Chris Van Vliet interviewed Daniel Puder this week for his YouTube channel.
Puder talked about winning WWE’s $100,000,000 Tough Enough but not actually getting a million dollars, the incident with Kurt Angle, Dana White’s plan for him to fight in UFC, his undefeated MMA career, and much more.
Daniel Puder talked about not receiving his $1 million contract after winning Tough Enough: “The biggest part was after about 9 months into the contract, they offered me a contract that was crap. I called my coaches and a couple of my mentors and told them this is what happened. They said if they don’t respect you in the beginning, they are not going to respect you long term. I heard different stories of that with other wrestlers. I made a decision that if a company doesn’t take care of me now, they are not going to take care of me in the future. I was young and took advice. I could have stayed for $50,000 a year. It was guaranteed $250,000 for one year and they let me go after the first year. They offered me another deal and because I didn’t take it, then they let me go. It was a little shady on that. What they should have done was release me out of my current contract and then offer me a contract. At the end of the day, I talked to a few lawyers and tried to find a law firm that is connected in Connecticut that will sue them on contingency. I called around and nobody would do anything. I said I just want to be protected on this deal. I want the deal. I called 3 or 4 firms and I realized it was not worth my time. If somebody wants to screw me or not take care of me, I don’t want to be associated with them.”
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