A WWE star states that their end goal is to host “The Tonight Show”.
From The Rock to John Cena, life after a WWE career can be sometimes more lucrative than a star’s run in World Wrestling Entertainment.
In 2020, former NFL player AJ “Top Dolla” Francis signed with WWE before later debuting on the NXT brand as part of Hit Row in 2021.
The faction including Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and B-Fab were a success on NXT before being called up to SmackDown in October 2021. However, their run was short lived as WWE released the stablemates a month later.
Upon the start of the Triple H regime of WWE, the company re-signed Dolla, B-Fab and Adonis with the trio returning on the August 12 edition of SmackDown.
Speaking with Ryan Satin on Out of Character, Top Dolla discussed his career and stated that his “ultimate goal” is to host “The Tonight Show”.
“I have one goal left. It’s to host ‘The Tonight Show’. That’s my end goal at the end of all of this, 20 years from now.”
“That’s what I want to do. I started, when I was in high school, doing videos, trying to make myself better on camera, being able to perform on camera, understanding how you should present yourself when presenting a scene as opposed to when you’re doing an interview, as opposed to when you are doing wrestling and it’s action, and you have to work different cameras at the same time.”
“I’ve been teaching myself that since I was 14 years old. Now I’m 32, and it’s all coming to fruition.”
Besides being an in-ring performer, Top Dolla is also the host of “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” on A&E.
Looking back on his time on the show, Dolla said:
“When I got that gig hosting on A&E for ‘WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures’, WWE didn’t pitch me to get that gig. They had no real reason for them to want me to be that role because I hadn’t been on TV yet and hadn’t done anything yet.
“They wanted somebody that had already been on TV. But the network and the production company were like nah, we see what he’s done on ESPN and NFL Network and FOX and NBC Sports and ABC and all these other things that I did when I was in the NFL and when I was in college.
“They were like, nah, we want him. Anybody who watches that show knows that it was a great idea for it to be me because I did a really good job in that show, and the show itself was really good.”
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