Former IMPACT World Champion and WWE Superstar EC3 has picked out the moment he watched wrestling and realised it had died for him.
Speaking on the Wrestling Inc Daily podcast, he dicussed his recent contest on Free The Narrative with Adam Scherr – the former Braun Strowman, who was competing in his first match since being released by WWE in June 2021.
EC3 recalled how ‘The Monster Among Men’ approached him about being part of the event, as the pair had been friends for a long time – including being part of the former’s final moments in WWE.
We’ve always been close and teaming together on adventures, and we traveled together on the road, but let’s not forget, I mean, you should forget it because it’s very forgettable, my last appearance on a corporate wrestling platform was my friend being sent out there to maul me, destroy me, throw me through a stage. And I was never seen again. As he told me that day, and I understand because I’ve been in this industry for a very long time, it is business, and it was business and that business didn’t work out for me in that aspect.
But he knew, when he’s lost it all, he’s seen what I’ve done. He’s seen the original Free The Narrative and said it was the first time he’s watched wrestling in completion, and he’s been doing it for a very long time because he’s so disinterested and dissatisfied with the same old same old, the status quo. So he knocked on my door because he knew the release I can give him. He knew I was the man to help bring him forward. Whether it’s a win or a loss within the narrative, that doesn’t matter. What matters is him becoming what he’s supposed to be.
Talking of releases, he went on to discuss Bray Wyatt’s termination by WWE. He also claimed that the former Fiend was part of “the day that wrestling died” for him, when Wyatt lost to Goldberg at Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia.
After months of The Fiend being dominant as WWE Champion, he was destroyed for the title in under three minutes by Goldberg, who would go on to hold the title until the following year’s WrestleMania where he lost the belt to Strowman.
Bray Wyatt, Windham, is one of the most creative and talented people I’ve ever met, especially in this industry. I’ve watched him from his inception in FCW coming in as Axel Mulligan and develop what he did and find inspiration he finds in the world outside of the wrestling bubble and bring it in all these unique ways. He was one person that really inspired the Control Your Narrative movement because I’ve never seen somebody so creative try so hard, and be so unique, and do so many different things and take it upon himself to create these things, creating The Fiend and The Funhouse.
I’m like, this is amazing, and then I remember, I would call this the day wrestling died for me, I wasn’t even there, when he just got beat by Goldberg. I’ve watched this man work so hard, and be so unique, and be so creative, and do so many different things, and take it upon himself developing something so special, to have it just thrown away by someone’s decision. That’s where Control Your Narrative came from. Tell your story within the narrative.
EC3 was released by WWE in April 2020, and since then briefly returned to IMPACT Wrestling following a short vignette at that year’s Slammiversary. He also appeared for Ring Of Honor.
Bray Wyatt has been continuously linked with the likes of AEW and IMPACT Wrestling following his release, which took place on 31st July 2021 after months of him being an inactive member of the roster.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.