Highlights Of Our Chris Masters Interview: Working With HBK, HHH's Insult, His Release, TNA & More
If he was ready when he was first called up in WWE: "Definitely not, but you know I could have… I wasn't ready, but if I didn't make some of the mistakes I made - like I fell off the wagon with the Wellness Policy violations and what not - I think if I would have had my head on straight and I was really focused like I was with the second run that I just had, which was a lot easier for me, I think I would have been able to adapt and get better and really take it in. You know it was my first… I don't know, I think I just fell into some problems and I wasn't appreciating it the way I should have."
How the "Masterpiece" monicker came about: "It was like a process, I got out there and my real name is Chris Mordesky, obviously. One one day I came in and Dr. Tom Prichard told me I am no longer Chris Mordesky, I am Chris Masters, and I didn't question it. And then I remember one day I was sitting around with Mickie James, Matt Morgan... maybe a couple of others, we were just sitting around hanging out and I don't even know how we led into it, but Matt Morgan came up with 'Masterpiece.' So Matt Morgan, and I always give him credit for it even though he says I don't, Matt Morgan came up with the 'Masterpiece' and it just clicked because I was already getting the perception of being a body guy. So we brought it to Jim Cornette the next day and he was all over it right away, pumping me as the 'Masterpiece' Chris Masters. Eventually when I got called up, the Masterlock was the next addition to the whole thing so it all kind of tied together. That's kind of how it happened for me."
Working with Shawn Michaels: "Oh, it was like a dream come true! It was like winning the world title basically, just 'cause you know I'm under the impression that he is probably - and I think a lot of people would agree - that he is probably the greatest in ring performer ever. And I had watched his whole career, probably like a lot of people who are reading this interview, and I get to watch this amazing career that started as a tag wrestler and progressively to where you get to work up to where you are the world champion. You know, for me to actually get to break into the business and work with him on a pay-per-view before he retired, I mean that's a rare thing for any kid to be able to do. Any kid who looks up to a childhood hero, you know to watch like Kobe Bryant and then get to take him in a basketball game. You know, that's very rare and it was really cool experience for me. I mean, we said a prayer before the match… Shawn was really good to me, especially when I first came in, he did a lot to help me and he always took credit for making the Masterpiece… until I messed it up."
Triple H making fun of his physique after his rehab stint: "That was a scripted interview. People always ask me about that and some people think it was a cheap shot. I am more under of the impression... first of all, I remember the way Hunter looked at the time... I don't know. I didn't really treat it much as an insult as a lot of people jumped on it like it was that big of a deal, but I was still thinking to myself, you know, you [Triple H] take off your shirt and stand next to me and we'll see who looks better? I mean, you know, he wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer either, he is a little pudgy. So, in his defense, Hunter is a ball buster and is an equal opportunity ball buster, so you know, it might have been a cheap shot. I mean, you seen the way him and Shawn are, that's just the way he is, he's a ball buster. So it was probably like not the most appropriate thing to do, especially where the business is and the message they were trying to convey. But you know, it was said and I'm sure if they could take it back - considering the controversy it raised - I am sure they would. But they don't live in the past, so they don't even think about it."