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Shane Thorne On Hating NXT’s Breakout Tournament, Being Jealous & His Own Abilities


NXT star Shane Thorne recently took part on an interview with WWE.com, as he continues to try and make a name for himself in WWE. Thorne has made it known that he isn’t too pleased with the NXT Breakout Tournament, and there are also a few other things he wanted to get off his chest.

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WWE.COM: If you were an NXT fan, don’t you think it would be exciting to see so many new faces in a tournament setting?

THORNE: None of them have struck me as anything remarkable, but if I was a fan, sure, maybe. But here’s the big thing: I’m not a fan; I’m a Superstar, so I’m not going to think like that. If I thought like a fan, I would just keep letting people shine in front of me. You know, like for a month or so, ’til I got bored and wanted the next new unimpressive thing.

WWE.COM: You’ve spent four years as a member of the NXT roster and you’ve certainly had your share of breakout moments. How do you respond to those who say that you are jealous of Superstars who are receiving a similar opportunity to what you had?

THORNE: Yeah, I’m jealous, and anyone who’s in a similar position as me would be a dirty liar if they said they weren’t too. And let’s back up a second. This isn’t the same opportunity I had. My first match on NXT TV was against two men who would go on to become champions. It’s not like these Breakout guys who are being thrown softballs with flash-in-the-pan opponents who will never go anywhere.

WWE.COM: Is your anger perhaps rooted in your own career frustration?

THORNE: Anger? Calm your farm, mate. Frustrated? Sure, but angry? Nah. I’m in complete control of my emotions, and yeah, sure, my career hasn’t gone exactly the way I had planned, but that’s not my fault.

WWE.COM: It’s no secret that you consider yourself a world-class talent. Why is that?

THORNE: Because I’ve displayed my talent around the world, duh. Look, it’s not hard to see why. I’m in great shape, heaps athletic and as charismatic as a movie star. I’m the kind of person people want to see. Even if they’re too ignorant to know it.

WWE.COM: If you were NXT management, how would you treat Shane Thorne?

THORNE: With much more respect! I’m talented, entertaining and damn dangerous. I’m a wanted man who should be the one in the spotlight, who should have the cameras on him and who should be getting the opportunities. If anything, these so-called “Breakout Superstars” should be working their tails off for the opportunity to face me!

WWE.COM: Where does Shane Thorne go from here?

THORNE: To the ring.