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EC3 was prepared to ask for his WWE release before COVID-19 pandemic

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EC3 did an interview with PWinsider.com following his non-compete deal with WWE expiring. Of course, WWE let him go back in April due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In this interview, EC3 revealed that he was actually preparing to ask for his release for the company. However, once the outbreak of COVID-19 hit in the United States, he took a step back and weighed his options.

EC3 started out by talking about how once he was on the main roster and seeing how he was booked, he started to realize that he was unhappy all of the time. That weighed on him to the point where it made him not be the best version of himself.

He stated that after coming back from injury, he wasn’t being used and he had a few months where he wasn’t even used.

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“What do I have to offer besides... You don't know, because they haven't tried, but it makes me expendable, and I'm okay with that. I'm fine with the professional aspect of that. At the same time, I was realizing how unhappy of a person I was. I was prepared to ask to be released. Everybody does all that shut. They go on social media, and they whine and complain. I never do that, or they would ask, and then post on social media about it. I wouldn't do that. I'd have a direct conversation man to man, let the chips fall where they may.”

EC3 continued, “But at the same time, we're walking into a COVID world. Who knows what's going to happen, especially, what was that? March and April, we had no clue what was going on. The economy gets shut down. I have a job that pays well. My parents own a business, which is being throttled by this shutdown. I know I have to stick it out for as long as possible.”

He stated that if something drastic happened to his parents then he could take care of them. However, he admitted that “at the same time, if it was business as usual, I probably would have tried to, 'Let's do something,' or, 'I have to go because I'm not happy' But with the pandemic, I just held on, and business-wise, yeah, get rid of me.”

He stated that once he got the release, he didn’t look at it by thinking that he was better off but rather "see you." While it didn’t hurt his feelings, he did feel relieved right away and knew that everything would be fine. He did understand that due to the pandemic, things in the world weren’t the same but he had 90 days until his non-compete deal expired to figure it out.

EC3 also talked about his run with WWE, his character, and more. You can read the entire interview here.