Spears says he was a huge wrestling fan in high school, and even though wrestling was a priority for him he wanted to get an education as well. Unfortunately, he was rejected from three Universities and this forced him to begin training without a backup plan. Somehow it all worked out in the end.
He says he found a wrestling school and maxed out a $3000 credit card to join the school. Unfortunately, he wasn’t receiving great training there and Eric Young actually noticed this and invited Spears to come and train with him for free. Spears jumped at the opportunity and the rest is history.
He knew that he had the ability to pick up the in-ring movements quickly, but for whatever reason he struggled with throwing a dropkick and executing a headlock takeover. Those two moves took him much longer to master than most other things.
He did a WWE tryout in 2006 and got picked up by the company. It was one of the hardest things he’s ever done, and it became more difficult as WWE Superstars like Randy Orton and The Undertaker began to show up and watch him at the end of the session. Luckily it all worked out and he was sent to OVW.