By all accounts one might look at the young life of Jayson Paul and say he has accomplished what many, both young and old, could only dream of. As a child growing up in Brooklyn, Jayson was a dreamer. His dreams weren’t unlike many of the other young boys at his age, in his neighborhood- To one day wrestle professionally with the then “World Wrestling Federation”, to see himself on television, and to hear his name chanted by adoring fans at his beloved Madison Square Garden. For an African –American teenager being raised by a single mother in Flatbush, the odds can seem even more insurmountable. First of all how does one even begin to find their way onto the WWE roster? The road is not as clearly mapped out as it is for those that hope to make it to the NBA.
While most of his counterparts were worrying about the SAT’s and college applications, Jayson began planning. Having performed in various plays and productions at John Dewey Performing Arts High School Jayson’s goal became even more apparent to him. “While Jayson valued education and thought about going to college, Jayson was a child that knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. Jayson’s experiences on stage, in acting class, and from watching the WWE on television confirmed in him what he wanted to do with his life. Jayson couldn’t see how college could help him achieve his particular goals.
So at 17, after graduation Jayson set out on his path of making his dreams his reality. With laser like focus and unyielding determination Jayson left New York to pursue his dream at various wrestling schools across the country. It was in Louisville, Kentucky that his dreams began to take shape. At Ohio Valley Wrestling School, after three and a half years of struggle and hardship Jayson signed his wrestling contract as a part of the tag team Cryme Tyme. At the tender age of 21 Jayson A Paul became “JTG”, the youngest African- American to ever be signed and on the main roster on the WWE.