Curt Hawkins stayed productive during his time off.
Hawkins is currently in the midst of the longest losing streak in WWE history, but his record could be worse had he not missed time in September and October to deal with a hernia injury. Speaking to Sam Roberts on the Not Sam Wrestling podcast, Hawkins revealed that he was busy behind the scenes during his time off.
"I realized I was hurt, got everything situated with what I was going to do. I was going to get surgery and then the office called me and told me that Vince would like me to be a producer the whole time while I'm out," he said. "So the whole time I've been out I've been doing that. It's cool. It's very flattering that I was chosen. Incredible, one of a kind learning experience for sure. I don't think it is something I want to do at 33 years old. I feel like I'm in the absolute prime of my wrestling career. Wrestling is in my heart and my mind and will be forever, and I could do this whenever. There's going to be a time when my body tells me, 'Hey, no more wrestling,' so I want to take advantage of that."
Hawkins continued, "Every meeting I'll be assigned to somebody. Like, 'Hey, follow Jamie Noble and do what he does or follow Dean Malenko all day and do what he does'. Most of the time I've actually been with Tyson Kidd, who's one of my best friends. So it has been just really cool. I see how things get done and how things are done the way they're done, why we're told what we're told as wrestlers and stuff. There's reasons for things and sometimes you don't know that because you don't know."
Roberts mentioned that having the experience as a producer would help Hawkins when he eventually returned to the ring. Hawkins agreed, saying, "I think that was the idea. Like, the beneficial idea of it and I think more people will do what I'm doing when they get hurt and the opportunity presents itself. Because eventually our generation has to move on and do that kind of stuff. Arn (Anderson) and Dean (Malenko) and Fit (Finlay) are only going to be around for so long."
Hawkins last appeared on WWE television on the Aug. 20 edition of Raw. He recently reunited with Zack Ryder on an episode of Main Event. He was not won since beating Apollo Crews on November 8, 2016.
You can view the entire interview with Hawkins in the video above.