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Carlito says he was in a dark place during his last WWE run, how today's locker room compares to the previous era

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Corey Graves welcomed Carlito as his guest on this week's "After The Bell" podcast. Carlito talked about his physical transformation, why he was gone for so long after his exit from WWE in 2010, and much more.

Here are a couple of highlights:

Carlito was asked what is the biggest change he sees in WWE compared to his last run there:

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“The culture in the back is a lot tamer. I think it’s a lot healthier in the back. It seems like the guys are generally happy in the back. That is a good thing to see. I feel like the guys are smarter now. It seems like they are being taken care of now. The Wellness Policy is another good idea. We were crazier back in those days, so I think it’s a good thing to have that under control and make sure everyone is on the up and up and are taking care of themselves. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.”

Carlito on getting in better shape:

“When I left WWE, I was in a dark place. I’m only 20 pounds heavier than when I was at my peak. When I left, I think I was 189 pounds. As you can see the outfits and my hair, I was at a point I didn’t care about anything. I think as soon as I was released, it was the first time I finally got a breather. From there, I decided I’m going to get in the best shape I could. I wanted to get myself together. First thing I did was fix my hair. I wanted to get in the best shape I could just for me to feel better about myself.”

You can listen to the entire interview now via your favorite podcast app on iOS and Android devices.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit After The Bell with Corey Graves with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription