Former Superstar hints issue over his hair contributed to WWE exit

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When a wrestler leaves the WWE, it is usually because of one of a select few reasons.

A failure to connect with the WWE Universe, a misdemeanour away from the squared circle or retiring from wrestling altogether are all common explanations given when a Superstar departs.

Cutting ties

However, for Frankie Kazarian, a current Ring of Honor star who was with the WWE in 2005, his departure was seemingly caused, in part at least, by something a little more unusual - a refusal to cut his hair.


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"The suggestion was to cut my hair, and, at that point, I wasn't mature enough to be there," Kazarian said during an appearance on Chris Jericho's 'Talk is Jericho' podcast recently.

"All I knew about wrestling was some Japan, TNA, and Indies. I didn't know how to treat it as a business and that's 100% on me.

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"They could have suggested, 'hey, switch your tights' and I would have done the same. It was literally like, 'no, I'm not going to do that. You brought me in to do this and I'm not going to do that'. And I have a rebellious spirit and it [has] cost me jobs and stuff.

"But I wasn't ready. If I would have stayed, I wouldn't have lasted long anyway, just because I wasn't mentally ready to treat it like a business."

The current ROH tag team champion joined WWE in '05 from TNA and, after a spell in the Ohio Valley Wrestling development brand, actually had a two-month unbeaten run on the Velocity show which included wins over the likes of Scotty 2 Hotty.

Issues behind the scenes, including his protective stance on the long black hair he sported in those days, put pay to his WWE career, however, and he left just six months after joining.

Sticking to his guns

Any wrestler who joins the WWE must be aware that, if they are to make it in the world's biggest wrestling promotion, they will have to put their faith in the organisation's creative team.

That can mean embracing full character changes or heel turns, or alterations that will affect them outside of the squared circle too. Usually, with their job on the line, they are more than happy to go along with it.

Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like, at 27-years-old, Kazarian was in the right frame of mind to do that.

In some ways, he should be credited for sticking to his guns and not handing himself over completely to the WWE like some others have done.

Nevertheless, despite a long and successful post-WWE career, there must be times when the wrestling veteran thinks how different things could have been had he just cut his hair and cut back a little on his rebellious attitude back in 2005.

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