During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE star EC3 revealed that there were plans to have him debut a cult leader gimmick during his time with NXT after leaving IMPACT Wrestling:
“So, coming from Impact, going back to NXT, I had a brand and identity. It was a little different. I don’t know if I would call the character a reboot because, obviously, some of the intangibles with the character will have to change being in the WWE Universe. But also, at the same time, it’s known. It’s popular. It’s a brand new identity, and I could expand on it within the realm. So, it would be cool.
“Then again, I’m rehashing the best of it, and it never felt right and comfortable. I had this idea that I wanted to do – this new hectic, psycho boy. Sort of cult kind of leader, talking about evidence of truth, purpose, and finding yourself within the realms of combat and fighting. So, I pitched that. Instead of going with that, I wound up getting called up. Now, we’re rebooting a reboot that nobody has a vested interest in, and the rest is mediocre history.”
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote.