The following are highlights of a new Baltimore Sun interview with Colt Cabana:
On what happened between he and Ring Of Honor: “They were bought by a corporation and the owner wasn’t aware of a lot of the wrestlers of the past. So when new management came in and wanted to shuffle some people out the door, nobody was really aware of my past history with the company so it wasn’t a big deal to them, and I wasn’t asked to come back.”
On Jim Cornette’s recent A.M.A. chat comments about him: “Yeah, a lot of people tweeted it towards me. I think he is entitled to his opinion. You can’t fault people for having an opinion. Luckily for me, I’ve never been put in a position to hire and fire people, and he was in that position and he can’t hire everybody. I’m one of the people that Jim Cornette didn’t want. Obviously the people that he didn’t want aren’t going to be happy about it. That’s life. I could hold a grudge, but I don’t. I understand that you have to hire and you have to fire and the ones that you fire aren’t going to be happy. It’s about going on and moving on. Luckily, I’ve done way bigger and better things since leaving Ring of Honor. Maybe it was a mistake by them for letting me go, and maybe it wasn’t if they’re happy with the direction that they’ve gone. I don’t hold any grudge against Jim. I’m almost kind of thankful that I was able to go on to better places in my career.”
On what happened between he and WWE: “Well, it didn’t work out because management said creative didn’t have anything for me. Then I went out and did a web series mocking the answer that they gave me. It was maybe with the big corporate structure that I got lost underneath the pile of people (laughs), that doesn’t sound good, piles of people. But I spent two years under contract with WWE. After about a year and three months I was brought up to the main roster [in 2009]. When I was brought up, I wasn’t brought up in a predominant role at all. I was kind of brought up as a guy really to lose matches. Which was weird because they don’t have contracted enhancement wrestlers, for the most part every contracted wrestler they have is “a superstar.” Of course, that’s an interesting fact when some of the guys like myself and Gavin Spears and Ryan Braddock are just kind of brought up to lose. But that was a different time back then and now I think they’ve seen the errors of their ways from that generation. A lot of us took a bullet but I’m glad that because of the way they handled developmental at that time that they have a good grasp on it now. You can see the great things their doing with some of the guys and the way they bring people up with the NXT talent. So maybe we were part of an experimental process in developmental. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be one of the guys on NXT or whatnot, but luckily enough for me, because of my past, people are able to succeed in that system.”
Check out the complete interview at BaltimoreSun.com.