“I grew up watching Kurt and so I’ve studied him a lot and figured out what it is that made him so great, what made him so amazing to watch. So trying to make sure that I picked up some of those things, but at the same time being myself, because I never wanna try and mimic somebody else. I wanna be myself and be the first Jason Jordan. I don’t wanna be the second Kurt Angle.
“And it’s the same concept where we always get a lot of comparisons to the World’s Greatest Tag Team. We wanna be the first American Alpha. We don’t wanna be the second Team Angle or World’s Greatest Tag Team. We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are, and we feel like we’re unique and different. Yes there are similarities but we’re still different. As much as we look to Kurt, and as much as I’ve studied him and been a fan of Kurt Angle’s, he’s been an influence, but it’s nice to have a little bit of a separation between us.”
On possibly not making it after his struggles in FCW:
“There was definitely the thought. I was always confident in my ability, I was always confident in the talent that I had, and I felt WWE was a very good fit for me. After it didn’t happen for a couple of years and I had a knee surgery and everything, there were times I had doubts. Not that it wasn’t gonna happen, just that maybe it wasn’t the right time and maybe I had to take a step back and really find myself before I can move forward and be successful in WWE.
“But just trying different things and really searching to be myself and be comfortable with who I am and letting the world into my background, and what’s gotten me here to this point, that removed all doubt. When I started tagging with Chad Gable, we knew it right away that there was something special here between us. We had this chemistry, and that really allowed me to bring out my personality and be who I am and let everybody see what I have to offer, and that allowed me to bring myself to a whole other level. From that point I feel it’s been sky’s the limit.
“It’s been an incredible ride and a lot of fun. It helped me move past that point of having any doubt. It’s a struggle, extremely difficult. This is the place to be. Everybody wants to get to there from NXT. Everybody is hungry and chomping at the bit and trying to figure it out. It’s very possible you can get lost in the shuffle. I feel like maybe for a little while I was at that point where I was kinda getting not necessarily overlooked, but in the mix, among the middle of pack. Now I feel like I definitely rose to the top there. It’s been a pleasure and it’s been a journey, but I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.”