EC3 is a ridiculously talented Superstar who is all set to make huge strides in NXT. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion arrived in the yellow brand last month and was a part of the North American Championship ladder match at Takeover: New Orleans.
EC3 recently sat down with wwe.com for an interview to hype up his return to NXT TV after his outstanding debut match at Takeover: New Orleans. The former TNA World Champion talked about the meaning of “Top One Percent” as well as his former stint in NXT as Derrick Bateman.
Ec3 revealed how he developed his Top One Percent mantra on this interview. Here’s what he said:
The Top One Percent is not just a tax bracket or a way the “have nots” describe those that “have.” It’s a mindset. The Top One Percent is about having the best, and the best is what I have. In life, I have the best home, the best car, the best marine vessel. I come from the best family. I have the best education. The best taste in art, film, music and culinary delights. I have the best training, the best nutritionist, the best masseuse, the best hairstylist, the best esthetician (she’s a magician), the best therapists (both physical and mental). In the ring, I have the best cardio, the best dexterity, the best agility, the best timing, the best strikes, the best holds, the best “moveset,” whatever that is.
I have the best because I deserve the best. I deserve the best because I am the best.
Furthermore, he opened up about his first stint in NXT and how this is going to be very different than that.
Upon my return at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, I came to the realization that, after all these years, I know who I am, and there is victory in that. I have been through professional and personal hells. In the past, I was misguided. I was happy I got to live my dream as my profession and be one of the boys. Enjoy time with friends and family, fall in love and show up every day with a smile on my face and a good attitude. I was satisfied with just working really hard, and if it’s not my time, well, we’ll get them next time! I was optimistic and lost. Now I take everything personally. This is a ruthless world, and one must be ruthless to cope with it. I do not have a dream; I have a vision. I do not seek happiness. I seek success. The only comfort I get in life is victory, after victory, after victory.