Perhaps fans who follow EC3 on Twitter are being introduced to a new character today. Perhaps, he’s turning into the next Jon Moxley or Broken Matt Hardy right before our eyes. Perhaps he’s just sending a message about how he feels about society after being released from his WWE contract.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s intriguing; and arguably already better than anything he’s done as part of WWE.
On Wednesday, EC3 was in the first group of wrestlers named as having been released. Most fans focused on Rusev or Zack Ryder, but there were a huge amount of supporters online suggesting EC3 was never used properly in WWE. About two hours after he was fired, he started releasing cryptic tweets, potentially hinting at his future.
Created by a perfect storm of frustration, angst, restraint, solitude and the sense of losing everything, the character of ec3 forced himself to consider the inconceivable. That he was defeated.
Refusing to accept that as a reality, ec3 has become dedicated to a new cause. Achieving self-actualization. Finding PURPOSE. Destroying a moniker he felt never had an opportunity to live up to its potential, “The Top 1 Percent,”
ec3 embraces suppressed inhibitions. Forgoing a persona that has a penchant for the finer things (attire, appearance, possessions) and a welcoming yet always professional personality is an evolution into an uber-mensch in a leather jacket.
Purified by the pain of regret and driven by a primal purpose, ec3 finds fuel in his repressed masculinity. ec3 becomes the manifestation of a violent nihilism.
With ec3’s evolution comes an all encompassing ideology. ec3 becomes a walking, talking cultural commentator railing against the numbing confines of post-modern existence.
With wit, machismo, and blatant rage ec3 lashes out against all things relevant to the wrestling world. Social Media, advertising, mass consumerism, celebrity, the “smiles on people’s faces” and most glaring, the corporate culture.
In his inability to realize his own goals, aspirations, and what he deems his loss, ec3 seeks enlightenment through comeuppance.
Some in the WWE Universe (the wrestling world) would find empathy for ec3. Knowing how it feels to be “unwanted” or “cast aside” the audience would find ec3’s opposition to the modern product and the corporate culture alluring.
Other’s in the WWE Universe (wrestling world) would find ec3’s behavior hypocritical. The negativity ec3 preaches becomes incessant lecturing, and the means of his behavior destructive, borderline obnoxious, and slightly insane.
Regardless of perception, after a real and tangible story of loss, regret, and sacrifice ec3 embraces and important question “Would you rather be the Universe’s enemy or nothing at all?”
He added the hashtag #Freeec3
What Is EC3 Up To?
I have no idea what he’s doing and where he’s going with this, but I’m interested to see what he’s got lined up. It may not be employment somewhere else right now and it may not be a trip to AEW, but this is certainly the type of thing AEW loves.