Chris Masters Didn't Like Being Booked As "Eli Drake's Cheerleader"

The former Chris Masters recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV. You can check out the full interview above, and submitted highlights below:

Why he asked for his release from Impact Wrestling:

"I like that group and I had a lot of fun there with those guys. It just came down to in the end that it wasn't really enough money once they started cutting the budget for me to really show up to work. That's all it was. I like Eli Drake but I didn't favor the way they had me booked as his cheerleader unless it turned out into something we could do with a program and work with him and it eventually led to him being a babyface and me a heel. If we would have done that, it would have worked out great but I would have also wanted to be paid adequately. It just came down to those facts and obviously I just ended up quitting. I literally just after two days at the taping, booked a flight back to Toronto and just decided I wasn't coming back. I reached out to them when I landed in Toronto and told them I wouldn't be coming into work and that was it. It was as simple as that. My 35th birthday came around and something in my head just popped in and I said I'm not going to do anything that doesn't make me feel good or that I don't want to do at this point and that was one of the starts."

He used to use the Masterlock to kick people out of the bar he was a bouncer at:

"I used to use it before I even wrestled. When I was bouncing I would use it. They would encourage us not to beat people up obviously and not to put our fists on somebody so the best thing you can do is restrain them and so the Full Nelson was probably the best tool you possibly had because you lock them up in that and then you just drag them out of the place. So it was a coincidence that it ended up being the move I used."

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