GCW’s Ninja Mack recently spoke to The Wrestling Inc. Daily about how he got to be part of the Cirque du Soleil. He reflected on originally being rejected in his tryout. However, he went to learn more about dance in order to get hired by them.

“I saw a Cirque du Soleil tryout in Vegas, so I booked my ticket, put in my video that I sent out. You can find that on YouTube on one of my old pages. They didn’t take me either,” he admitted. “They showed up, you pay for the tryout, I did the tryout. I got a phone call, ‘you’re really good, but you don’t know how to dance, you can’t get across the stage. You can do all the badass s--t, but you weren’t very fluent or agile for us. Can you try out again or can you get some experience in that?’

“Go home for the summer and I end up taking some ballet, some tap, some jazz, just to literally pick up some little stuff to learn how to move across the stage. At the end of the summer, I flew myself back, tried out, and got into the Cirque du Soleil program.”

Ninja Mack discussed what it was like to work in the circus. The GCW talent reflected on getting different opportunities, which included being shot out of a cannon 80-feet in the air.

Like the WWE, the Cirque du Soleil, you get in and you can apply for jobs, but they have indie circuses too like Seaworld has jobs, there are so many different circuses. San Diego Productions out in California gave me my first opportunity.

“So, I got into the Cirque du Soliel program, as you meet people I got a six-week job in Mexico, so that was a quick tour. I then did the Michael Jackson workshop in Montreal for Cirque du Soleil. They used me like a guinea pig. I sat in a cannon and they shot my 80 feet in the air on a trapeze. They just said to, ‘hold on, let go, and fall down into a 40-foot net.’ That was a wild six weeks in Montreal.”

Ninja Mack also believes that the world of the circus is similar to that of wrestling. He thinks that the different segments and length of time are something that can be compared.

“If you get into the program like every show has different acts,” he stated. “So if you were to look at every match on a card, you could compare that to an act on a show. So sometimes cards have 8 to 12 acts, some acts are 30 minutes, some are eight minutes, just like matches.”

If you use any quotes from this article, please credit The Wrestling Inc. Daily with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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