Chris Masters Talks Almost Fighting Former Tag Partner On A Plane, Rescuing His Mom, More
"I was such a big, young kid and they had me so fired up and I didn't really know as we call it in the business, 'Shakespeare,' which is creating the act of movement. You know, I was really swinging people around. Eventually, I learned better."
On Miz bringing back the Figure Four: "[The Figure Four] was one of those moves a kid that I used to test out. You see the moves on TV and you're like, 'How much does that hurt? Does it hurt?' Let me just say, 'That move hurts!'"
On the Pec Dance for Sharon and Ozzy Osborne: "[The WWE] wanted to use [the pec dance] and use me in that role every week. To me it was funny, but I thought it should bridge to my real personality. Anybody who knows me knows I'm really silly and I don't take myself too seriously and I can still be lovable and cocky. So I was like, 'How can we bridge that moment into something else than just have it be about bouncing pecs all the time?' That got kind of old to me and I felt that was bad writing after a certain point. My last year and a half with the company was when my work rate was at it's absolute highest. I couldn't have a bad match with a heel on the show."
His body before wrestling: "I was really skinny as a kid. I was about 160lbs...but then I started eating like a pig and working out and I eventually ballooned up to 300lbs. Yeah, I was pretty fat...I remember one day waking up and looking in the mirror and being like, 'Wow, you're fat!' I just saw the tire iron around my waste and thought it was time to clean it up a little bit. Then I dropped down to 240lbs...I never had a trainer, so I taught myself everything.
"Initially, I was so skinny. I didn't have a diet scheme. I was in high school stealing those little cartons of milks that they give out. You know, you're allowed one per person. I'd go up and stuff five of them in my bag because then you get 50 grams of protein if you've got five milks. Milk is great. If you're a skinny kid trying to bulk up, have some milk with every meal...I kind of was just force feeding myself."
Getting Released from WWE: "I take full responsibility for my first release. The second one was a little bit more of a shocker to me. I had fallen into the typical wrestling problem which as prescription pills. I fought that battle and haven't gone back. [At the time] I became a liability to the company and I understood them letting me go.
"Even when WWE sent me to rehab, I didn't believe I had a problem...so I eventually messed up again and had a relapse. It derailed my career. I never really got the shot that I got the original time."
His tag team partner, Carlito: "[Carlito and I] were a pretty good tag team. I could feed off him really well...It was a love hate relationship and it was funny. We almost got into a fight on an airplane one time and literally five minutes later we were watching a movie on a DVD player together."
Rescuing his mom from her burning house: "Every second that went by felt like ten minutes...The big part of the story that everyone [exaggerates], is I didn't rip the tree from it's roots, but I did bear hug the tree down to the ground and broke it...She pops out and I've never loved my mom more than that moment."