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WrestlingINC.com: It sounds like you've been keeping busy as you've been traveling a lot and doing Ring Ka King. Would you say this is the busiest you've been?
Masters: With the independent scene I'm busy, but when you go from my last year in WWE, even though I was being used on Superstars for the most part, I was still booked on the road all the time for the house shows. So it's a transition when you go out of WWE because [in WWE] you are basically traveling all the time. You get home and you have about two and a half days at home and you're back on the road again. Eventually for me, I submitted to the lifestyle. It was just like, you just find a way to enjoy it. So I am staying busy for the independent scene, it's just one of those things... you know there are weeks where you have Monday through Friday off and you are just working the weekends.
So you've got to think of ways, which is what I am doing now, in order to occupy that time and be productive in between the time and in between bookings. Some weeks you'll have no shows and then some weeks you'll have like you said… I went to India twice and went to the Philippines and Nashville all within a month and a half. That's pretty busy for the indy's I'd say, but if I lived in the Northeast I'm sure I'd be booked probably every single weekend - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - because they just have a lot more going on there.
WrestlingINC.com: You started wrestling at a really early age, were you 16?
Masters: Yeah, I started at 16 with UPW here in California under Rick Bassman, which coincidentally was the same day John Cena started. I did a leap frog and injured my ankle and fractured it about two months into my training. I ended up having to have surgery and just realizing I was too young and it wasn't the right time to be going into wrestling school yet, so I just put it on the shelf for a couple of years and I focused on body building as a hobby. I know a lot of people think I was a body builder turned wrestler, no, I just took it up as a hobby because I saw what they were looking for when I was 16. I saw Cena and all the guys... Just like the guys I had grown up with, like the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, very muscular guys, so I concentrated on that and then came back at 19 and got signed within about a year.
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