At the end of Impact Slammiversary earlier this month, a vignette played confirming the return of TNA World Heavyweight Champion and recently released WWE star, EC3.
In both the days before and after his Slammiversary appearance, EC3 has appeared in shoot interviews speaking about his time with WWE, his plans for the future, and much more.
While speaking on the Busted Open podcast, EC3 opened up about what went wrong with working for WWE. He told Bully Ray about the lack of trust from leadership while he was working for the company:
“Yeah like with anything, it starts at the top, and I think the very very top is micromanaging [at an] extremely dangerous level where there is no trust in the Lieutenants, majors, and generals to do anything, everything goes through the top and what the top’s inundated with. So much business gets lost, I believe you had EY (Eric Young) on here and you mentioned there’s a broken system. It seems like it.
“I’m not following the product, but they have the most talented roster in the world, and the product becomes unwatchable and insufferable sometimes. As a leader, instead of passing blame to people and firing them, sometimes it comes down on me and so leadership starts at the top.”
EC3 then have his opinions on why his WWE career didn’t go so well, following a great debut match in NXT that was rated five stars by Dave Meltzer:
“I started with a great match to kick it off. I think the problem was, I created such a self-made brand and individuality and persona that when they threw me out there, I was already very popular and ‘over’ that they realized we don’t have to worry about this kid and nobody took it upon themselves to manufacture what I was to them.
“When it becomes nobody’s project, you can just fall into the complacency of being a popular act or semi-over. So I think that’s part of it. Plus, NXT is mostly a stomping ground cause we think my skills would be for main roster kind of talent.”
During the interview, EC3 also spoke about his main roster call-up being rushed. For those that don’t know, EC3 was actually brought up from NXT while he was out with a concussion:
“When I did get called up, it was a rush call up. My mistake was trusting the process and believing there’s a reason for it as opposed to it was a rash decision because they were feeling heat for some reason. My mistake was thinking that it was for a reason. I take full accountability for that. Plus they called me up and I was out with an injury. I was rushed back from injury. I was not in a good place physically and mentally.
“Whatever. It did not work and that’s fine because it not working has made me create something I’m finally happy and proud of and hopefully can take not only to Impact Wrestling but to the narrative of the wrestling world in various different locations. I think various different locations are ripe to take over this scene I think coming.”
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Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.