That call was to depart from the WWE after being with the company for years in order to sign with TNA in 2005 to become a main eventer. He made his promotional debut at TNA’s pay-per-view event Genesis event and was under contract with the promotion until 2009.
During his time with TNA, he held the NWA World Heavyweight Title twice. He would finish out his career with the WWE. Christian opened up on this decision and his time with TNA during a recent appearance on the ‘Prime Time With Sean Mooney’ podcast.
“So, my thought process going into TNA was, I felt like I kinda had hit, sort of a roadblock in WWE as far as, where I stood. I felt like I was just kind of, ‘Alright this is where he’s at. This is where he’s gonna be’, and it just didn’t seem [like] much was gonna change no matter what I did, and I felt like I was getting really strong reactions and having great matches and nothing was changing, and if you wanna change things you have to change it yourself. You can’t expect somebody else to do it for you.” Christian explained. “So, my contract was coming up and my mindset was, ‘Take a chance on yourself. Bet on yourself like you did all those other times. Go away for a few.
He continued by stating, “When I left I had every intention of coming back when the time was right. I needed to get out of the grind, and I needed to prove to myself even if it was on a smaller platform, that I could work at the top of card and stay there, and they gave me an amazing opportunity at TNA — I had a great time there. Dixie Carter was really, really good to me. I’ll never say a bad word about my time there, but they gave me the opportunity to prove to myself and grow as a performer and to gain the maturity that maybe I hadn’t quite had in the previous years. So, when I went back, I felt that I was more of a complete package.”
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