NXT Superstar Kona Reeves was interviewed by Byron Saxton on WWE.com, where he discussed his time with NXT and his future with the company.

What is the motivation behind the nickname “NXT’s Finest”:

I insist that I’m “NXT’s Finest” because I know I am the finest in every aspect. People call themselves the “greatest” or “the best” all the time. That’s okay because they are all alike. I am different than all those basic people. I have the finest hair, finest skin complexion, finest taste in music and finest ethnic background! My life is the finest it has ever been, and it’s only the beginning!

How does Reeves maintain the “Finest” status:

I go to the finest hair salon in Orlando, Fla., thanks to Mandy Rose. I have my coats and boots custom-made, and I only eat the finest organic foods. It’s not easy to live the finest lifestyle, but if you work hard, you get to play hard.

He discusses his heritage:

My mother is Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino and Spanish. My father is Dutch and Indonesian, hence why I have the finest ethnic background. I know you’re jealous.

WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan helped get Reeves started in the business:

I met Afa when I was 17 years old and had just graduated high school. I trained under Afa for over six years in Minneola, Fla., because I wanted to go to the Harvard of all wrestling schools. Afa is wrestling royalty and head of wrestling’s Samoan dynasty. I learned all the basics and how to be successful in this business from him.

What is the most important thing he learned from Afa:

The one thing that Afa preaches to his students is to never forget where you come from. I never will forget because I would never want to go back to being just fine.

How did his upbringing shape who he is:

My upbringing is exactly why I want the finest things in life. When I was younger, I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I didn’t have the name-brand clothing. I didn’t have materialistic things that a lot of the kids at school had, and no one paid attention to me because they were too busy sucking up to the kids who had those things. I tried to fit in but wasn’t accepted, and honestly, it made me irate. I promised myself that one day I will have all the finest things in life so I can rub it in everyone’s face.

He has been in NXT for several years but is only now making a name for himself. What has changed:

The difference is I stopped caring about what people thought of me. I stopped being “Mr. Aloha,” aka “Mr. Nice Guy.” I used to allow myself to get stepped on just because I wanted to make friends. I had to remember why I pursued sports-entertainment in the first place. I want the fame, fortune and glory, and that means I need to make tons of money. In order to make tons of money in this business, you need to win and become the face of the company. With the finest face, it shouldn’t be hard.

Why is he so vocal against his opponents:

I’ve been vocal because whoever steps foot in the ring with The Finest needs to know who runs that ring. If they don’t want to bother listening, I’ll just continue to beat on them until they get the point.

How does he respond to critics who say he is too cocky for his own good:

(Laughs) Like I said earlier, I don’t care what people think about me because those people aren’t on my level. I call those people the “common people.” The common people are the ones who are fine working their nine-to-five jobs wishing they could be me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to make the money I’m making doing what they love?

Finally, Reeves answers what his current goals in NXT are:

Current goals? Well, I have the finest plans for my career, but I think instead of me telling you, I think you should just watch!

Reeves is featured in the video below:

Kona Reeves is done making friends: NXT Exclusive, May 16, 2018

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