The story of Drake Maverick’s release and triumphant return to WWE will be told for years to come. Maverick worked against all odds to earn back his dream job and support his family in these trying times.
In the finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Maverick came up short against El Hijo Del Fantasma. However, little did he know that he’d be walking out of the arena as an NXT Superstar.
As Maverick made his way to the back, Triple H came out with a contract in his hand. Maverick was offered the contract and he signed it and became a part of the NXT roster.
In an interview with BT Sport, Maverick talked about this moment. Maverick said that as he participated in what he thought was his “last one” in WWE, he remembered his deceased friend who wanted him to be a WWE Superstar.
At the end, I just sat there, and like accepted, ‘Ah. There it is, that was my last one. And I looked up, and you can actually see me look up. And that’s when the tears started coming, because my friend Dave passed from cystic fibrosis a few years ago. And you see me actually look up to him, like, ‘I did it Dave, and I wish you were here.’ Because he always pushed me to be a WWE superstar when not a lot of people would…
When Triple H made his way to the ramp, Maverick believed he was going to be offered a handshake and share a nice moment with Hunter. However, he was a contract and the pieces finally fell into place.
Maverick also revealed that he jokingly texted Triple H saying that he signed the contract under pressure because he looked so upset in the picture.
When I backed up the ramp and Hunter was there, I honestly just thought he was giving me, you know, a handshake and we were going to have a nice moment where he was like, ‘You did it, you really busted your ass.’ And then when he handed me the folder, I’m like ‘Ahh okay!’ And it was symbolic. I mean, I texted him later on like, ‘Hey, uh, I think I signed under duress, I kind of look upset.’ [laughs] But it was such a great moment. I mean, everyone could look into it like, ‘Well, why didn’t he have his attorney there?’ But it was a really — it’s a really special moment.
You can watch the full interview with Maverick here:
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