It was a good thing. I wanted to do my own schedule, I wanted to go back to Japan and wrestle. I wanted to train seriously with mixed martial arts and get some training time with Billy Robinson and Josh Barnett and wrestle, and start enjoying pro wrestling in general and not be wondering when WWE is finally going to give me a shot. Honestly, it was a good decision on their part and it was a mutual thing on my part. It wasn't like the world was going to come to an end. It was like, time to move on, leave the door open and maybe come back, maybe not, we'll see.
WrestlingINC.com: The week after you were released, CM Punk mentioned it during a promo, did you hear that?
Smith: Yeah, somebody texted me right away because, like I said, I don't watch WWE Raw, like ever. And I texted him later and said thanks. That was an on-the-fly thing, it wasn't in the script at all.
Punk and I were always good friends on the road, he's a hell of a workhorse in that ring. I mean, being a top guy in WWE, he's really busy too. So I thanked him for it. Punk's a good guy and I thought that was cool.
Make sure to check back tomorrow for part two of the interview, where Smith talks about MMA training, wrestling for Resistance Pro and Ring Ka King, Natalya's current gimmick, possibly going to TNA and much more.
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