Bob Holly Talks Working With CM Punk, WWE's Hypocrisy With Wellness Policy & Injured Stars, ECW
I think more people need to be like that because with true friendships, you should be able to tell somebody hey, this is the way it is and if you don't like it, that's just the way [I feel]. You should still be able to be friends and stuff like that because I think when you're honest with people, you're trying to help them, a lot of people, when you're honest with them and stuff like that. I don't have anything to hold back. I shouldn't have to sugar coat anything because I'm afraid I'm going to offend somebody. I was with the company for so long and this is where I've been, this is what I've seen, this is what I've heard and this is my story.
I even say stuff about TNA in my book and certain people with the company and I wasn't worried about okay, do I want to get a job with TNA or not? Better not say this or whatever, or maybe I need to alter it to where it won't offend nobody down there. I didn't do that and they still called me, so I just think more people need to [be honest]. I don't know. That's just the way I am. I just want people to know, because with a lot of wrestling fans, I think I answered a lot of questions that they've always wondered. I may not have answered every question, but I think I answered a few questions to where people will go okay, okay, so that's how it works. Okay, okay, so that's why it's like this and so forth. It's not one of those books where I'm pissed off at the world and this and that and I'm going to write a book and I'm going to bury everybody. I talk about people. I talk about the good about, say I pick out Hunter. I talk good about him. There's a lot of good about him, but I also talk about how I feel about him and what I think. It's not like I have a tendency just to go bury people to bury them. I talk positives about people, but I also tell how I feel about somebody. People have been very, very happy with it. But the credit doesn't go to me, it goes to Ross Williams, the one who wrote the book. I just told him my story and he put the whole thing together and just did a great, great job.
Wrestling INC: It's been four and a half years now since you left WWE. Were you surprised after 15 years about your release?
Holly: It was a mutual thing because they didn't have anything for me. I had just come back from elbow surgery. I was ready to go back to work, but I wasn't ready to go back. So when Johnny [Laurinaitis] had called me we got to talking and stuff and I asked him, do the writers have anything for me? He said well, let me check, and I talk about this in my book too. He called me back like a week later and said well they don't have anything for you and I said Johnny, I'm not just coming back to work to sit around and put people over. Because nowadays, we're not making any money putting guys over. I said it's no fun. If I'm not going to be in a storyline, I just don't want to come back. He called me back and said well, they don't have anything for you so we're going to let you go. I said that's fine with me. So it was mutual thing. It was like they had called me, hey, we're going to let you go. It was like Johnny, do they have anything for me? He calls me back, no they don't so we'll let you go. And that's how it went.
Wrestling INC: At the end there, right before your last program, you were working with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. I know you were critical of DiBiase's recent release. What exactly made you speak out against that?