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Former WWE star and current Crossfire Wrestling wrestler Chris Adonis aka "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio Tuesday Night. In a nearly 45 minute interview, he discussed his recent tattoo work done on his arm, his work on Ring Ka King in India, his recent work on the indies and the freedom it entails, if he could see himself working for TNA, being a part of Wrestlemania 22 and the Wrestlemania experience for the workers, if he feel his first push was ‘too much too soon', his experience at Crossfire wrestling before and the Nashville crowd, getting to work with Rowdy Roddy Piper and even being in Piper's Pit, what he feels his best match was and the use of ring psychology, working for Crossfire Wrestling and his upcoming match at the second National TV Taping and much more.
His feelings about the current status on the indies and if he wants to see himself in TNA: "I mean, I really enjoyed working for TNA and the Ring Ka King project because it was a great crew all around; Jeff Jarrett was awesome. It was definitely a different environment from the WWE and I did do a dark match with them and it went very well, but I will say this: I am happy with what I'm doing because I'm able to have the freedom of my schedule in being able to book myself out there for indy shows. For instance, if I was with TNA right now, I wouldn't be able to do Crossfire, because they don't let their guys do TV gigs anymore. It's definitely something I have interest in, I mean it just comes out to my only passion is wrestling and I've devoted my whole life to it. So, you just have to look at what your options are on the table and, you know, there's not many. You pretty much have it laid out; you can do what I'm doing right now where you can aspire for TNA but the only place you're going to get rich is WWE. So that's just the comparison I make, throwing off TNA a little bit. I would definitely love to be with WWE again possible but it's like a trade-off. WWE is a very stressful job that basically devours your life; you've got to be married to it and it's hard to always enjoy it. So, with what I'm doing now, you can't get rich but you can make a living and you can still perform the art of professional wrestling and just enjoy doing it.
Not all indy shows are the best, obviously, but there's pockets here and there that you can go to, like Crossfire for instance, where you have live and passionate fans; if you have a venue that's built for 2,000 and it's filled, you get the same adrenaline rush as you would, say, for 19,000 people because you have that condensed energy. So, it's a lot of fun to me and I just enjoy doing it so I'm going to keep doing it as long as I can whether it be continuing indy wrestling, Whether it be TNA or WWE or Japan, whatever. But I'm also at other revenue streams, of course."
If being in the ring with veterans like Big Show and Kane at his first Wrestlemania helped: "One thing about, especially that first run in WWE was that I worked with a lot of guys like that. I worked with Big Show and Kane and Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Hunter. I mean, you would think one would be more nervous, probably, going out to work with those guys but, to be honest, I mean there's just more comfort because they've been in every situation in the book and these guys are, they just; things do go wrong and they will fix it, you know? So, I could always at that point in my career, especially if I was with a guy like Big Show or Kane or Shawn Michaels or someone that was better than me, I could have a good match. I couldn't necessarily lead a guy that at my level or below to a good match. That was something, in my second run that I learned to develop; just through years in the business and it just takes time. I got signed at 19 and was rushed onto the stage within a couple of years so by the time the second run came around it was I had been wrestling for about 8 years and you start to understand what they mean by storytelling more, and not thing of matches in the same terms; not of moves and what not but in being emotionally invested. So, that kind of stuff helped me lead guys in my other run, like I became the guy that could have good matches with guys that had less experience than me and pull good matches out of them, you know?"
Was his first run with the WWE a case of ‘too much too soon': "It was a number of things, you know what I mean? It was too much too soon in that I was too young and immature that I didn't really appreciate the opportunity that was handed to me because they really had the machine behind me the first time. But, at the same time, I mean I was on course; I would have done well but I did a lot to sabotage myself, as far as I was supposed to win the IC Title at one point and all kinds of things, but I had my personal issues and I had to go to rehab and that was the halting point of my career. So, I wouldn't have had my personal problems, I don't think it would have been ‘too much too soon', and I think I would have been able to develop and get better and continue progressing; my career wouldn't have hit such a dramatic halt. And then, after I did hit that halt, it was such a climb from that point thereafter just to get any kind of momentum or faith from the office at the same time. So, I'm not putting the blame onto the WWE for putting me up too quick, I'm just saying it was a combination of me being young, being too immature and being too much too quick (like you said) and then me making bad decisions."
What he feels his best match was and the use of ring psychology in matches: "You watch, when you get the chance, it was on WWE Superstars but fortunately we got about 15... (Continues on next page)