WrestlingINC.com: It did kind of look like they were going to give the tag titles a little bit of a push when you and Tyson Kidd won the unified titles. Did you think that might be the case? Or did you see it as no big deal?
Smith: No, I mean I was cool with it. I personally liked the other tag team titles better, just the way that they looked. The big shiny copper-like titles that they have now, I mean they are fine but I understand they wanted to unify it because - to make it more prestigious I guess. Combine the two shows, I think that maybe its just because of the lack of tag teams in general. Why have tag team champions on SmackDown when there is only one other tag team to feud with? What are you the champion of? One of two teams?
The copper belts are quite heavy, they are like as heavy as the unified titles, the two combined. You get hit with one of those and you are going to go down. It was cool, I'm glad to say we were the first ones to become unified tag champions. I remember Nat and Bret coming out to present them and everything, so it was great.
WrestlingINC.com: I think there's a lot of people who feel like at this point they should unify all the titles. Unify the World and WWE titles, unify the US and Intercontinental, just because the shows aren't really separate anymore.
Smith: Yeah, they could do that I suppose. I would like to see maybe two… well.. It would be interesting, anyway.
WrestlingINC.com: You had your last match with Zack Rider last April.
Smith: Yeah, that's right.
WrestlingINC.com: That match was in April and you weren't released until August, what was going on during that time?
Smith: Well, lot's of flying out to TV tapings and twiddling my thumbs and eating catering [laughs]. For, I would say April until June or so, which sucks because you don't want to fly out to TV tapings because you have to fly out the day before... I mean, don't get me wrong, it's like part of the job, you sign up for it.
But you leave Sunday, you have to pay for a rental car and hotel Sunday night and then Monday is TV where you do absolutely nothing but eat catering and wonder why you're not used and then the next day you fly home, but it's an early morning flight and you're kind of tired, so you got three days that are just kind of wasted because you go to TV's to do nothing. So I did that for... April, May, June, July. I think June they stopped bringing me out completely and then I just sat at home for another month or two until I got the release.
WrestlingINC.com: And when you got the release, I am guessing you were kind of expecting it at that point?
Smith: Well, yeah.. I was kind of expecting it… almost kind of hoping for it. It was just like kinda one of those things, I mean I tried to do the best that I could do for the company. Prior to my release, I had a sit down with John Laurinaitis and I tried to give him some ideas. This was right after the Royal Rumble that they didn't even have me on, which was kinda insulting that I wasn't in it, with so many other guys in it. [Laurinaitis] was like, "We don't know what to do with you so we are going to try and repackage you."
I don't know... I was sort of relieved, I could see it coming. I was just like, as long as they don't try to call me back, to try to stooge me out on TV a couple more times and then fire me, or ask me to go to FCW for awhile and then fire me. So I was just kind of glad, it was just kind of a relief to everybody. I think other people saw it coming, like my fans probably that didn't see me in awhile were wondering what, after the breakup of the Hart Dynasty, what were they going to do with me.
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