Chris Masters Speaks On A WWE Return, Going To TNA, Working With John Cena

Posted by Matt Boone September 26, 2013 13 Comments

The following are highlights from a recent interview with former WWE Superstar Chris Masters:

On his favorite WWE storyline that he was involved in: “Working the program with Shawn Michaels just because he was like, my childhood hero. That was almost the equivalent of winning the world championship in my book.Obviously for the record books it would be nice to say you’re a former world champion but I’m just really glad I got to work him before he retired and I was able to break into that generation before a lot of those guys essentially either went on to TNA or some retired, it was a very different landscape.”

On working with John Cena: “The kind of ironic part of the whole story is that we started training wrestling the same day together, same exact day, I was 16 at the time. So, you know, we go all the way back to the very beginning with each other. Ultimately, what happened was that two months into my training I fractured my ankle, had surgery and took a couple of years off because I was so young and Cena kept with it and within that time went on to WWE first and I came back to UPW and two years later I got signed, so you know, I was a couple of years behind him. As far as feuding with him, it was always nice to go out there with someone that the people are so emotionally invested in because it makes your job that much easier. They love Cena, so to work a guy on top of the card there’s no better payday than that really so you can’t complain from that aspect… On a personal level, we have never meshed. Our personalities are just very different. For whatever reason that is, it’s not a love or hate thing, it’s just two very different type of people.”

On a possible WWE Return: “You know, you can’t rule anything out of course, but I mean the problem with WWE right now for me is that it seems there’s no real room for opportunity. There’s just so many guys that they have and I haven’t watched in a while but from what I’ve heard they combined raw and Smackdown and if you want to just be there just treading water then yeah, but I would rather go there with the certainty that I was actually going to do something and be vital to the program. It just depends on the opportunity that’s there, and it doesn’t seem like there is to me. What do they have there like 100 guys in developmental and it just seems like right now I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what I’m supposed to do but if the opportunity presents itself I’m not necessarily going to say no but there’s going to be some things to consider obviously. Even before my release I was always thinking in the back of my mind about the potential of quitting and either calling TNA or just reevaluating things because I knew how my work had come along but also at the same time they were at a point in the company where they needed babyfaces and they still weren’t using me so I was just like, if they aren’t going to use me at this point when are they going to use me? It still didn’t seem rational because it’s like, I’m not going to quit because this is the place I’ve always wanted to work, this is my dream, so that kind of overshadowed any thought of quitting but it did cross my mind at the time so that’s kind of where I stand with it now. I’m still just 30 years old so it gives me some time on my side obviously but I really can’t say for sure.”

On the possibility of going to TNA: “I keep an open mind about any wrestling company because it’s my ultimate passion, there’s really nothing else. If I had to fill out a resume, under qualifications I’d put what,standing vertical suplex and an unbreakable full nelson? I don’t know where that’s going to benefit me in society but one thing that I have been exploring while living in L.A. is different movie projects because coming out of our line of work it seems like a natural fit.”

Check out the complete interview online at

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    • GoodThings2Life

      It’s awful. It’s boring to watch the same beat-down every week. It’s boring to see the superstars appear as cry babies and whiners, and it’s boring to hear the “Best for Business” speech. It’s no wonder they are losing ratings lately.

    • Bam Bam

      It’s suppose to be night of champions but Curtis Axel is not defending the IC title and The U.S. champ Dean Ambrose isn’t even on the card.

    • havso2

      Dean Ambrose is supposed to face Dolph Ziggler! That match was confirmed on smackdown…

    • Reina

      Won’t be ordering the PPV, it’s a weak card and not worth the almost $60 WWE is charging. I am hoping this “Best for Business” storyline picks up because it’s becoming to predictable with Bryan getting a beat down every Monday. I am going to Survivor Series in November, being one of the 4 major PPV’s, I am hoping at that point there will be some solid matches with a better or escalated storyline. Wouldn’t mind seeing a Triple H/Orton vs Bryan/Big Show…

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      • varun

        stone helps the daniel obrien

    • rog

      If the tag team turmoil envolved the tag champs should be more interesting. Axel should defend his title and the WWE/WH championships matches should have some stipulation!!! It will get better when HHH stops his “best for business” BS!!!!

    • chrissi calvert

      With the exception of Punk vs Heyman/Axel this is a pretty poor card. Could tell you what is gonna happen in the main event

      • biw

        big show going to interrupt and ko bryan…for heel turn..

    • RC Gade

      I am going to watch the Pay Per View, and am excited for the event. But am already getting tired of the Triple H storyline its just getting old fast. I know you have to build a story and keep going with it to boost the pay off. But three weeks of the same ending is just BS! And this whole “speak your mind and you get beat down or fired” just ticks me off. Then again they are getting the reaction that every heel wants and that for you to really hate them. With the other great talent I believe its gonna be a good PPV.

    • Harms_Way

      No IC title match and no US title match? False advertisement. I’m not paying a penny for this.

    • I know it’s fake, my kids dont

      the bullying by paul (aka hhh) and stephanie is why I don’t let my kids watch any more. They don’t understand how bad for business this really is, and what a slap in the face it is for that “be a star” anti-bullying campaign.

    • MSpector

      I got bored with HHH’s “Mini-Me” gimmick the first night he brought it out. I’ve watched only bits and pieces since, and aside from Bryan and the seeming rise of the Usos don’t see a lot to get excited about. Keep the McMahons backstage where they now all belong and let the wrestlers do their thing.

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