Bobby Fish has recalled backstage talks ahead of Roderick Strong joining the Undisputed Era WWE faction in 2018.
At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Strong turned on Pete Dunne to officially side with Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, who was out of action with ACL and MCL injuries at the time.
Speaking on MCW Backstage Pass, Fish recalled WWE picking Strong for the faction after Fish suffered his injury, so that plans for the faction could still go ahead while he was on the shelf.
“I tore my ACL, I don’t remember when exactly chronologically, but when that happened, the discussion was, ‘Okay, well we might add somebody so that you guys can just keep rolling,’ and then I would do my rehab and everything.
“I’d still be in the picture, but they could have somebody to go out there and perform. We had joked like, ‘Well, yeah, the only person that could be is Roddy.’
“We didn’t know that’s what they would do because he was one of our opponents in the first WarGames.”
Roderick Strong is still with WWE on the NXT brand.
Cole, Fish and O’Reilly were briefly reunited in AEW in late 2021, before Fish left the promotion on August 31, 2022 after his contract expired.
Fish is currently preparing to make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of the November 13 Floyd Mayweather vs Deji event.
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