Buddy Murphy Admits He Rubbed People The Wrong Way, Talks Facing Roman Reigns


Buddy Murphy recently spoke with the State of Combat podcast from CBS Sports where he discussed his recent match with Roman Reigns and more. Below are some highlights of the interview with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.

On facing Roman Reigns:

“Just being in there with Roman, it’s crazy. He’s the Hulk Hogan and John Cena of today, he’s the [Steve] Austin and The Rock,” Murphy said. “To just stand in the ring with him, when his music went off, it gave me goosebumps. I got a little bit nervous but then I just said, ‘I belong here. This is all happening for a reason.’ For him to want to step into the ring with me is awesome, and it’s an honor. It felt like magic happening. And Bryan truly loves wrestling. To do what he did for me and has done for others, it just tells you what kind of person he is in real life, and I can’t thank him enough.”

On pushing for a spot on the 205 Live roster:

“They kind of like laughed in my face like, ‘No, don’t worry about it. That’s not happening.’ I asked so many times that I decided to just get in a little bit of trouble because I kept asking the same question over and over again and the answer was already, No,'” Murphy revealed.

On rubbing people the wrong way at times:

“I rubbed people the wrong way because they wanted it a set way, but I felt like I had to do what I loved and I wanted to bring back what I loved,” Murphy said. “That was the starting point for what you see today. The love for wrestling is back in me, and I think you can see that by the quality that I want to produce. I want to be the best I can be and be known as one of the best in the world and for people to realize that I was always this from the beginning.”