Madman Fulton: ‘It was tough to gain respect after leaving NXT’

Madman Fulton admits "it was tough to gain respect" after leaving NXT but he's back on track with Impact Wrestling.

The 29-year-old was a member of the WWE NXT roster from 2012 to 2017, when he most notably joined the Sanity faction alongside Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Nikki Cross.

But after suffering a torn pectoral muscle, the star then known as Sawyer Fulton was replaced by Killian Dain and not long after was released by WWE in late 2017.

After spending some time working on the independent scene, he was bought in to Impact Wrestling in March 2019 and joined up with fellow Ohio natives, Sami Callihan and the Crist Brothers, to form the Ohio Versus Everything (oVe) stable.

In this exclusive interview with Mirror Sport's Tony Quant, Fulton – real name Jacob Southwick – talked about his amateur wrestling background which saw him share the mat with Brock Lesnar, learning promos from Dusty Rhodes, meeting Callihan for the first time and much more.

Can you talk to us about how you fell in love with wrestling and what performers did you like growing up?

Me and my older brother, who is two years older than me, had to sneak out to dad's barn to watch wrestling. Not to hide it, but because we had a really bad signal where we lived and that TV was the only one that picked up wrestling.

My brother's favourite wrestler was The Undertaker and so naturally as his brother I had to do the complete opposite to him. So I was a big fan of Kane. The more I watched him I got to realise that he is absolutely amazing. He was on top of the card for 25 years and was able to reverse his character from a dentist to a monster and he's now a mayor! The more I watched him the more I look up to him.

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