The end of the decade is encouraging a lot of people to reflect on where they were 10 years ago. For Roderick Strong, he was in a much different point in his career.

While speaking to After The Bell, the NXT North American Champion revealed that he nearly quit the pro wrestling business a decade ago. Things weren’t working out for him, but he did persevere. If he would have quit then things would be a lot different now.

“And I think it was about 2008 into 2009 a little bit, I kind of contemplated, ‘I don’t know if I necessarily really want to do this anymore.’ Not like I was jealous of all the other guys’ success; I just felt personally that I’m in the same league as them, and I wanted the opportunity to show the word. And you know, it was a small stretch of time, I’d say just a few months, but after that I kind of had a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting with myself, and looked in the mirror and said, ‘You know, your path has always been different, and it’s going to continue to be different. And eventually when you get the opportunity, you’re going to make the most of it.’ And here I am today.”

Roderick Strong obviously didn’t quit and he used those hard times to only push him to work harder. It wasn’t easy, but becoming a champion really shouldn’t be easy everyone would be doing it.


Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote

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