Former WWE superstar Brodus Clay has explained his frustration at his wrestling exit after he was one of the 11 wrestlers that were fired by Vince McMahon this month.
WWE and McMahon have ran into many problems in recent months, some of which has been put down to the company's attempts to develop their own network.
After the failure to pick up sufficient numbers on fan subscriptions to the network and a poor stock floating, WWE was left haemorrhaging at a record rate. This then forced McMahon into a swift and cut throat decision to fire 11 wrestlers and one staff writer.
Brodus Clay was of course one of the unlucky eleven to be given the boot from the company in an abrupt and unsavoury sequence of events that has left him feeling bitter. Not given much warning from McMahon, he's naturally frustrated with the whole situation. However, he admits the warning signs were there well before his time, with McMahon choosing to leave him on the sidelines, thus leaving a feeling for Clay that he might as well not be there at all.
"If I'm not able to be out there and contribute I don't want to be there," Clay explained this week. "If you're not going to bring it, then sitting around on the sidelines is not something I want to do. I was a little bit frustrated. This is where creative [was] in one of those funks where they don't know what to do. I probably could have handled it a little better but I'm one of those guys who, when I'm frustrated, do not get vocal."
Change of character
Before his departure he was somewhat of a fans favorite. Originally his character was disliked by fans and seen as a menacing wrester, but that soon changed when his name changed to "The Funkasauras," before he eventually joined Lord Tensai to form the team Tons of Funk. Speaking this week, he explained gimmick's origins.
"I was like, 'Well it's different,'" he continued. "When something is put at you, when you've worked on something else for quite some time. Once I was told the direction we were going, the Funkasaurus [name] I figured out with my trainer Rob, [Naomi and Cameron] were my pitch, and all I asked was could I see [Dusty Rhodes] and go down to the [NXT] school and figure it out. It was a lot of support, and it wasn't a bad thing. We kept running those vignettes of the juggernaut and the monster character so people had no idea what was going on. On this day of stooges and the Internet and all that kind of stuff it didn't get out."
Missing out on the Super Bowl of wrestling
Amongst many disappointments during his journeyman style wrestling career one depressing moment stands above all else. That moment came when he thought he was going to appear in WrestleMania XXIX only for time restrictions to kick in and devastate dreams.
"You're devastated. You're disappointed," Clay added. "You help your team get to the Super Bowl, then your coach, for some reason, doesn't call your number. You know, as it went down, they were fighting for every last minute."