Recap of Rhino/Rhyno on Live Audio Wrestling:
On what led him to be released:
Rhino says for the last couple of years, he hasn t been the person that everyone had seen in ECW or the person that came into WWE in 2001. The neck surgery mentally played a toll on him. It made him a moody person. Ever since he was 11 doing his paper route, he created money for himself. He was always working. After the neck surgery, he felt helpless, and took it out on other people. He came back to the ring, and didn t feel the same. He was working hard, but creatively he wasn t feeling the same. He felt things weren t going his way, so he began drinking a lot. Everything started coming down all at once. He filed for divorce last September. They are great friends now, but they got into an argument and he lost his cool. He was just frustrated. He says he s met a lot of new people who talked and helped him through things. For his child s sake, he and his ex-wife are good friends. He says he threw a potted plant and acted every unprofessional. He says if he was Vince, he would fire himself too. He says he has cut down on his drinking, drinking only once in a while. He doesn t drink and drive because he could kill someone. He is a better and happier person now.
How frustrated was he creatively after coming back:
For last two years, he was pointing fingers and also drinking, and not bettering himself. The last couple of months, he was thinking What would Vince do? Because Vince is a go-getter. If someone told him he couldn t do something, he d find a way to get it done. He talks about how you can call the writers and ask them if they have anything for you. If they say no, ask them what about next week, or how about this idea or that idea etc. Sooner they ll start to say this squeaky wheel is starting to bother me. Let s throw some oil in it and they ll put you in something. He says in ECW, he showed up, found out what he had to do and did it to the best of his abilities. He says the last couple of years while he was with WWE, he always worked hard, but his attitude was just to get through a match and hit the next town, it wasn t how can he make a match stand out. For the 90 days, he sat back and thinking whether he still wants to do this. He found his love back for the business again.
On the House show match with Tajiri that was stopped by Vince incident:
He surprised a lot of people haven t asked him about it. He probably thinks they feel bad for him. He says you can t argue with Vince, because there s just no way that you can argue with him. He is always on top of thing. Before the match, Vince told them they could anything since it s a house show. He adds for the record, that his pay for that night was very good. He was thinking that he should get kicked out of the ring more often. But Vince told them to do anything, but something must have pissed him off about the match before theirs. Rhino was told before hand that if the crowd chant boring during a wrestling hold, don t try to get out of it and do something else or don t let them judge your match. Rhino was like okay, he s just listening to the agents. He guesses that s what pissed Vince off. The boring chants. Vince said that if they are chanting boring , they are bored. What Rhino would have liked to have told him is that if they are chanting boring , they are at least chanting something. They might be telling him that they are bored. Does he get up and do something? If they chant to Dawn Marie Show your boobs . Should she show her boobs? No. So in a way, you can t let then dictate your match. In ECW, if they chanted boring , he would slowly work out of those wrestling holds and move onto something else. Rhino s point was that if they are sitting on their hands and talking to other people and not making a sound, then they are bored. If they are chanting boring and you just sitting there laying down, like taking a nap, then you are just a piece of s t and lazy. But if you are sitting there working the wrestling hold, and more people start chanting boring , then more people are starting to get into it. They are interacting with you. Rhino s thinking was its Vince s business, it s his company, and he is paying him. And he did get good money for that night. A lot of people were saying that Tajiri and Rhino are hard workers and what Vince did was unprofessional. Rhino says it s his company. If he acts unprofessional, it doesn t matter. Who s gonna fire him? He jokes that Linda could fire him.
Being on the ECW One Night Stand PPV:
He says he loved the whole ECW thing. He says there were WWE fans there too and they were chanting you got fired. He thought that was hilarious. He drove in with a friend, and in his section, a couple of people were chanting Rhyno s a wife beater . That was hilarious too. He doesn t take any of that seriously. The fans can chant what they want. A lot of it is funny. If he had a way to leave a company, and if it s for good, never work their again, that s how he would want to leave. He wished his match could have more time, but it was what it was. It meant Sabu having a good match. It was fun working with Sabu and RVD and seeing all the other guys. He thought it was a great PPV from top to bottom.
Was his match at the PPV an audition to see what WWE was missing?
He went to Puerto Rico right after he got fired. WWE booked him there, and then did the PPV. He enjoyed his time off. WWE paid him the 90 days, and he can t really speak badly about them. If he had something negative to say, he would. He adds It s not like I am trying to kiss ass and get a job back.