In a recent interview with GOW Media 216, former WWE Superstar JTG opened up about the ‘culture shock’ upon joining WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling, what wrestlers were looking for him for, and more. again. Here are some of the highlights (via Wrestling Inc.):
JTG on ‘culture shock’ when he first came to WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling and which wrestlers took care of him“It was quite difficult, it was definitely walking on eggshells. I don’t think it’s like that right now. When I came to OVW, especially as a brother moving to Louisville, Kentucky, it was a big culture shock…..when I got there I had two people watching over me like I was their little brother. It was Elijah Burke, the pope, the wrestling world knows him as the pope. Then I had Shad (Gaspard), my team partner. Little did we know we were going to be tag team partners. We just started it because we grew up in similar backgrounds, we’re both from Brooklyn, New York. We grew up in the same neighborhood, it was like a coincidence, and then we became close. He taught me how to train, he showed me around Louisville, he gave me his ID so I could get into the club at 19. We got on well. We became great friends, and later we became tag team partners.
In the locker room of OVW and his mom supports him: “The locker room was very different, as you said. It was infested with sharks. In OVW, they had different levels, and when I started I was in an amateur class. Then they had a class intermediate then there was a contract class. A lot of people didn’t pass the amateur class and a lot of people didn’t pass the intermediate class. To get into the contract class to train with contract talents, it’s really had to prove yourself, and then there were also big tuition fees. When I felt I was confident enough to join the contract class, I called my mom, and she was a big fan of wrestling and she supported me until then. I was like, ‘Yo, I have a lot of money and I need a lot more money to go to the next class’, and she told me , ‘I’m going to take some money out of my savings. I believe in you, you can do this. I’m like, ‘I have to take it to the next level. laughing, I need to be seen by WWE” because in the contract class, you train with contract talent and you’re going to be seen by WWE because they “I always keep an eye on their contract talent . So it was a great investment.