Justin Gabriel was recently a guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show to discuss his recovery from a base jumping injury as well as his time working in WWE and more.
Gabriel currently works in Lucha Underground as PJ Black. He started out in Florida Championship Wrestling in 208 and debuted on the main roster as part of The Nexus in 2010. The faction made an immediate impact by attacking John Cena, CM Punk and other WWE personnel. The group also turned its attention to Vince McMahon, in which Gabriel had to deliver his patented 450 splash to the chairman. Gabriel admits that he was somewhat nervous to do the move on McMahon, who was 64 years old at the time.
“[I was] a little bit nervous. I’ve done it a million times. It was one of the first moves I learned, [and] I’ve been doing it for so long that I don’t even think about it. That day, standing up there, I kind of thought about it a little bit,” Gabriel said. “People don’t understand how big Vince is, he’s very wide. That age, you can tell he’s a bodybuilder and he’s worked out his whole life. I never really messed that move up except for once in my life.”
Gabriel said that he executed the splash perfectly, but he ended up taking most of the damage. He said McMahon didn’t suffer any damage because of how much he’s in shape and he even thanked him in the locker room.
“This day, I didn’t mess it up, but I got winded so bad because he’s so thick, I didn’t realize,” Gabriel said. “And he was fine. He thanked me afterwards, and he was like, ‘That was great.'”
Black also talked about the Corre being a “knock-off group,” information on the new season of Lucha Underground, the Nexus losing to Team WWE at SummerSlam, and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
Source: Pancakes and Powerslams Show