Rhino Talks His Time With ECW, Vince Interrupting His Match, Leaving WWE, TNA & More

WrestlingINC: [Laughs.] It's good that you cleared that up. You also famously ripped up a contract that you were offered from WWE to go back and be a part of their ECW. Did you kind of know ahead of time that that wasn't going to work out?

Rhino: Actually, I didn't rip up a contract. Did I rip up a paper? I know I did the promo. They were starting ECW again and they had contacted me about that. The way I looked was I was released from WWE because of bad behavior which was understandable. But TNA gave me a shot.

The thing is, they had a lot to gain. I was on TV for four years with WWE and two years with ECW. I had been working for three or four years before that. So, I had a lot to offer TNA. I think it's just growing up in a family where you show loyalty. They gave me an opportunity when they necessarily didn't have to. They had a lot to gain so I felt some kind of loyalty to at least re-sign one more contract. And it wasn't that good of a contract but I felt like I owed it to them because they helped me out.

Not saying that any other company never gave me an opportunity. But, I felt, OK, they're starting to grow -- that was the decision-breaker right there. In a way, am I glad I re-signed? Yes and no. Because I would have made a lot more money in WWE. But, I think I had to grow as a person too. Because I think if I would have gone back there at that time, the end result would have been the same. The end result would have been negative. I would have worked hard and everything, but as a person, I wouldn't have been able to stop and enjoy it and contribute 110%.

You can follow Rhino on Twitter at @Rhyno313. To get more information or to purchase tickets for Extreme Rising from the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, December 29th, visit ExtremeRising.com. You can order the iPPV VOD now at HighSpots.com by clicking here.

Make sure to check back Friday for the second part of our interview, where Rhino discusses his time with TNA, why he left, the differences between the WWE & TNA ECW reunion shows, his second round title tournament match with Devon Storm at Extreme Rising, why he wasn't a part of the first two Extreme Rising events and more. You can also view this promo from Devon Storm about his match with Rhino below:

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