Bronson Reed is the current NXT North American Champion, and he recently spoke about being inspired by Lady Gaga. Bronson Reed has a very unique claw gesture. He stated on WWE After the Bell that he got the claw gesture from Lady Gaga.
“In the independents, I was like I need something that I do when I get to the ring, some sort of symbol,” Reed said. “What it was, I didn’t know and then I was watching a live performance of Lady Gaga.
At the time, I used to go by the King of Monsters on the independents and she was singing along and all of a sudden she throws up this claw to all the people watching and I see a whole crowd of people throw up their hand [in a claw].
“I was like what’s that, and she goes ‘All my little monsters out there, I want you to throw up a claw.’ That’s what she called her fans and I go, I’m stealing that. Ever since, maybe for the past eight years, I’ve done the claw symbol for people and everywhere I’ve gone it sort of took a little while to catch on but now in NXT you’ll see everyone in the crowd throwing it up”.
Bronson Reed on Getting His Claw Gesture from Lady Gaga
Reed is actually an Australian. He spoke about his wrestling background and how he grew up as a wrestling fan looking to become a professional wrestler. Bronson Reed said, “When I started wrestling in 2007 in Australia, it wasn’t really attainable to get to WWE,” Reed said.
“It didn’t seem like that because growing up there nobody on television for me to be like that’s the Australian guy, that’s the guy that’s doing it. When I started in the business as well, it didn’t seem like they were signing people from Australia at all, so I was just always intent on being the best professional wrestler I could be and trying to just travel as much around Australia.
Then about four and a half years after wrestling in Australia, I had some friends that were actually wrestling in Japan and they were looking for more talent, they told me to send my stuff to Japan and I did, and I ended up getting a contract there and ended up wrestling and living there for about a year. That changed the way that I see wrestling and changed the way that I do what I do in the ring as well.