MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY
Communication Arts (Journalism)
MINOR FIELD OF STUDY
World Wrestling Entertainment
Pro-Wrestler Sports Entertainer
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH
After graduating from Salisbury University, I immediately found work as a Hooter's manager in my native Hackensack, NJ. After a year in the restaurant business with Hooter's, I quit my job in the pursuit of my dream to become a pro wrestler on the grandest stage: World Wrestling Entertainment - the WWE. With little direction and a pipe dream, I began boxing, studying Jiujitsu, and lifting weights. After a year of intense training, I compiled video footage of my work-outs, recorded a rap song, and created a video that I then posted on YouTube. At the end of the video, I "cut a promo" on the Hudson River making light of the reputation obtained by people from New Jersey by television shows like Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, and Jerseliscious. Sometime after posting the video, I received a phone call from an executive at WWE headquarters in Stanford CT, asking if I would be interested in a try-out with WWE at the then WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa Bay, FL. In October of 2011, I had the opportunity to get in the squared circle for the first time in a week-long try-out. I was signed to a WWE developmental contract in June 2012 and have since debuted on WWE international television and the WWE Network in WWE NXT as the character Enzo Amore, a brash trash talker from New Jersey with an infinity for leopard print. I have done segments and had matches with the likes of John Cena, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Brodus Clay, and Sweet-T. I currently train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. I am trained in the art of pro-wrestling by the likes of Bill DeMott, Dusty Rhodes, Joey Mercury, Billy Gunn, Terry Taylor, Norman Smiley, Nick Dinsmore, Dean Milenko, and Perri Saturn.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
As a WWE Superstar, my athletic background and achievements at Salisbury University as a football player were crucial in the pursuit of my dream. The mental and physical toughness, resilience, and ability to overcome adversity on the football field helped better prepare me for what I do today. There is no question as a football player there is a very high-risk of injury, and the same holds true in the confines of a WWE wrestling ring. My junior year at Salisbury University, I was a starter at linebacker in a week two at-home against Geneva College. With two minutes left in the game, I ran down the field on kick-off as a "wedge breaker" after being relieved of my duties on defense, as we had an immense lead in the game. I suffered a devastating injury that left me temporarily paralyzed in the upper extremities of the right side of my body. With out the use of my right arm, the doctors could not guarantee initially whether my arm or shoulder would ever regain feeling. After six weeks of intense physical therapy with SU Athletic Trainer Pat Lamboni, I defied the odds & doctors' orders as I stepped back on the field against rival Wesley College. This was the most important lesson I learned, as it pertains to my current career as a WWE Superstar. Overcoming injury, defying the odds, and displaying mental toughness have helped me battle back from a devastating injury I suffered in the ring at WWE NXT. On October 14, 2013, I suffered a broken leg that required the insertion of eight screws and a plate in my right leg. Since then, I have undergone intense physical therapy at WWE Performance Center and look forward to a full and healthy recovery as I near closer and closer to returning to the squared circle and the WWE NXT Spotlight.
WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
I wrote for The Flyer, in areas of politics, theatre, and news. interned for the SU Varsity Club and was responsible for the monthly e-newsletter. I volunteered frequently in the local community through the Salisbury football team, reading to children at local elementary schools, and I played for the Salisbury Sea Gulls football team. I was a coach at Salisbury University "Edge" Football Camp under Coach Sherman Wood, and I worked with Wicomico High School for the summers of 2008 and 2009.
BEST COLLEGE MEMORY
My best memory is a victory over Delaware Valley College in football my sophmore year, 2007, at home.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I was impressed by their facilities, the growing campus, location (nearby Ocean City), its communication arts program, its winning tradition on the football field, and the Commons food.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Really Great Memories
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
My memories of the time spent in Ocean City MD, while attending Salisbury University with the people I met at SU will forever make OC a special place for me.
Debuting on WWE Television.
WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am an avid writer.