During an interview with Fightful, former WWE star EC3 spoke to Sean Ross Sapp about getting heat from people within WWE for a segment with Daniel Bryan on the game-show version of NXT.
In a story that has also been shared in Daniel Bryan’s autobiography, EC3 opened up about being called out by the lockerroom for cheating on a task on the original game-show version of NXT with the former WWE Champion:
“Yeah, ‘cause they treat the entire show like a joke, so, why not make a joke of being the joke? I figure it’s better people laugh with you than at you. I don’t like being laughed at, I like being laughed with because I’m entertaining. So, yeah, we figured out a way around their silly game and it made the segment entertaining, made the show better. But, the fact that the control / power mechanism needs to re-establish why they’re in control. ‘Hey, you can be made fun of, but you can’t make fun of us.’ ‘Hey, I’m just trying to stand out, which is what you tell me to do.’ I want to be different, and I would like to entertain the people that paid money to be there as opposed to sitting there being like, ‘Why am I watching this forty-five minute atrocity unfold in front of me? I’m here to see Edge and Randy Orton and John Cena. I’m not here to see this curly haired idiot be put on the spot with dumb things.’
For those that don’t remember, the segment was entitled “How Well Do You Know Your Pro?”, where the rookies on the show were asked to predict the answer that their pro would give to specific questions.
As can be seen in the clip below, Daniel Bryan and EC3 (then Derrick Bateman) clearly rehearsed the answers beforehand, making for a rather entertaining segment in all honestly.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.