Elias on why Zeke was a thing:. >Yeah, that was a complete Vince McMahon idea.

Elias on why Zeke was a thing:

>“Yeah, that was a complete Vince McMahon idea. What had happened was, there was a period of time here where ‘The Boss’ really got into Elias and he said, ‘I want to make you the next guy.’ So he took the guitar away for a little while, and we said alright, we’re coming back, we’re gonna get a new look, new gear. As I did that, he was like, ‘Hey, let’s just go the whole way with it. Let’s clean up the hair, let’s shave the beard. We’ll give a whole new presentation.’ When I did that, it was like, oh, this is a whole different person. So you’re gonna be a different lesson. It’s like, ‘Okay, gotcha boss. What are you thinking.’ ‘Your own younger brother.’

>You can imagine how I’m taking this as I’m hearing it. So it was his idea, he was very excited about it. When ‘The Boss’ is excited, you’re gonna be excited, you’re gonna be excited because it seems like some fun things could go down. My whole thing with wrestling and WWE is like, I’m always going to make the best of whatever situation I’m put in and hope the opportunities come and flow from that. So once ‘The Boss’ says okay, we’re gonna be Zeke, you’re gonna be that, you got it, boss. Now as soon as I get out there and show you what I can do with this, I want more opportunities to come. But that’s just kind of the attitude I took. Whatever you throw at me, I’m gonna try and make the best of it.”

Following Vince McMahon’s retirement in 2022 the Ezekiel character was written off TV, and eventually Elias was released from the company in September of 2023

https://stillrealtous.com/elias-explains-why-vince-mcmahon-created-the-ezekiel-character/

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zeke got over with me, but if they were going to bring back Elias then why didn't they do anything with him

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Zeke worked because everyone involved really sold it. Owens losing his mind because he couldn't prove what was obvious while everyone else, even other heels, just acted like Zeke was Zeke and then Elias completely changed up his in-ring style to work the fiery newcomer babyface angle.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They should have advertised a special attraction tag match some time, Ezekiel/Elias Vs Hulk Hogan/Mr America, special referee Cactus Jack with Dude Love and Mankind on guest commentary. Just to see Owens sell the reaction.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        he straight up wrestled like Macho Man at times, I honestly thought that was based. Zeke was a goofy gimmick but he showed he can actually do something good and keep with it. They should've done something different before releasing him.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Triple H is a moron

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is he lebanese?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Err no?
      He's a dude..

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zeke was over. There were always guys who said he had a limited shelf life in that gimmick but it was good during its time. Day 1 hhh got the book he had KO relentlessly beat him off the program never to be seen again. To make room for guys like Gargano and Kross who come out to cricket sounds every time.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This was unironically why I stopped watching WWE.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    gotta admit, he's now ruined the little joy I had in kayfabe Zeke posting. RIP my Perfect Friend, for realsies

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >he's now ruined the little joy I had in kayfabe Zeke posting.
      Huh what u mean

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Don't stop zekeposting bro we can channel our collective energy and bring him backu!

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This guy was extremely wasted tee bee haitch. Not only was the Zeke gimmick pure schizokino, it also showed how naturally good JEFFREY SCIULLO was at being the babyface.
    Puzzling to me why they never tried pulling the trigger on him, he was young, still is only 36, he's got a dimes look, afaik never had any backstage issues and he was able to get over to a degree both as Elias and as Ezekiel. In any case, I will always be a ZEKE FREAK

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >afaik never had any backstage issues
      Elias was well liked so much that people didn't even have a problem with him still being cool with Ryker irl

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zeke was based as frick. Paul is a gay for ruining it

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Vince won't rape you

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Paul won't give you a 5 year title reign in NXT

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's where you are wrong. You see I am 5'5"

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    KO made Zeke work. Now on Elias, I'm still surprised he never won a proper mid-card title. There was definitely a time where I was sure he was gonna pick up the IC title

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like every so often there are guys like Carlito, Mr. Kennedy, Damien Sandow, Elias, and it seems like they’ll do something with them, but then they don’t. Weird.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This was actually a good idea by Vince. You could tell it was a Vince project, too. But Zeke was over and I feel like HHH dropped the ball here.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm still seething that Triple Gaitch butt buddy went over in that gauntlet match, he didn't fricking need the IC title and did nothing with it while it would elevate Elias from the undercard to the upper midcarder and maybe even maineventer one day.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zeke angle also rescued Gable/Alpha Academy from creative purgatory by getting Gable over with the SHOOSH bit.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Triple H got rid of Elias and Bugez just so he'd have more room for DIY and Tyler Bate.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Gaytch is just ast bad as Tiny Con

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He got rid of Vince's guys in favor of his own. MMM, Elias, Bugez, Omos and a few others were all Vince guys and all basically got taken off the show once Paul took over.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Triple H's obsession with his clique of dimeless NXT shitters at the expense of everybody else is the worst thing about WWE right now. The fact that DIY is still getting pushed despite nobody fricking liking them is frustrating as hell.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I wonder if he will realize that the late stage black and gold NXT is extremely different to the main roster.
        Hell, it's different to the current NXT where current NXT is more focused on "sports entertainment" like the main roster.
        So most guys coming from black and gold will struggle on the main roster because they got over from the wrestling, not the story stuff.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Late stage black and gold was DIRE. Why would he book the main roster like the show that regularly lost to Dynmaite?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Pretending the crowd hasn't gotten hot for every DIY match is much more embarrassing tbh

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I honestly really liked Elias and his guitar, songs to get heat is always over with me

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Hey pal you're good shit! I want to make you one of the main players around here. Just drop the guitar and some of the goofy shit
    >moron then changes his whole look, gimmick, and presentation which surprises Vince and gives him an even more comedic gimmick
    Why are modern completely incapable of getting a clue

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's hilarious how even after several years and being retired HHH is still insecure when guys have a better body than him, even the jobbers.

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