Donald Wood from Bleacher Report and Ring Rust Radio recently interviewed Chris Masters. Masters discussed his WWE career, his indy wrestling career and the possibility for him coming back to the WWE or going to TNA. You can download and listen to the interview here, below are some highlights:
Favorite WWE Storyline he was involved in: "Working the program with Shawn Michaels just because he was like, my childhood hero. That was almost the equivalent of winning the world championship in my book.Obviously for the record books it would be nice to say you're a former world champion but I'm just really glad I got to work him before he retired and I was able to break into that generation before a lot of those guys essentially either went on to TNA or some retired, it was a very different landscape."
Working with John Cena: "The kind of ironic part of the whole story is that we started training wrestling the same day together, same exact day, I was 16 at the time. So, you know, we go all the way back to the very beginning with each other. Ultimately, what happened was that two months into my training I fractured my ankle, had surgery and took a couple of years off because I was so young and Cena kept with it and within that time went on to WWE first and I came back to UPW and two years later I got signed, so you know, I was a couple of years behind him. As far as feuding with him, it was always nice to go out there with someone that the people are so emotionally invested in because it makes your job that much easier. They love Cena, so to work a guy on top of the card there's no better payday than that really so you can't complain from that aspect.
"On a personal level, we have never meshed. Our personalities are just very different. For whatever reason that is, it's not a love or hate thing, it's just two very different type of people."
A possible WWE return: "You know, you can't rule anything out of course, but I mean the problem with WWE right now for me is that it seems there's no real room for opportunity. There's just so many guys that they have and I haven't watched in a while but from what I've heard they combined raw and Smackdown and if you want to just be there just treading water then yeah, but I would rather go there with the certainty that I was actually going to do something and be vital to the program. It just depends on the opportunity that's there, and it doesn't seem like there is to me.
"What do they have there like 100 guys in developmental and it just seems like right now I'm where I'm supposed to be and doing what I'm supposed to do but if the opportunity presents itself I'm not necessarily going to say no but there's going to be some things to consider obviously. Even before my release I was always thinking in the back of my mind about the potential of quitting and either calling TNA or just reevaluating things because I knew how my work had come along but also at the same time they were at a point in the company where they needed babyfaces and they still weren't using me so I was just like, if they aren't going to use me at this point when are they going to use me? It still didn't seem rational because it's like, I'm not going to quit because this is the place I've always wanted to work, this is my dream, so that kind of overshadowed any thought of quitting but it did cross my mindat the time so that's kind of where I stand with it now. I'm still just 30 years old so it gives me some time on my side obviously but I really can't say for sure."
Possibly going to TNA: "I keep an open mind about any wrestling company because it's my ultimate passion, there's really nothing else. If I had to fill out a resume, under qualifications I'd put what,standing vertical suplex and an unbreakable full nelson? I don't know where that's going to benefit me in society but one thing that I have been exploring while living in LA is different movie projects because coming out of our line of work it seems like a natural fit."