Levis Valenzuela Jr., known as No Way Jose in the WWE, was one of the talents who were recently released by the promotion.
Valenzuela originally signed with NXT, where he was relatively well used, but when he was moved to the main roster he mostly wrestled in Main Event or was a jobber. According to Valenzuela, he had a better time in NXT as it was easier to pitch ideas.
According to Valenzuela, he was more comfortable in NXT and had more confidence to pitch ideas. He lost some of that confidence when he was moved to the main roster.
“I was able to talk to the writer or to Triple H, and then you know, when Shawn Michaels came in it was like alright cool. I was able to talk to all these people and try to figure out things that maybe I should show. [They] always, always had great things to say back to me,” he said about his time in NXT.
“But once you moved up, there are so many hoops you have to go through. I mean, there are a lot of writers and a lot of producers. At the end of the day, you have to get it cleared through one man. It was my fault for not creating a relationship that everybody tells you to create with the boss,” said Valenzuela referring to Vince McMahon.
According to Valenzuela, it was Vince McMahon who had told him he would be going to Raw after NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. However, their relationship never really grew beyond that.
He also mentioned being frustrated that when he did manage to pitch ideas to the creative team or to McMahon he got no feedback. He spoke about having an idea of working with another NXT alumni, Elias.
“I kept pitching to try to walk with Elias, like be a groupie, and go out there and try to play the guitar, one week go out with the conga drums, have everybody in the conga line do something different in order to keep interrupting him, piss him off, maybe we can build something there, and then he turns on me,” he said.