Recently signed NXT Superstar EC3 spoke with Byron Saxton of, where he discussed his change in character since the last time he was under contract with WWE.

Who is EC3?

EC3 is the best here, the best there, the best anywhere. EC3 is The Top One Percent of this industry. Yeah, EC3 is the formula for success. EC3 is a golden god, a five-star man, the prince valiant of verbiage, a million-dollar man with a billion-dollar brain and a trillion-dollar body. EC3 is an over-dog.  The coolest, toughest, strongest, funniest guy who walks into any room. A literal human money-printing machine. EC3 is any litany of catchphrases that brew in his mind and spew out of his mouth. EC3 is more brand than man.

How was the mantra of ‘Top One Percent’ created?

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.

He explains what it was like to return to WWE and walk into the WWE Performance Center.

This place is OK, I guess. Walking into the Performance Center and into NXT, I wasn’t focused on the material as much as I was focused on the personnel. I was focused on the habits of my competition, their ability, their intangibles. How they train, how they eat and how they react to any given scenario. NXT has some of the most driven, most passionate and most talented sports-entertainers in the world. I do not fear one of them.

How have things changed since the last time he was signed?

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 a 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… Yeah, I do not seek happiness, I seek success. The only comfort I get in life is victory, after victory, after victory.

What was it like to be shot into a Championship match for his debut?

The only light I seek is that proverbial spotlight. It was earned, and it was deserved. The only problem is that it was merely a taste. It is now something I crave. It is a hunger that is unquelled, and I desire it.

Is there added pressure in being so boastful?

Pressure? No such thing. If you don’t believe yourself, who will? There is no better feeling in the world than saying you are something and going out there and proving it.

Which Superstars does he want to face?

Yes. I want to vanquish John Cena at WrestleMania.

What are his immediate goals?

The NXT Championship. Laying claim to that title would be quite serendipitous.

He gives a final message to the WWE NXT Universe.

Watch closely, tread lightly.

Below we’ve included a look at EC3 heading into his Full Sail debut with NXT for next week:

EC3 makes his NXT TV debut next week: WWE NXT, May 2, 2018

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