Swarve Strickland details her perseverance amid disappointment during her time in WWE



Swarve Strickland may be AEW Tag Team Champions now but this time last year he was still in WWE and looking back on that time.

While he was to be promoted from NXT to the main roster in October, he was eventually released along with the other members of Hit Row in November 2021.

Appearing on an episode of Renee Paquette’s podcast, sessionSverve elaborated on his persistence in the face of desperation in WWE.

Describing his persistence in the face of adversity, Strickland described his time with WWE:

“For that first year, I felt like I was on a good hand and that’s what created that resentment. It’s starting to cause a little bit because I kept Leo Rush, I’ve got Cameron I’ve got Grimes, I’ve got Santos Escobars, I’ve got Bronson Reeds, Austin Theory. I kept putting in all these guys.”

“I had a few conversations with Triple H. I’m like, ‘When will I be your guy? What will it take for me to be your guy?’ I had three, three specific conversations with him, I’ll never forget him, which I always pushed the envelope for. I even messaged him one day, I was like, ‘Can I talk to you?’ He said, ‘Is there anything you can talk to Matt Bloom about?’ I was like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘Okay, okay.'”

“I would stare at holes in him all day during production, I wanted him to feel the warmth I was seeing on him. Finally, when we chatted, I was like, ‘Why are you hesitant to put the ball in my hands?’ He gave me answers that sounded like they were asking this person for answers over and over again, this person was asking him, and before.

“I knew that to keep tapping that egg, it wouldn’t work.”

Sverve described working with Shawn Michaels, during which he felt he was getting some feedback and when his presentation began to change.

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While Hit Roe was eventually called up to the main roster, he was then released but Sverve shared a valuable lesson about resilience.

Describing the other side of what felt like a defeat, Sverve talked about moving to All Elite Wrestling.

Strickland spoke about the value of experience in WWE while positively framing his achievements in AEW:

“So like immediately, I was exactly the same, [my] The first three months in AEW made me completely forget about my last three years in WWE. I put all that focus and energy and all that resentment and stuff into making something. Now, it looks like I’m seven months here and I truly believe I’m without a doubt the best acquisition of 2022 in any company.

“Those big disappointments later turned into big successes for me.”

Swarve is currently the AEW World Tag Team Champion and is with another WWE alum, Keith Lee.

Their tag team, Swarve in Our Glory, will face The Acclaimed on September 20, 2022, at the Grand Slam edition of AEW Dynamite.

Forever in mogul mode, Sw3rve the Realest also has a new single, ‘Lifeline’, which you can watch by clicking here.

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