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WrestlingINC.com: When you were, what were your thoughts when you were released from WWE in 2007, did you kind of see it coming? Or were you blindsided by it?
Masters: Nah, I wasn't blindsided by the first one, I kinda' felt like I brought it onto myself. I was trying to turn things around right at that point, but I had messed up. It was a dark period for me because I also got injured a week before I got released. I dislocated my elbow and then a week later... first I was suspended for 60 days and then I think - that was on a Monday - then Tuesday rolled around and that's when Vince [McMahon] had done either a Bob Costas interview or... something happened that day. Or there was some kind of thing with the government, putting a lot of heat on Vince. By Wednesday, they had changed their minds and released me, but I kinda took responsibility for that one, you know what I mean? I knew that I had kind of lost my way, lost my focus, and that I was making mistakes. And that I probably wasn't at the point where I should be there and I went off and did my thing. Looking back, I don't regret it, 'cause then I was able to have such great memories with like NWE and American Rampage. I went to Japan and I got to see a whole other side of the wrestling business, that I hadn't seen before, just since I went straight to WWE
WrestlingINC.com: After that first release, while you were doing the independence and came back, you were greatly improved from the first run. Was there any particular place on the independent scene that you felt really upped your game?
Masters: I didn't think it was... a lot of people always are like, ah you know, he went to Japan he got good, or he this or he did that. I don't think it was any of that. I came back in 2009 and I was just happy to be back. I don't think that my work was really up to par.
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