INTERVIEW: CJ Parker (NJPW’s Juice Robinson) on Leaving WWE NXT

We chat with one of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s rising stars — Juice Robinson — formerly WWE NXT’s CJ Parker!

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This interview originally aired April 8, 2015 on TSC News following Joe Robinson’s departure from WWE NXT and prior to signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

The Sports Courier’s Fred Richani chats with CJ Parker (Juice Robinson of NJPW) about leaving WWE NXT, working for Paul “Triple H” Levesque, his early pro wrestling inspirations, training under the controversial former development head trainer Bill DeMott, Netflix recommendations, dream opponents, the indie scene, and much more!

WWE NXT star CJ Parker (NJPW’s Juice Robinson) on leaving WWE, Wrestling Career

Juice Robinson Interview Time Codes:

02:55 Why leave WWE NXT?
04:13 Going from Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) to NXT, Indies
05:22 Passion for professional wrestling
07:17 Early wrestling influences
08:13 What was the CJ Parker gimmick?
12:42 FCW vs. WWE NXT
15:20 WWE NXT becoming a third brand
18:00 WWE NXT’s family atmosphere
19:00 Last days in WWE
21:23 Working for Triple H
24:15 Training under Bill DeMott
25:15 Underrated WWE NXT coaches, trainers
27:11 Training under Billy Gunn
28:05 Success of WWE NXT women’s roster
28:59 Friendship with Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen)
31:05 Dream opponent
32:33 WWE keeping an eye on indies more than ever
34:10 Finn Balor (Fergal “Prince” Devitt)
35:30 Funniest guys in WWE NXT
37:20 Scott Dawson
38:23 Enzo Amore
40:00 Maintaining the dreadlocks

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