Ezekiel Jackson Speaks Out – WWE Release, Vince McMahon, More

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Former WWE performer Ezekiel Jackson recently appeared on the
v2 Wrestling Podcast. Here are the highlights…

On working with William Regal: “[Regal is] a
teacher. He loves this business and wants everyone to understand this business
is special. He was one of the guys I wanted to be like growing up because of his
style. You would watch him on WCW and you would really think he was beating the
crap out of somebody. It was really cool to be in there with a legend of this
business”

On planning out matches: “[I prefer] to see
where a match takes you. Thats the fun part of it. You know if the fans are in
to it, you can give them more. If not, its like, “I guess we’re done”.”

Who he would have liked to have faced: “There’s
a bunch. Again, as a fan, anyone would want to work [with] The Undertaker. He’s
a big athletic guy who can still go, and he proved that at Wrestlemania 30 that
he can still go. Triple H definitely. But my ultimate would have been The Rock.
I was a Rock fan. I think I could have good matches with anybody given the
opportunity. If you have two guys who love the business and love to fight, you
are going to get great matches.”


Wrestling after coming back from an injury: “It
was on my mind, especially when the first thing I had to do was get clotheslined
over the top rope by The Big Show and I had to land on my quad. But my doctor
was phenomenal. He said “What’s in your leg [now] – nothing can break that”.
Once I landed on my leg and I was like “oh, okay, I’m good” and I was ready to
go.”


On Vince McMahon’s quad tear: “His injury was
the same as mine but both quads. He was out for 5 months but the guy [Vince] was
a monster.”

Where he rates the Intercontinental and ECW titles
against each other:
“It’s like having two kids. You can’t say you like
one more than the other. I am a father of two kids and they are special to me in
their own way. I could never compare the two and say one was better than the
other.”

On winning the Intercontinental belt: “I only
found out on the day. That day was special to me as it was fathers day and I was
thinking about my dad [who passed away). It was on the East coast and I saw my
mum the night before. My mum saw me perform in the ring for the first night in
New Jersey the night before. I was wearing the championship on fathers day and
that was really exciting.”


On pitching ideas: “Its always good to pitch
ideas but whatever ideas they [creative] have, they are going to run with
whether you are ready or not. You can submit ideas but you have to wait your
turn and that’s what I was willing to do. “


On feedback from Vince McMahon: “I remember
from my first night on TV with Brian Kendrick his [Vince’s] reaction was that he
liked what I did. The first physical thing I did was with Stevie Richards. I
snatched him up and torture racked him for the first time and Vince said “I like
that. I was ecstatic. This as my second or third week on TV and I was impressing
the boss which is what you are supposed to do – impress the boss. So I was
excited from the get go.”

On being released: “I knew my contract was
coming to an end but I was still hoping that I might get the call [to renew] but
it never happened that way. I got to live my dream for 7 years, so I am not
unhappy with the way things happened.”

On working with other promotions: “I just love
wrestling. I am open to work with any promotion, whether that be WWE, TNA, ROH
or any other promotion.”

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