Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos has opened up about working with AEW, comparing his recent run to his MMA career.
Speaking with The MMA Hour, Dos Santos recalled feeling a lot of pressure from the MMA world while he was competing. Noting that he feels appreciated in AEW, Dos Santos said:
“I like playing the bad guy in pro wrestling because it brings me a kind of comfort. I was feeling so excited for this debut. In the MMA world I was feeling a lot of pressure with people demanding things all the time and not caring about you and now I was there (in AEW) and I was being appreciated to be there so I felt amazing and I said man this is an amazing feeling, this is something that I felt at the beginning of my (MMA) career and the middle of my career when I became champion and it’s great to be feeling it again.”
Dos Santos made his AEW in ring debut last week on Rampage, teaming with Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky to do battle with Chris Jericho, Jake Hager and Sammy Guevara. During the bout, Dos Santos was slammed through a ringside table by Hager.
When asked how it felt to be put through a table, Dos Santos said:
“Wow, that was a pretty hard one actually, but it was a great experience. Hager is also a great guy, a great wrestler, a great fighter, and is very well prepared for that. We did what we were supposed to do, and now I’m looking forward to having my turn to throw him on that table.”
Dos Santos recently confirmed that he does plan to continue wrestling for AEW following his debut.
Transcription via WrestlingNews.co.
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