During an appearance on “Busted Open Radio”, Christian discussed his early days in the WWE, not being very good and getting honest criticism from Steve Austin. Here’s what he had to say:
For me, early on in my career, I realized right away. I think I was smart enough to realize what I was, and that I was never gonna be the biggest guy, I was never gonna be the strongest guy, I was never gonna be the fastest guy. So instead of focusing and trying to be great at one thing, I wanted to be good at everything. It’s funny, if I look back at tape of myself now when I first started with WWE, I was like ‘Man, how did I get a job?’ You know, I just wasn’t that good, it seemed like I was out there trying to put 10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound bag, just trying to do things. The actual light bulb moment for me was when I went singles, and I was doing a live event somewhere in Nebraska, I think. I can’t remember who I was working with, but I asked Steve Austin to watch my match.
I came back, I sought out Steve, I was like ‘Hey, what did you think?,’ he turns around and looks at me dead in the eyes and says ‘Why don’t you learn how to effin’ sell?’, and I was like wow, like..what?
I had to fix that part of my game, and I realized that to get to a different level, you have to let the audience in, and the best way to do that is to have the ability to sell.
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