Mojo Rawley Reveals Pitch For WWE 24/7 Championship Run
Mojo wanted to make the division more like the Hardcore division
When WWE unveiled the 24/7 Title, fans rejoiced, as it was assumed the belt would bring back the nostalgia of the classic 24/7 Hardcore Division of the Attitude Era.
However, it soon became a comedy title and a vehicle for R Truth, but Mojo Rawley wanted to return it to its Hardcore roots.
Speaking with Matt Rewholdt on Straight Shootin’, Mojo said:
"Eventually, we get to the 24/7 stuff. My pitch, that they actually loved at first, was I was tired of the 24/7 being a joke title. R-Truth killed it and it was so funny and entertaining, but you can't have Truth doing the same thing every week with the same antics and the same script and the same 30 guys chasing him for no reason. I was like, 'let's take the fun away and let's make it more like the hardcore title and we'll get serious with it. I'll be the first one to not run away and I'll try and defend it. We can get nasty with it.' The hardcore title is what the fans thought we were bringing back in the first place. I told that to Vince and he loved it. He said, 'We'll start it next week.' I tried to not pitch Vince too much so I wasn't one of those guys always in there complaining and pitching stuff that might not work. This was one that I thought would work and he went for it.
“We started doing that. First person to not run and hide with the title. Cut some promos online that were received well because I knew I wasn't going to get promo time on TV, but I always did well with my internet promos. Literally, I won the title and a week later, after this whole campaign to not need help or run away, they bring in [Riddick Moss] to watch my back. I was like, 'what the hell? This is the opposite of everything we set up and what fans were excited about.' I wasn't mad because I love [Moss]. He works so hard and was finally getting a shot at the main roster. He's a guy that isn't built for NXT. Those athletes that didn't work the Indies, they have a harder time in NXT. They put us together and we were going to make it work.”