The Street Profits have been around for a while now, but it’s only recently that fans have been taking notice of them. Their recent title win certainly helped to put them on the map, but it really does feel like this is only the beginning of their rise to prominence in WWE. During a recent interview with WWE.com, the duo discussed everything about their big win as well as what they expect in the future.
WWE.COM: Now that you’ve had time for it all to digest, what does it mean for you to finally call yourselves NXT Tag Team Champions?
MONTEZ FORD: God is good, from the number of moments and journeys we experienced with our families, to separately in our lives and together as a team. So for our families to be there when we won made things come full circle. It’s a moment that lets them know, we may not be around all the time, but we are working for them and the future, and that’s the beauty of it all.
WWE.COM: Now that you are indeed the NXT Tag Team Champions, what’s one aspect of your lives that has changed?
FORD: I’m taking a lot more photos now [laughs]. But people are starting to see us and are more aware of who we are now. We love all aspects of culture and people, so we are just vibing with everyone right now. People’s champions.
WWE.COM: Dawkins, you have the distinction of being the longest-tenured Superstar on the NXT roster. Describe the Dawkins who walked through the doors of WWE’s developmental system seven years ago to the Dawkins of today.
DAWKINS: When I first started, I was really nervous because I had zero experience in the ring, so I had to start everything from scratch. With that being said, my confidence started to grow slowly but surely thanks to people like Aiden English, Rusev, Viktor, Xavier Woods, Tyler Breeze, Scott Dawson, Jason Jordan, Kassius Ohno, Norman Smiley, Robbie Brookside and Sarah Amato helping me out and showing me how to go about being a professional in and out of the ring. Fast-forward and I’m a lot more confident in my abilities now than I was when I first started. I’m a lot looser when I’m out in front of everyone, and you can tell I’m having fun out there. It feels amazing to have championship gold around my waist. Just knowing how long and hard the journey has been to finally achieve my goal of becoming a champion is a blessing.
WWE.COM: How do you feel you will match up when you compare your reign to the legacies of NXT Tag Team Champions before you?
DAWKINS: With great champions that were before us, like The Revival, American Alpha, AOP, #DIY and even Undisputed ERA, Tez’s and my goal is to go down as the best tag team in NXT.
FORD: Being a champion is something to celebrate, but also a responsibility. Give back to the people that helped you become a champion, because everyone that’s ever become a champion had champions around them. If you have been grinding for years and lost touch with some people, showing up as a champion completes the explanation on both ends. My hope is that kids see us and want to work the smartest, no matter the situation, because that’s a championship mentality.