By Gary Mehaffy for WrestlingObserver.com
Last week, WWE released Brad Maddox from his contract after the SmackDown tapings. This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with him for an exclusive interview to see how life is treating him now that he is out of the WWE and what he has planned for the new chapter in his career.
Some highlights from the interview that can be seen below:
- Whether using the word ‘prick’ in a dark match promo got him fired:
"It was because of that...That particular night was a bad decision on my behalf…I didn’t think anything of it, but Vince wasn’t happy about that. I don’t know if it’s a generational word that maybe used to be worse than it is now….I didn’t really think it through, but I should have been more careful in that moment because I knew Vince was watching. I tend to take chances at stupid times."
- Being frustrated in WWE:
"It has been a long couple of years for me, working on angles and ideas trying to get (back) in. I’ve always wanted to wrestle...Absolutely, I wanted to wrestle from the get go…I could have talked to Vince more than I did, rather than sitting around in catering hoping that the writers were coming up with something for me."
- Practicing promos with Vince and Stephanie:
"I’ve got to do some cool stuff. Going over promos with Vince in his office, or the bathroom of his office – for some reason! – with him and Daniel Bryan and Stephanie."
- Why he choose OVW as a path into WWE:
"I researched on where to go. I didn’t want to waste my time, there are hundreds of thousands of indy promotions. I was either going to move to Atlanta – which was a good move because they shut down shortly after! – and I went to Louisville. Back then it was a lot different, you could actually train with the (WWE) contracted guys."
- Additionally, we discussed why he watched WCW growing up, how he considers Joey Mercury a mentor, learning promos from Dusty Rhodes, being involved in angles with CM Punk, what he intends to do with his spare time and much, much more, especially in relation to his recent release and his frustrations around it.