Jordan Devlin has admitted that he would be ready to put the NXT Cruiserweight Championship on the line against WWE legend Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 36.
The 29-year-old NXT UK star opened up about the impact that Mysterio had on him growing up and how he continues to impress in the ring even now at the age of 45.
"I've been watching him since I was a really young man and I've seen him in WCW, I watched his stuff in ECW on tape and then when he came to the WWE he lit the whole world on fire again," Devlin told SPORTbible in an exclusive interview.
"He's just been going for, like, 20-25 years at the highest possible level and he just has this ability to reinvent himself.
"And some of the matches he had this year with Andrade, it's just like you're watching an 18-year-old man fly around the ring and some of the stuff he's able to pull off is incredible.
"So, he's an inspiration to me and an inspiration for most other young wrestlers who see themselves wrestling into their late 30s and 40s."
When SPORTbible asked Devlin about the wrestler he would want to defend his title against at WrestleMania 36, he responded: "Well, as I said before if we're going WrestleMania, we're going that big, [...] I think it's gonna have to be the innovate, cruiserweight style [of] Rey Mysterio."
Devlin, who won the Cruiserweight Championship at Worlds Collide in January, hasn't ruled out the opportunity to defend the title at WrestleMania next month.
Cruiserweight Title matches have featured on past cards at the Showcase of the Immortals, though they have been relegated to the pre-show rather than the main show.
Devlin hopes that he can shatter the unfortunate pre-show streak that the championship has had in recent years, but he is ready to fight the uphill battle necessary to make it happen.
When asked about defending the title on the main WrestleMania card, the 'Irish Ace' responded: "I can only hope so.
"All I can do on my end is keep on knocking out of the park with these matches and then it's up to people higher up than me where I sit on the card.
"So my task for the next few months, as long as I hold this title, is to elevate the brand and elevate the title as high as I can and make the matches as must-see as possible."
The cruiserweight champ also told SPORTbible that he would love to tag team with UFC superstar Conor McGregor at NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin.
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