Cpl Stephen Kupryk
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Stephen Kupryk went to boot camp at Parris Island SC and was later stationed on Camp Lejeune as an 0331 Machine Gunner with 2nd Battalion 8 Marines Wpns Co. Steve served two combat tours in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011 and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal after 4 years of honorable service.

When he came home Steve perused the dream of being a Professional Wrestler / Sports Entertainer. He started training in 2012 at the Monster Factory in Paulsboro, NJ. One year later, Gerald Brisco who was a talent scout at the time for WWE, was brought in for a seminar and that’s when Steve got his foot in the door for a tryout. He made the trip to Orlando Florida in August of 2013 for a tryout at the Performance Center and was signed in October 2013. He later began his career on WWE NXT in January of 2014 and has been with the company ever since.
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SFC Joc Nco
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How was your military service beneficial to your career in sports entertainment? How was it a drawback?
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Cpl Stephen Kupryk
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I get asked this question a lot. Two things that have been beneficial are. 1) Being able to adapt on the fly is one of the more crucial tools to have in this business. Things change constantly for tv whether its verbiage for a promo or time cuts / adding of time for a match. 2) Just being able to be patient for things and enjoy the hurry up and wait process.
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SSgt Tanner Iskra
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Love Steve, great guy. Who is one wrestler or tag-team, past or present, that you would love to have a PPV headline match with...and would there be stipulation? (HIAC, Ladder, TLC, etc).
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Cpl Stephen Kupryk
Cpl Stephen Kupryk
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For a tag match it would be myself and Wesley Blake vs Edge & Christian in a TLC match. For a one on one match, I love to challenge John Cena “Actual Marine vs The Marine”
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Well this is a pretty great opportunity! My two questions for you are, even though you perused your dream as a professional wrestler and sports entertainer do you find yourself missing being in the Marine Corps? Also... can y’all plan an event at Fort Campbell!?
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Cpl Stephen Kupryk
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I miss the marine corps all the time. Mainly the comradery in the field and barracks life. Best thing about it though is a wrestling locker room is very similar. We all grind together and just want to put on the best show possible and get home. Just like being deployed in a sense. You want to complete the mission to the best of your ability and get everyone home.
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