Masters was suspended by WWE in August 2007 and November 2007 as a result of violations of their drug testing policy. This led to his first release from he company on November 8, 2007. He says of the events, "I hadn't overcome my prescription pain pill problem. I had taken something that hadn't been prescribed to me, and I got red-flagged for that."
Masters eventually conquered his drug addiction and was rehired by WWE in June 2009. He explains what led him to change his ways.
"I'd got fired from the job I always wanted. I'd blown through six figures worth of money, and I knew I had to change my ways. We've seen a lot unfortunate tragedies in the business. I've seen Test and Umaga, who I knew well, pass away and it always affects me. There's always a sense of relief that I was able to catch myself and not let it get to that point. It gets to a point where you either hit rock bottom or you're going to die," Masters says.
"I hit rock bottom, then a second rock bottom, and, by the third, it finally woke me up. The same thing has happened to Matt Hardy. But I hear now, it looks like he's doing great. Hopefully, he's reached enough rock bottoms that now, he's back on track."
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