EC3 arrived in NXT after a run in Impact Wrestling, but that wasn’t his first stay in a version of NXT. It is a much different black and gold brand now, but EC3 was a part of the NXT segments that aired on WWE television.
While speaking with Fightful, EC3 admitted that he treated NXT like a joke, because that is the way WWE treated it. It’s much better to have someone laugh with you rather than laugh at you; this is something EC3 understands all too well. He wanted to have fun with the idea, but it got him a bit of heat for trying to stand out in that regard.
“Yeah, ‘cause they treat the entire show like a joke, so, why not make a joke of being the joke? I figure it’s better people laugh with you than at you. I don’t like being laughed at, I like being laughed with because I’m entertaining. So, yeah, we figured out a way around their silly game and it made the segment entertaining, made the show better. But, the fact that the control / power mechanism needs to reestablish why they’re in control. ‘Hey, you can be made fun of, but you can’t make fun of us.’ ‘Hey, I’m just trying to stand out, which is what you tell me to do.’ I want to be different, and I would like to entertain the people that paid money to be there as opposed to sitting there being like, ‘Why am I watching this forty-five minute atrocity unfold in front of me? I’m here to see Edge and Randy Orton and John Cena. I’m not here to see this curly haired idiot be put on the spot with dumb things.’“
EC3 got some heat for cheating at the newlywed game, but that’s just what he wanted to do. WWE didn’t appreciate it too much. Now EC3 is controlling his own narrative, and he can make a joke about whatever he likes.