Source: Mix Philadelphia
His first release from the WWE: "I got a call after practice, which is rude [laughter]. Call me before practice. I was told that I wasn't developing like they wanted and that they were going to look into future us working together, but for now we needed to part ways. I was like alright. I packed my bags and went back to California and actually put wrestling behind me. I actually thought, well you know what, I thought it was crazy I made it once and to think I'm going to come back or whatever was unrealistic goal. So I went back to bodyguarding and substitute teaching. I was actually doing very well, traveling the world with Snoop. So I was kind of doing that. I would have dreams at night about wrestling and stuff but I kept it very quiet.
"Snoop, we came off a tour from Australia and he was going to Jacksonville's Monday Night Raw, when he hosted it. I tried to change shifts so I didn't have to go because I didn't want to go. I got fired from there. Would you want to go back to your old job? I was thinking they fired me, they're going to make jokes that I'm there. I'm going to be one of those guys that I've seen that got fired and is hanging up against the wall. I didn't want to be one of those guys. I had some dignity and pride still. I didn't want to see them. They didn't want me, I didn't want them. So that was my attitude.
"That changed. As soon as I showed up they had open arms. They met me at the door. I remember Cena shook my hand. John Laurinaitis was like you know the door's still open. I was like you guys closed it pretty hard actually. I still have splinters in my face, but that's cool. About two weeks later I was sitting around and I was like I can either do this bodyguarding the rest of my life or I could take a chance and go back and do what I always wanted to do. I called them up and asked if the offer was still on the table and he was like yeah. I came back and I'm glad obviously I did. It's been great ever since."
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