Frankie Kazarian On Refusing To Cut His Hair For WWE, John Laurinaitis

Current ROH Tag-Team Champions Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian recently appeared as guests on Chris Jericho’s show, “Talk Is Jericho,” and during the show, Kazarian spoke about his brief stint with WWE.

Below are some of the highlights of what Frankie Kazarian talked about during his appearance with Daniels on Jericho’s podcast.

On his WWE run back in 2005 and being frustrated about not being used by the company:

“I signed in February [2005] and then sat at home, sat at home, sat at home. And then, it was to a point when I was calling them, like Johnny [Laurinaitis], ‘hey, I’d love to come [to work]’. They’d put me on some, the first few weeks, dark matches and stuff, but I was hearing nothing, and, like, I was getting almost [to the point where], I don’t want ring rust to kick in. I was just sitting at home and people were like, ‘don’t worry about it. Get paid.’ But you couldn’t tell me that at the time, and, still, I like to work. And so I’m calling Johnny. He’s like, ‘what? Do you want to move to Atlanta [Georgia]?’ And I’m like, ‘no? Not necessarily’, and, so then, they sent me to OVW for one week and I did that, which was cool because I got to do Lance Storm’s last week of training there, so it was cool to learn a little bit from him [and] pick his brain and stuff. And then, they put me on the road. I started doing [WWE] Velocity matches and I was there for a few months doing that.”

On John Laurinaitis telling him to cut his ponytail, him refusing and eventually leaving WWE:

“The suggestion was to cut my hair, and, at that point, I wasn’t mature enough to be there. All I knew about wrestling was some Japan, TNA, and Indies. I didn’t know how to treat it as a business and that’s 100% on me. They could have suggested, ‘hey, switch your tights’ and I would have done the same. It was literally like, ‘no, I’m not going to do that. You brought me in to do this and I’m not going to do that’. And I have a rebellious spirit and it [has] cost me jobs and stuff. But I wasn’t ready. If I would have stayed, I wouldn’t have lasted long anyway, just because I wasn’t mentally ready to treat it like a business.”