“I Was so against That” – Former WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley Opens Up about His Bizarre Gimmick

Published 07/07/2021, 2:09 PM EDT


Former WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley had a brief run in the company as a character who had a blue face. Basically, the idea was to have his face coloured with blue paint.

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During his conversation with Chris Vilet, Rawley revealed that he did not like the idea at all. In fact, he even pitched an idea about how his character paints his face, but it did not go how he expected.

“Brother, I was so against that. I really didn’t wanna do that. Truthfully though, the way the sketches came back, they didn’t look half bad and I was like, ‘I hope when I wear this, it looks this cool’ and it couldn’t be furthest from. We had these promos. I pitched this idea of like, you know, everybody looks at themselves in a mirror, everybody hypes themselves up, everyone has that degree of vanity, let me run with it. Let me cut promos, berating someone for any shortcomings and failures and you don’t know who I’m talking to.”

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“You might think it’s Zack [Ryder], you might think it’s whoever I’m in a program with, drop subtle hints, you find out later it’s me and now we can take this whole new attitude and run with it. There’s a couple ways we were gonna go with it and somehow, that morphed into me losing my mind and drawing on my face and I don’t know what it became. We literally did one match with that character.”

Mojo Rawley did one match with that character

WWE did not book him for a long run using that character. He was booked with Apollo Crews, and both of them thought it would go on longer considering the impact they were making.

Unfortunately, the company booked them for a short match, and that’s all Mojo Rawley could do with the character.

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“I thought that there was so much there that we pitched together and against each other, but we put on matches that nobody was really expecting out of us and the fans really gravitated on and it’s hard when you got two guys who have zero TV time, [when] it’s a cold match and you’re going out there following all these rivalries and it was in the reports every night by the producers like, ‘Hey, these two are really, really on to something. Let’s give them a run.’”

“So they booked Apollo for my debut match in this character and we were stoked. ‘Dude, this is it for us. Let’s go out there and kill it, show everybody what we got and this is gonna be our first real opportunity to not do one of these two-minute TV matches where you can’t show anybody anything,’ and then we found out it was a 60 second match that was more or less written out entirely for us. So, two-and-a-half-weeks of killing it turned into that. We were just like [sigh] and that was that. Character over. It’s like, ‘Alright.’”

The company released Mojo Rawley in April 2021.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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