The WWE Draft is officially in the books, and the new rosters are set to come into play starting October 22.
On the first night of the draft, NXT faction Hit Row (consisting of North American Champion Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis, Top Dolla and B-Fab) were drafted to SmackDown, much to the surprise of many fans.
AJ Francis (Top Dolla in the group) recently spoke on the Jobbing Out podcast, where he detailed his thoughts on the groups call up, as well as a story of WWE Hall of Famer Edge telling them they were ‘exactly what we need’ in 2021.
“We’re (Hit Row) changing the game. That’s the thing that I’m most excited about is because like, when I come back through the curtain and Edge tells me, ‘This is what we need. This is 2021. This is today’s wrestling. This is what we need.’ To hear Edge say that to me about an idea that I came up with three years ago before I was even here, and to see it go all the way through to fruition and then not only did it work for me, but it worked for my boy Tehuti (Ashante Thee Adonis), it worked for my girl Bri (B-FAB), it worked for my man Swerve. All four of us are able to eat off of this.
We went from four people that didn’t have anything going for ‘em in NXT. Like even Swerve was on TV but he wasn’t in major storylines and he wasn’t winning any big matches. He’ll tell you that himself. So like, we went from four people that there wasn’t really anything for us in NXT to five months later, the hottest act in wrestling and now we’re on SmackDown on FOX. I could not be more grateful of the opportunities I’ve been given.”
The first vignette for Hit Row’s SmackDown arrival aired on last night’s (October 8) episode of SmackDown. Swerve is set to defend his North American Championship on next week’s episode of NXT 2.0, which will likely be the group’s last appearance on the brand.
Edge himself is set for a collision course with Seth Rollins at WWE Crown Jewel on October 21, where they will face off inside Hell In A Cell.
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