As Braun Stowman continues to plough through local enhancement talent, Today’s Powerbomb has been on hand to catch a word with the victims. Having scraped himself up off the canvas, this week’s unfortunate victim Jorel Nelson sat down for an interview with TPB. In spite of the rabbit-in-the-headlights speechlessness we saw during his interview on Monday night,Nelson was full of things to tell us.
Today’s Powerbomb: So, Jorel, you’re the third victim of Braun Strowman. On the plus side, you got yourself featured on Monday Night Raw. How does that feel?
Jorel Nelson: Man, it is hands down the greatest moment of my life as of right now. It was such a surreal experience to be a part of. But it was also an eye-opening experience for me. I’m completely appreciative of the opportunity i was given but it has motivated me that much more. I have a new lift of goals now that I will work hard to accomplish and I’ll see where that takes me.
TPB: Tell us, how did you get yourself selected for the spot? Have you worked with WWE before?
JN: This was my third time now working with the WWE. The first time was an FCW Tryout/Evaluation camp back in September of 2012. That didn’t go as well for me as I went to the camp two months after a major shoulder surgery that I wasn’t healed from at all. First day of the camp, I completely blow my shoulder again which forced me to have to get a second surgery. Second time with WWE was back in April of this year where I played a medic on an episode of Monday Night Raw. They got into contact with me a few times between 2012 and 2016 but each time they did I was recovering from either my second surgery, or just an injury that I had. But I’ve been completely healthy now and haven’t felt better. This time around I’m not to sure how I got selected but I’m a huge believer in faith and I just believe on that particular Monday, it was just my time.
TPB: James Ellsworth told me that he came up with his own verbiage during his interview with Byron Saxton. Was the speechlessness your idea? How heavily produced were you in that interview?
JN: I’m always looking for different ways to differentiate myself from the rest of the pack. When I saw that the first two guys before me cut actual promos I thought the “no talking” bit was a great way to be different. And it came off perfectly. A lot of folks on Twitter were tweeting that it was the best promo I ever cut!
TPB: Guys like you are usually referred to as “local jobbers,” but often have a pretty strong name on the local scene. Does being used for a 30-second squash undermine your confidence, or have you found that the exposure has helped?
JN: Oh the exposure definitely helps for sure! There’s nothing wrong at all with being used as an enhancement talent. Actually, the most surreal part of the entire experience was the fact that after my match “#JorelNelson” was trending for over 20 minutes on Twitter and it reached up to No. 7 at one point. If being on Monday Night Raw in front of over 3 million viewers, with 12-15,000 people in the audience, along with trending at No. 7 worldwide isn’t exposure, then I don’t know what is.
TPB: How did they react to your showing backstage?
JN: Everyone was happy with how I handled myself and told me I did a great job. They were all very happy with it.
TPB: Some of the greatest wrestlers in the world, including Daniel Bryan, Christopher Daniels, even Mick Foley, had their big stage debut as enhancement talent. Are you confident that this will lead to a future spot for you in the WWE? Maybe NXT, perhaps?
JN: You never know what could happen in this business. But the one thing I do know is that this business has my heart. I’ve done nothing but work my ass off for everything I’ve ever accomplished in it. What my appearance on Monday Night Raw did was take my burning desire to succeed and make the flame burn that much hotter. My nose is going back to the grind and the goal will stay the same. Work harder than everyone else. I have a lot of great people and promotions behind me as well that support me and help me. My trainer Buddy Wayne, one of my best friends in this business Aaron Bolo, promotion owners and promoters Jesse Hernandez and Jake Alexander, Dave Marquez and Angelo Trinidad, NW wrestlers Ethan HD, Mike Santiago, Damon James, Kellen Raeth and Randy Hawkins. They’ve all helped me more than they know and it keeps me from slacking. Every lesson and opportunity they’ve given me along with so many others that I didn’t mention, motivate me to work my ass off and succeed at the highest level I can and I can’t thank them enough for it.
TPB: Local guys like yourself are almost always drafted in from the local scene. How were you treated by the “boys in the back”? Do you guys tend to mix and make friends?
JN: I wouldn’t necessarily say those in the back are looking to make friends with the extra talent because they see a new batch every week. However all of the crew in the back are always cordial and accepting. If they’re not busy they’ll chat with you for a bit. But all of them have things to do, or they’re exhausted from their travel situation so I usually smile and nod my head and if someone wants to talk then I’ll be welcoming.
TPB: Making a guy look strong is an art form in itself. You were physically flung out of the ring by your leg after that match. What part did you play in making Braun look strong? Or did he not need help?
JN: Braun needed no help from me whatsoever! That man is as strong as an ox. Actually, probably stronger. When he flung me out of the ring at the end of the match, that was all him. Talk about feeling inferior!
TPB: You sound like you’ve been building quite a body of work. Why don’t you tell us a bit about your history, where you trained, who you’ve faced, and what you’ve accomplished in the indies?
JN: Well I had my very first match in November of 2011. So I’ll be coming up on my five years here pretty soon. I was originally trained by a worker named Aaron Bolo up in Washington state, which is where I’m from originally. Without him and a few others I would’ve never made it in the very beginning, honestly. They helped me so much early on in my wrestling career. After I had my first match I wrestled mainly in the Pacific northwest scene for the first years of my career. My first match was in a promotion called DOA Pro Wrestling. After that I’d wrestle in promotions like Tulalip Championship Wrestling, All Star Wrestling, West Coast Wrestling Connection, and I had a brief stint in Portland Wrestling Uncut that was headed by the late great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and The Grappler.
After a while I felt like I needed more. I didn’t want to become stagnant so I went to one of the most respected guys in our business, Buddy Wayne. He helped retool me and show me the small things that can really help a guy like me. He retrained me pretty much and it helped greatly. The things I’ve done since I went to the Buddy Wayne Academy in Everett, Washington wouldn’t have been possible without him and his family. Since then I moved to the Los Angeles area at the tail end of December 2015 and have been a mainstay in Jesse Hernandez’s Empire Wrestling Federation and David Marquez’s Championship Wrestling from Hollywood ever since.
TPB: And finally, Jorel, any words of advice for the budding wrestlers out there?
JN: For those who want to make it far in this business and do things properly, find a reputable trainer who’s done the things you want to do. There’re a lot of people who have no business training people for this business. Stay away from them!