Former WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley has recently spoken about the mental toll the WWE backstage environment took on him, and revealed what he would do differently if he could redo his career in the company. The former Green Bay Packers player never really reached the heights he could have in the WWE and failed to make an impact in his career so far.
The former 24/7 Champion signed for WWE in 2012 and lasted 9 years until his 2021 release. His high point in the company was winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale in 2017 (with the help of Football superstar Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski), although he failed to capitalise on the win with a push following Wrestlemania.
Mojo Rawley was set to return to the ring in 2022, but his comeback match fell through. He was booked to wrestle at the controversial Wrestling Entertainment Series in Nottingham in July, but the event was ultimately cancelled. He has not wrestled in WWE since 2020, with his last match being a loss to Chad “Shorty G” Gable on Smackdown June 2020.
Mojo has recently spoken to former NXT and AEW alumni Bobby Fish on his new podcast “The Undisputed“. He discussed a variety of topics, including the mental toll of working in WWE and what he would have done differently if he could do over his time with the company.
Speaking to Bobby Fish, Mojo Rawley said;
“That transition is very different, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting, I suppose. I didn’t expect the mental game to be so severe. If there was one thing I could have gone back and changed about my career, I would have spent a little less time trying to be in the best cardio shape humanly possible and be as strong as I was, going back to the PC [WWE Performance Center] to try and break the records every week that the NXT crew was putting up while I was on the road.“
“I was getting in the ring and watching tape, but I probably should have gone about that process a little differently. Physically, I always felt like I was good to go and had my competitive advantage, but mentally, I needed to do more there to keep up with guys who had been doing this for so much longer. That would have been the big change I would have made.”
Real name Dean Muhtadi, Mojo Rawley currently runs his own sports agent business but does not rule out a WWE return some time in the future.
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