WWE invites several people to their tryouts even though they can only sign a few of them. JD Drake had his chance with WWE, but it just didn’t work out that time around. He still had quite an experience in the process.
While talking to Wrestling Inc, JD Drake revealed that he had a match against Dio Maddin, now known as Mace, at an NXT house show during his tryout. Then he was hurt and that was the worst to have an injury during such an important time in his career.
“I went down to the WWE PC for a week, and trained over there. I wrestled Dio Maddin [MACE] on a house show, and even defeated him. I was supposed to wrestle Ridge Holland but I hurt my lower back sacroiliac joint during the match with Maddin. And I couldn’t stand up straight, it was the worst.”
“There were talks, and they were into it [signing me]. However, that opportunity obviously fell through, and everything happens for a reason. I’m starting to really believe that, now more than ever. Because I’ve been blessed with opportunities that I wouldn’t have received otherwise – like the match with Daniel Garcia [for the Limitless World Championship].
JD Drake is now wrestling for AEW and taking advantage of every opportunity he can. We’ll have to see if he ever finds his way back to a WWE tryout. Hopefully, he has much better luck next time around.