Malcolm Bivens has been a mainstay in NXT 2.0 for quite some time. He manages the Diamond Mine faction on the yellow brand. The stable has made quite a name for itself – thanks in part to Bivens’ managerial skills. It turns out that he was quite a JBL fan back in the day.

His first brush with WWE came years ago when he shared a moment with JBL in 2004. As Bivens reveals, he was a huge fan of JBL and his entourage – known as The Cabinet.

“It did [set Bivens up for greatness],” he spoke of his brief interaction with the then WWE champion on The Bump. He continued, “Also, that was a big-ass camera that I had. I think that was a Panasonic but yes, at that time I was a big fan of JBL, still am, The Cabinet.”

“That was my jam. That was my jam. Orlando Jordan, The Basham Brothers. Man, I remember that show vividly. Yeah, I had the time of my life. I think I was, I don’t want to date myself.

“I think I was 16- 17 years old. Yeah, and I slipped him a business card on the low, y’all didn’t see it. You know, I was broke back then, so I just wrote on a piece of paper.”

The episode in question aired on July 1, 2004. It was also a pivotal moment in JBL’s career, who had just won the WWE champion and was on his way to address the fans as the top player on SmackDown. Check out the video below:

Thanks to Fightful Select for the transcription. What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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