During an interview with Sean Ross Sapp of WrestlingInc, Ethan Carter III was asked about his negotiation process with TNA after he left WWE.
“I have people I talked to, even throughout my tenure in WWE. I wasn’t stupid, I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. You keep your ducks in a row, but I came over based on Dave Lagana’s recommendation and John Gaburick being in WWE and seeing something in me when I was over there. It’s really a perfect storm of an opportunity, because if I had any kind of a real run on WWE TV, I wouldn’t be able to transition into this character. Going under the radar completely sucked at the time, but it couldn’t have worked out any better for me.”
EC3 was also asked about if he knew his release was coming. He responded, “I kind of knew when I wrestled Cesaro on Saturday Morning Slam. It was cool and we were having fun. I was in this weird spot where I was maybe getting this character that I was pitching, but I didn’t know because there you never know. I did a suicide dive and dislocated my kneecap, and thought it was probably my last WWE match. There was a transition in the office. Old guys are leaving, new guys are coming in. The guys who signed you aren’t going to be in power anymore. There’s no one in your corner per se, because they want to make their own people and it’s business, I get that. I just wish I didn’t have to go through the last five months of developmental. I could have just walked out that day with my head held high.”