One of the most underutilized stars in WWE over the last few years was EC3. The former Impact star returned to WWE as part of NXT in 2018 and less than a year later he was on the main roster. Almost immediately, creative lost interest in him and he was off television.
Now, he has revealed that he believes no amount of input or effort mattered in WWE. He recently spoke with WrestleTalk’s own Louis Dangoor about how he felt leaving WWE this time and he had this to say:
“This time, let’s be real, I realized earlier into especially the run on the main roster that I was not a very happy person. I realize financial means is not the only thing that matters to me. How much it is important for me to be able to express myself and create and do something not my way like I understand there has to be give and take when you work for somebody, you can’t do everything your way. If everyone was doing what they wanted to do it would be a catastrophe. But the fact that no amount of input or effort seemed to be rewarded, it just didn’t really matter.
Honestly, I was going to ask to be released but the pandemic was the only thing that kept me there because I needed money to support my family in case something horrible happened. So they did it for me and that’s fine. I was fine, I was okay. I was actually very relieved. The man who called me seemed to be very upset having to do all that so I was like ‘this is fine. It’s okay. Like it’s going to be okay.’ I don’t have anyone to prove to anyone else or them at all because I don’t live in the past anymore.”
After a couple of weeks of matches against Dean Ambrose in 2019, EC3 disappeared from television. He mainly worked on main event despite showing his charisma and speaking ability. Judging from his comments it is clear he tried to pitch ideas for himself but WWE didn’t take.
He was one of the many people who were released by WWE on Black Wednesday.
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