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March 15, 2015

Rhyno Talks How WWE NXT Deal Happened, Why He Was Released By WWE, More

Journey Of A Frontman recently interviewed Tommy Dreamer at House of Hardcore 8 last weekend. Below are some highlights:

His first NXT appearance coming out of nowhere:

"Yeah, it really came out of nowhere. I was just finishing up a loop one day and they're like, 'Hey, you wanna come down to NXT?' I'm like, 'Yeah.' That's all I've heard about, NXT this and NXT that from the fans. Really, if you're gonna make a splash, you want to do it where everybody's talking about."

His WWE release in 2005:

"Well I was released from WWE for a little incident, but it's not a secret. It involved alcohol and I was going through a difficult time in my life. Alcohol wasn't an issue, I just happened to be drinking. And I was very irresponsible. As a man, you have to take responsibility for your actions. Every action. There was no physicality, I just threw a flower pot. I laugh at it now and my ex-wife laughs at it now. But like I said, you have to be a man and stand up. No matter what was said or done, there is no excuse for the behavior. And when you behave, you have to be responsible. I understand what I had to do, I had to work hard and work towards the indies. We already had the One Night Stand booked and I fulfilled my commitment with that. They wanted me to honor that commitment and we did good business.

"We professionally parted ways. They were good on their part and did everything as far as they were contractually obligated to, they did not try to mess around or anything. It was just one of those things where it was a very good learning experience. But it was a good situation for me. I made it a good situation by learning from the mistake and that mistake becomes an error, then I move forward in my career. I put my nose to the grindstone and worked to keep my career going. I moved forward, there's no dispute about it. I began to create some good memories like working with 'The Monster' Abyss, he's a great talent. I worked on the independents and developed a great relationship with the fans. I met and interacted with them, one on one, on a smaller intimate level. You have that time and you have that ability. When you're doing the bigger venues, it's harder because there's so many more fans and it can get chaotic."

Rhyno talked more about NXT, what it means to him, Brian Kendrick making his NXT debut, working his first match in NXT and more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

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