Dominik Dijakovic first made his debut under Triple H’s NXT, but his character has seen plenty of changes since then. After an abysmal stint as T-Bar, he was repackaged as Dijak and has since been booked as a legitimate threat in NXT. That said, it appears WWE didn’t want him seen on television during the pandemic.
The pandemic era in WWE was a very bizarre time in the company, as it was largely viewed in the ThunderDome with virtual fans in attendance instead of a live audience. Many people felt that era was simply the worst time to be a wrestling fan.
During the ThunderDome era, there was a lot of piped-in crowd noise. Prior to that, everything took place in the WWE Performance Center and NXT talent posing as fans at ringside.
While speaking to Stick to Wrestling, Dijak talked about the time AJ Styles and Bryan Danielson squared off against each other on Smackdown. At the time, Dijak recalled how WWE didn’t want him to be shown on television.
“The A.J. Styles, Bryan Danielson match or Daniel Bryan match at the P.C. where they did that because they had all the wrestlers and I was off in a corner hiding because I was one who — there’s so many stories about the pandemic but, there was a list of wrestlers who weren’t allowed to be on TV but we had to be there just for the sake of noise.
So I’m standing off-camera just screaming really loudly (he laughed). Great match by the way. Super fun to watch, all things being considered of the pandemic.”
Things are clearly better for Dijak now as he previously challenged Wes Lee for the North American Championship. He is now set to square off against Ilja Dragunov at NXT Battleground tonight, so we’ll have to see how the match will turn.
What’s your view on what Dijak said? Are you surprised he was not shown on WWE television? Let us know in the comments!