Sami Callihan spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:
Walking on eggshells in NXT:
"When I was in the WWE, I'll be the first person to say that I walked on eggshells and I became a shell of the person that I was when I signed. I allowed too many people to get in my brain. Too many people to pull me in different directions. I didn't know who I was anymore. I felt like I didn't know how to wrestle anymore."
His hacker gimmick in NXT:
"People didn't understand the hacker character. I was debuted as the hacker character and told, 'hey, you're not the hacker.' So people would [say], 'you don't look like you know who you are out there,' because I didn't know who I was because I was told to be six different things from six different people."
"I remember before the match Apollo goes, 'do you tonight. If we get in trouble I'll take the blame.' I remember getting pulled to the back from HHH and he was like, 'where has this guy been for the last year.' I kinda had to bite my tongue, but lucky enough people like Norman Smiley and Billy Gunn straight up came up to him and was like, 'this is the guy that's been main eventing a lot of your house shows against Finn Balor and Kevin Owens and having killer matches, but then it comes to TV and you book him like a jobber.'"
"I'm not gonna lie, it was scary. When I finally pulled the trigger and really bet on myself that was a scary thing, but I had to bet on myself. I wanted to be a guy remembered for going out on his own way. By leaving on my own terms, it kinda made me a badass character. I quit WWE. Not a lot of people can say that."
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