By Ryan Clark | January 16, 2009
>> Following his release from World Wrestling Entertainment this past November, former ECW General Manager Armando Estrada has been busy opening a fast food restaurant in Glendale, Arizona called "Baby's Steak and Lemonade." You can catch him behind the counter there. In an interview with SLAM! Wrestling, Estrada talked about his time with WWE.
Estrada said WWE brass were concerned about fans cheering him due to how he pronounced his name when Umaga entered a program with John Cena at the start of 2007. "I created that middle name. Paul Heyman helped me come out of my shell. I started rolling my R's and Paul told me to do it every time," Estrada said. "We couldn't have the audience suddenly liking us, and I was told to remove that aspect. John Cena had been getting a mixed reaction and if this top heel and his manager were getting cheered, we ran the risk of the fans booing Cena. January 1st, 2007, in Miami, I was told, 'You have to stop that.'"
Towards the end of his run in WWE, Estrada still traveled with the company, but was rarely used. "I was still traveling every week to the television week and I was always being told you are going to start again next week. During that time we switched writers. Unfortunately, I got lost in the mix. There were 10 heels on ECW and five babyfaces."
Of course, he was then let go. Unfortunately for him, WWE owns the name "Armando Estrada," even though he created it in Ohio Valley Wrestling. "The original Armando I came up with it was my creation, my brainchild. My name to my short laugh, every catch phrase, every mannerism, breaking the cigar, I came up with 'Samoan Bulldozer.' Unfortunately, even though it is my name, I can't use it."
>> The following matches are scheduled for tonight's edition of WWE Smackdown:
What Happened After Tonight's WWE RAW On Long Island: Final Match Ever For The Nassau Coliseum
New Kevin Owens Vignette, SmackDown Match Revealed, Backstage Photo Of Entourage Cast At RAW
Daniel Bryan Announced For WWE's Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View
Samoa Joe Returning To ROH Next Month, Joe Comments On His Deal
New Match With Former NXT Champions Announced For WWE Elimination Chamber
Video Of Vince McMahon Speaking Before Tonight's RAW, Rowan And Harper On Superstars, Special Shirt
** SPOILERS ** WWE Superstars Results For This Week
WWE Monday Night RAW Results - Dean Ambrose Arrested, John Cena Defends, More
WWE Superstars Crash Wedding After Live Event, Photo Of Reunited WWE Divas, Boogeyman Scares People
WWE Takes New Shot At CM Punk On Shop Site?, Chris Jericho Hacked Again, New Name For NXT Group
Scott Steiner Talks Wrestling Today Being Hard To Watch, Why Fans Watch, Brock Lesnar, WWE Pay, More
Adam Rose Pays Tribute To A WWE Legend, Note On Samoa Joe's WWE Nickname, Vince McMahon