Buddy Murphy has been trying to make a name for himself in WWE over the last few years, and recently he’s been working with some of the top stars in the company such as Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio.
But at one point Murphy was just trying to earn himself a WWE contract, and he talked a little bit about his WWE tryout during a recent episode of After The Bell with Corey Graves.
The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion explained that at his particular tryout he was the only wrestler who received a contract, and immediately after the announcement was made everyone else at the tryout turned on him.
After he got signed he had to pick a name, and he revealed that originally he wanted to be Jag Cooper, but he quickly realized the name didn’t sound right with his accent.
“And then when they pulled me into the office, they said, ‘These are your names,’ and I look at the names. And I’m like, ‘Okay, well, there’s one clear winner here.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, there is,’ and I was talking to Bill. I said it’s this one, and it was ‘Jag Cooper.’ I was like, that’s kind of cool, Jag, and then he’s like, ‘Yep, that’s it.’ So then Bill would pull in Norman and goes ‘introduce yourself.’ I go, ‘Hey, I’m Jag Cooper,’ and Norman goes, ‘Jack?’ No Jag. Because of my accent, ‘no, redo it,’ and then I go, ‘Gooday, My name’s Jag Cooper’ (Murphy puts more emphasis on the G).”
“It sounds weird, but then Bill would start pulling in all the coaches, and I would have to introduce myself as all these names. And then it came down to ‘Gooday, I’m Buddy Murphy,’ and then it basically came down to an autograph. Jag Cooper and Buddy Murphy and my real name is Matt, so I have a nice M and B’s easy to do in autograph form, but to do J-A-G in capitals, that’s tough.”
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