Jersey Shore Household Trip followers have gotten to know Zack Clayton as greater than arm sweet for fiancée Jenni “JWOWW” Farley. Outdoors the MTV actuality present world, the star has been on the grind giving actuality checks to opponents in All Elite Wrestling.
By no means one to tug the clout card, he as an alternative relied on his personal skills. The performer honed constructed up the resume on the impartial scene and was a dependable expertise each time AEW known as for bookings. He even wrestled when known as upon in the course of the uncertainty of a pandemic. It’s the work within the ring and gymnasium that lastly paid off within the type of an AEW contract. Coming off the announcement a number of weeks in the past, Clayton sat down with TV Insider.
How does it really feel to be formally signed to AEW?
Zack Clayton: Signing a full-time deal is one thing I’m very enthusiastic about. It has been coming I really feel for fairly a while…I’ve had conversations with them for fairly a while. I figured it was coming after I was placed on the highway each week for a couple of month or two straight.
Who was the one to interrupt the information?
Christopher Daniels was the one who supplied me the contract and handed it to me. We spoke internally with a number of different folks. It was nice. Everybody was very comfortable for me. I used to be appreciative of their assist and help. I’ve loads of help there, which is nice.
Talking of help, is there something you probably did to have a good time at house with Jenni and the children? How excited had been they?
We celebrated privately. We had been nonetheless touring on the time for some MTV stuff. We didn’t get to exit. Our celebrations are often at house and hanging out and spending time collectively.
What has the work-life steadiness been like now? How is it adjusting to this new regular?
With Jenni’s schedule, she travels loads as nicely. I believe it was August after I was house perhaps for eight days. That was the primary massive hit of being gone loads. With MTV and different obligations, we’re gone loads. You are taking issues as they’re and waft. That’s how we’ve been doing it. It appears to be understanding fairly nicely.
How receptive was AEW to you persevering with to do Jersey Shore Household Trip?
That’s one thing I spoke to them about throughout negotiations for a contract. They had been very happy to satisfy that request as a result of that was one thing I used to be doing beforehand. They’ve allowed me to try this and different issues I do proper now, which is nice.
Do you discover those that have gotten to know you on Jersey Shore have began watching AEW due to you?
What I’ve observed is lots of Jersey Shore followers weren’t wrestling followers. It grew to become, “Hey, now I do know what AEW is and now I like watching the present since you confirmed it somewhat on MTV.” That was a objective of mine. I actually wish to take AEW and make it mainstream and convey consideration to it in different leisure environments. There’s a small crossing over to wrestling.
We noticed you on Rampage working the mic and face Hook. You’ve been very lively on the AEW Darkish YouTube reveals. How is it getting the prospect to develop your onscreen persona?
It’s crucial to be on digicam as a lot as potential. Whether or not it’s formal TV or YouTube reveals, which for all intention functions get 500,000 views per week. Greater than most cable TV is doing. I’m having consistency now on the highway. I’m actually simply beginning. There are massive moments to come back.
AEW is coming off massive reveals in New Jersey with Rampage and Full Gear. It should have been good having Jenni there.
She is a very massive supporter of mine. It’s actually necessary to me. She got here alongside as a result of she needed to. She needed to see the way it was. She has been to reveals earlier than, however this one she got here backstage and stayed the complete night time. She obtained to see the whole lot from begin to end. It was necessary to me as a result of identical to she brings me into her world, I needed to do the identical. Once I had my match on Friday, she walked out to the gang and watched my match, and frolicked with everyone.
There’s additionally a mutual reference to AEW’s partnership with KultureCity, a nonprofit that goals for sensory inclusiveness.
She has been a board member of KultureCity for 4 years. We’re actually getting KultureCity tied in with AEW. That’s one other function I’m taking up as nicely. I’m actually serving to the tie-in connection and increasing on the connection backstage. It’s an excellent trigger and one thing we care deeply about. It’s one thing we wish to work on in a giant approach.
Is Jenni turning into extra open to managing or being a part of a storyline? Is that one thing we are going to see down the highway someday?
Maybe. Humorous sufficient, 150 folks requested her that very same query over the weekend, which is nice as a result of that tells me it’s one thing folks wish to see. Meaning it’s going to be good if it does occur, which I hope it may beneath the best circumstances. We’ll see. We joke that she is somewhat crowd-shy. There have been some concepts I had in Newark. It didn’t occur this time, however perhaps subsequent time we roll round one other massive present. We’ll see what occurs. I do know we’re going to be on the West Coast for some time. We’ve got a giant begin to the yr, and perhaps subsequent time we come round we are able to make one thing work.
We’ve got seen JWOWW within the ring earlier than showing for TNA Affect Wrestling. She was a pure in entrance of that crowd.
She insists she was tricked into doing that, which I imagine her. It’s humorous as a result of she is basically good at it. She doesn’t suppose she is however she is. I do know it will be nice if it does occur.
What was the story behind your assembly with the household backstage on the Atlantic Metropolis present?
AEW requested if we might be okay assembly this household. The daughter emailed us to shock her mother as a result of she was sick and going into surgical procedure. That’s necessary stuff and relates again to what we do with KultureCity. We introduced them again and made it work. They had been actually comfortable. Their mother was going into surgical procedure the subsequent day or two later. It’s all she needed to do was spend a while backstage with me and some different folks she obtained to satisfy as nicely. It was cool to make that night time particular for them. The remainder of the household didn’t find out about it besides the daughter which made it even higher.
Now beneath the AEW roster, what are your preliminary objectives?
My essential objective now’s to get on TV every week and construct up some massive moments.
AEW Dynamite, Wednesdays, 8/7c, TBS
AEW Rampage, Fridays, 10/9c, TNT
AEW Elevation and Darkish, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7/6c, YouTube