- Mojo Rawley recently spoke with The Green Bay Press Gazette to promote tonight's WWE SmackDown in Green Bay. The full interview is at this link. It was noted that Mojo was released by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 2009, then signed with the Arizona Cardinals but suffered a bad calf injury and needed 18 months of rehab. Mojo, who had interned at Morgan Stanley since he was in the 7th grade, then accepted a job with Merrill Lynch after earning his MBA. NFL star Rob Gronkowski's father Gordon is friends with WWE's Mike "IRS" Rotunda from their days at Syracuse University and soon recommended Mojo for a look. Mojo worked a tryout before a RAW in Washington, DC and turned down the much higher salary with Merrill Lynch to join WWE. Mojo commented on everything coming full circle:
"It's been a roller-coaster ride and one that I wouldn't trade for the world. It's really cool to see your hard work come to fruition. I wasn't drafted in the NFL coming from a football program. Fast-forward years later, I was drafted onto 'SmackDown.' Everything kind of came full circle."