Byron Saxton Reveals How His In-Ring Career Came To An End, Praises Dusty Rhodes


During this week’s edition of the “After the Bell with Corey Graves” podcast, Byron Saxton commented on how his in-ring career came to an end, Dusty Rhodes saving his job, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On his in-ring career ending: “So, 2012 was my final match in NXT. We had already transitioned of course from FCW. And at the time, I had been in development longer than anybody. I was there for 5 years and change. And this was a time where again, there was a lot of transitioning happening from FCW to NXT. We had a new coaching staff come in. Bill DeMott, funny enough, had come back into the fold. And I gather from the outside looking in, I think the new administration probably came in and went, ‘Okay. Who do we have on our roster here in developmental? How long have they been here, what’s their career trajectory?’ And that ended up translating into a phone call that I received one day from talent relations. Someone else in a higher position, I guess I’ll say. And I was basically told, ‘Listen. If you like to continue our professional wrestling career with this company, that may not be possible. But if you would like to pursue something else behind the scenes, then we might still have an opportunity.’ And that was that. So I, trying to be a smart forward-thinking businessman, I said to myself ‘Well, I’m not opposed to learning a new skill.’ And I know — look, I still wanted to wrestle. That bug never goes away, as you know. But I said, I mean, it’s a risk. I don’t know where this road’s going to take me. But if the company is basically telling me I’m going to be fired if I want to continue being a wrestler, let me see what this other option is. And that’s how it came to an end.”


On how Dusty Rhodes saved his career: “So at the time when they said to me, ‘Hey, your wrestling career is ending, you’re going to be doing something behind the scenes,’ I didn’t exactly know what that meant until I walked in the office that day and found out I’m basically going to be Dusty’s assistant. And that goes back to just the unexpected, like, my gosh, what an opportunity to sit under the learning tree of one of the most creative and influential individuals that our industry has ever seen. Sitting next to him every morning, as he planned out promo class, being able to help teach promo class with him, help with character development. Actually getting to sit down with talent and come up with names, come up with entrances. I remember at one point, I don’t know if you recall, it was me you and Terry Taylor going over your entrance. So just having the chance to again, learn a different aspect of this business and apply some creative juices was awesome. And Dusty himself, my gosh, he saved my job. I mean, there was a time in FCW where I know for a fact it was basically me or someone else that was going to go. And I know that Dusty spoke up for me to keep me around. So I am forever in debt to what he has done for me.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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