Ricochet has wowed WWE audiences around the world as the company’s resident superhero showing off incredible feats of athleticism – just don’t ask him to act.
The former NXT North American and United States champion is a human firework display with death defying moves and innovative offense, but he’s trying to work hard and honing his skills on the microphone.
Asked about the possibility of being an actor when his in-ring days are over, he told Metro.co.uk: ‘Oh yeah, if I was not absolutely horrible at acting I’d love that! If I wasn’t absolutely garbage at it, then of course! I’m trying to get better, but I just suck I guess.
‘Absolutely that’s something I’d love to do. Even when I was younger I always wanted to be a stunt man. So, if I could actually be an actor, that would be great. If I could even just do a little something in a WWE movie, that’d be great! I just need to not be so bad at acting.’
Jokes aside, the 31-year-old high flyer has quickly become one of the most exciting parts of WWE’s weekly television since his NXT debut in 2018, and his first Raw and SmackDown appearances in February this year.
For Ricochet, this is an opportunity he’s dreamed off as a lifelong fan of the business, and he’s not about to let it go to waste.
‘Dude, it’s been amazing. Luckily I have people on my side, but I feel like to be put in this position and have some of the responsibilities they’ve given me – each and every time I’ve tried not to let them go to waste,’ he said.
‘I’ve gone out there to make everyone happy and do my best to entertain not only [the bosses], but the WWE Universe and everything. It’s cool to be in those positions – which I don’t take for granted at all. It’s cool to have that exposure and be on Raw. I remember watching Raw when I was a kid. Being part of that is amazing!’
Speaking to Ricochet, it’s immediately obvious that this is a man who lives and breathes professional wrestling, and who really is having to pinch himself every day. And despite being a huge part of WWE’s present and future, it’s nice to see that the spark and excitement of being a fan isn’t going away.
‘Obviously, I try to be as professional as possible – but I’m the person that when I watch matches, I still jump up and scream,’ he beamed. ‘I don’t care, I know I’m supposed to be professional and cool, but I absolutely love it.’
Ricochet is part of arguably one of WWE’s most stacked rosters ever in terms of in-ring talent, and he revealed the whole group – across all three brands – are motivated to put on the best show possible for the fans.
He added: ‘I feel like everyone’s on the same page – everyone wants to go out and crush it and put on the best matches they can from top to bottom. It’s a cool feeling.’
And for Ricochet, the sky is the limit – and he’s still got plenty of career goals as he tries to just take each step of this ‘crazy’ journey in his stride.
‘I always want to keep going. Obviously, there’s so many different championships – I wanna form a tag team and win the tag team championships! I wanna win the Intercontinental, Universal – I have all these goals,’ he smiled.
‘I just know it’s a process. It’s not gonna happen, bam, at once. For some people it does, but sometimes you’ve gotta take it as it comes. “I do have those goals still, and I’m gonna try and reach them, but I’m enjoying this along the way. This is just crazy.’
*Friday Night SmackDown airs every week at 1am on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event. WWE is currently touring the UK, with a huge double TV taping featuring both Raw and SmackDown superstars in Manchester today (November 8).