Ricochet has no intention of turning heel any time soon. The WWE superstar says he prefers not to turn his back on the fans who have supported him. He said unique aspects of the character make him more likely to succeed as a hero than as a villain. The former United States champion says his size and move set best suit a babyface.
He talked to Ryan Satin on the most recent Out of Character podcast. There, Ricochet said a character like him feeds on the positive audience response. In a sea of bad dudes talking trash, his explosive offense is a perfect fit to shut up the heels with great in-ring work.
“I mean, the thing about Ricochet is one of the key things that kind of drives him is the WWE Universe. Especially at the moment, especially with guys like Sheamus out there, Ricochet wants to go out there and show, ‘I don’t care how big or bad you think you are, it don’t matter.’ Look at Drew [McIntyre] will come out there and the look on your face I will smack you in the mouth I don’t care. I think at this moment especially because you got so many guys out there, you have Roman, you got Sheamus, you got all these guys out there who are heels essentially, but it’s like I want to shut up all those guys out there talking all this talk. I’m gonna shut them up.
…Yeah, definitely that’s the thing I mean, obviously like on paper it’s like Ricochet and Drew McIntyre. On paper, this guy should beat this guy. But the thing is, Ricochet has a particular set of skills that allow him to do impossible things and allow him to do things that are extraordinary. You know what I mean? So that’s the thing about ricochet. It’s like, it’s like, sure, yeah, it’s like he doesn’t have to size up.
But to compensate for his size, he has this set of skills that nobody else in the industry can have, you know, I mean, he has his very specific set, but very rare to have, you know what I mean? So, I think that compensates for any type of size, any type of power or any type of thing like that. I think what I have is just as special in its own right.”
Ricochet’s career began in the early 2000’s. He first made a name for himself by winning the Chikara Young Lions Cup. A legendary career on the independent circuit and in Japan led him to sign with WWE in 2018. He quickly won the NXT North American championship and ascended to main roster status.
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Thanks to Fightful for the transcription!