Jaxson Ryker says he and Elias share the same beliefs. Ryker was taken off television last year due to a controversial tweet supporting Donald Trump.
Together with Wesley Blake and Jason Cutler, Jaxson Ryker was part of the The Forgotten Sons. The Group never won the NXT Tag Team Champions but they remained popular among fans and got called up to the main roster and were drafted to SmackDown.
The group did not last too long after that. Ryker’s tweet supporting the then President of United States in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement and the George Floyd protests led to the WWE taking them off TV due to backlash from fans and even fellow WWE Superstars. Blake and Cutler were paired with Baron Corbin while Ryker teamed up with Elias.
I’m thankful you posted this because I’m now aware of what you stand for. When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt. https://t.co/O4xm5L3Rpl
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 2, 2020
The freedom you speak of entitles you to speak your mind all you want. I’m not here to argue that. I just really need to tell you that I think you pushing your shitty wrestling catchphrase as all of this is happening is absolutely fucking pathetic.
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— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) June 2, 2020
Jaxson Ryker says he and Elias share the same beliefs
Speaking with Wrestling Inc.‘s Drew Rice, Ryker claimed that he and Elias had a lot in common. He also added that the two played off each other well during their backstage segments.
“[Elias] has been great, he is awesome. He is a good person, first of all, [and ]he’s worked hard and came from the indies, and stuff like that. So, we have a lot in common, our beliefs, our work ethic, whether it be dieting or faith, that we always talk about. I think we have a good dynamic because there are moments where he is comedic, and I’ll play off of that a little bit. We have had some fun with some backstage stuff, with kind of just our facial [expressions] and bouncing off each other. And I think that it is something that can evolve.”
Ryker also spoke about his religious beliefs and how important they were to him.
“I’ve never been asked to do anything that would jeopardize my beliefs, or anything. I’ve heard some stories of wrestlers that were asked to make out with a certain female on a show or something like that years ago. And they would say, ‘No,’ because they were married. I’ve never been put in a predicament where I’ve had to say, ‘I can’t really do that,’ because of my beliefs or what-not.”
“As far as your social media page, you’re not told, ‘Don’t tweet about Jesus,’ because you don’t want to upset anybody. It’s your faith, and you can tweet what you want. You just have to be respectful of other people’s beliefs as well. Which I do, and I am. It’s good for the industry now. It’s different times. And I think social media has opened a lot of doors for that.”
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