I always kind of wanted to do it, especially in high school, I'd bring it up to my father, I want to try this out. He never really wanted me to do it for several reasons, but mainly, he wanted me to get an education. So he said if you go to college, I'll think about it. So I went and got a two year degree. I basically looked at a piece of paper and said, this looks like the easiest one, so I'll just go for this degree. So I got that and he said, OK, I'll let you know when Brad Rheingans' camp is starting back up. Unfortunately, my dad passed away and I was never able to go to his camp. But a couple years after that, Brad actually called me, approached me asking if I was still interested in being a professional wrestler and I said, yeah, I still have a desire to do this. He said we have a camp starting in about a month, so come on down. So I was like, cool, and I went there. It was about six months off and one training with Brad. Nothing really in the ring, mostly hardcore cardio work outs and chain wrestling and bumping in the ring and hitting the ropes. That was about it; no matches or doing any moves. So that eventually shut down, I wasn't able to go anywhere and didn't have any matches. Then I was actually approached by Harley Race when my daddy was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania . He's a good friend of my grandfather's, so he asked if I was still interested, and I said yes, I'd like to come down to your facility. So in June of '07 I drove down to Eldon, Missouri -- real tiny town -- and started training with Harley. Wrestled there, had my first match in July 2007, and then stayed at Harley's for about a year, then got signed by WWE, which was a blessing in disguise because my wife was about to have our first child. So I got down to Tampa, Fla., in June of '08 and trained there for a few years and got brought up to the WWE as Michael McGillicutty. And now I'm Curtis Axel, thank god.