Myles Borne opens up about his experience in WWE NXT, communicating in the ring while partially deaf

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It has been a smooth experience for Borne. 

One-third of NXT’s No Quarter Catch Crew stable, Myles Borne, was the focus of an interview conducted by Eric Novak of the All Real Wrestling Podcast

When asked to speak about his experience in WWE, he said it’s been great so far. He was initially concerned because he did not want anyone to find it difficult to work with him because he is partially deaf. Borne was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. One of the side effects is loss of hearing and Borne has been deaf since a young age.

Honestly, it’s (NXT experience) been amazing, you know? This atmosphere is a bunch of amazing athletes and adults and people from all different backgrounds and experiences and it’s been, since day one, it’s been like walking into a family. I was accepted right away. Everyone was aware of it, the coaches were aware of it and they actually took it upon themselves to make sure that I’m not the one that has to go out of my way to keep up. They’re the ones changing their ways to help me and accommodate to what I need and the wrestlers have all been amazing, you know? The talent’s amazing. There’s a lot of communication that goes on in training and in the ring and that was a worry to me. Now I didn’t wanna mess that part up, I didn’t want anybody to find it difficult to work with me because of my hearing and communication barrier and to be honest, it actually was the opposite. They actually appreciated that more and not only did it help me but it helped them too because they understood, okay, I need to slow down and really make sure I communicate this the most effective way possible so that we’re both on the same page and I think across the board, it’s helped everyone, because it made everyone realize that we all hear things differently… It’s really opened up everyone’s eyes. They’ve been absolutely amazing with accommodating to that and making sure I’m on the same page as them and if they have to repeat themselves, they repeat themselves and even in the locker room, the locker room is great. Everyone’s going out of their way to make sure that everybody’s got their needs taken care of. But I’ve been very, you know, accepted and they’ve been very welcoming and it’s just been an overall, probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life experience so far.

Following up on that, he dove into what it’s like for him to be in the ring and communicating while dealing with his hearing impairment. 

So yeah, from the walk out all the way to the ring, before I walk through that curtain, it’s kind of like white noise. I can’t really pick out what’s being said. The crowd will sometimes get a catchphrase and start chanting it. I will never know what they’re chanting, 99 percent of the time. I have to ask somebody, ‘What are they saying?’ I remember my first match ever, it was right when I found out I had a match and I was Myles Borne and I remember asking somebody, ‘What are they saying?’ And he said, ‘They’re chanting Myles.’ I was like, oh wow. That was cool. So it’s just like a white noise going out there. I hear the crowd cheering and roars but I can never pick out what’s actually being said, and then in the ring of course, with all that white noise, you have to listen to the referees, they’re giving you counts, they’re giving you the rules of everything that’s going on… When I go out there, they know, alright, we’re gonna have to speak up a little bit more to this kid, you know? So, they do a really good job of making sure that they make the announcements and I can hear and raise their voices so I can hear them because, it’s even when it’s loud out there, it’s even harder to hear those conversations and dialogue, from my perspective.

No Quarter Catch crew consists of Borne, Damon Kemp and Charlie Dempsey. Drew Gulak was part of the group, but he was removed from television after Ronda Rousey accused him of grabbing the string of her sweatpants during a March 2022 run-in. 

Gulak’s name came up while Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque was taking questions at the Backlash press conference. He stated that Gulak was not released. His contract is not being renewed. 

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit All Real Wrestling Podcast with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.

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