His decision to go to the behemoth that is NXT has led to many fans calling Ricochet nothing but a “sell out,” despite the Superstar acknowledging since his early days as Prince Puma in Lucha Underground that NXT was the goal for him.
Ricochet replied to one fan on Twitter, who claimed that Ricochet was a proverbial “sell out.” The Champion defends himself, noting that he worked hard for over fifteen years to get to where he is, working in countless independent promotions around the globe. If trying to improve himself and prove he can be a ‘someone’ in the biggest professional wrestling company in the world then he is ok with being told he “sold out.”‘
Just to let you know, I have been doing this 15+ years. I was successful in EVERY independent company I worked for all across the world.
So if me trying something new & show I can be successful in the biggest wrestling company in the world means I “sold out”, I’m ok with that. https://t.co/Dqit4g8c2X
— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) November 26, 2018
The tweet has garnered a lot of positive feedback, with commentators agreeing with Ricochet. Check out a few of the responses below:
How dare he try to earn a living with his job.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) November 26, 2018
People want you to do well..just not better than them
— Shane Taylor (@shane216taylor) November 26, 2018
Thankfully there are loads of legitimate supporters out there who love to see their favourite wrestlers succeed. Unfortunately they're not heard nearly as often or as loudly as the haters, but they're still there and I'm glad of it.
— Paul Lazenby (@MaulerMMA) November 26, 2018
This type of negativity on here is what I can't stand
— ??✨?SSJ RDB KING?✨?? (@Rasheed_Buie) November 26, 2018
Hey, hey, hey, don't take no guff. Big Bear wouldn't.
— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) November 26, 2018
You can look at the tweet yourselves to see even more positive reactions for the North American Champion.
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