On the latest episode of Pancakes and Powerslams, I had the pleasure to talk to Crimson fresh off his release from TNA. This is the first interview since his official departure last month. Here are some highlights:

Transition from TNA to OVW: “It was an easy transition. Prior to OVW I sat at home for a couple of months. I made the call to Al Snow and said can you use me in OVW and he said sure. It was a double-edged sword. I loved working with Al. At the same time there was a lot of frustration staying at home. What it did was allow me to sit back and work on more character development. I heard nothing but great feedback. The hopes were to get that [military] character on TV.”

Details of his TNA release: “Word was going around that they were ready to clean house. I didn’t expect to be released. I was hoping that they would have enough faith in the investment they’ve made the past three years. I got a call from Al Snow. Once I had him on the phone I kinda knew what it was. I wasn’t too upset. We leveled with each other and that was it.”

Reason for his release: “The way I was explained it was more budget than anything. Going on the road is a big expense for TNA. They had to do a restructure and some of that talent who were sitting home making money had to be let go. All I know is they are using budget cuts as the reason. Other than that, I don’t know.”

He also talks about who inspired him to wrestle, his final TNA promo getting cut for sounding too real, feelings about Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan, WWE aspirations and much more. You can listen to the entire interview above.