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*interview* Kazarian. on why he quit WWE, TNA, Dusty as a booker, and more.
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Default *interview* Kazarian. on why he quit WWE, TNA, Dusty as a booker, and more.

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- Kazarian addressed his recent release from WWE, denying that he left because of a lack of push or writers not recognizing him. Kazarian said it was a personal and professional decision to move away from a situation where he wasn't happy. It wasn't the place for Kazarian to be.

- Kazarian said WWE didn't value him too highly since his release was not publicized on WWE.com with a generic "we wish him the best in future endeavors" message, but was indirectly announced by WWE through the fantasty game on WWE.com. A message was posted that said Kazarian would not be a good pick up for the fantasy roster because he's no longer with the company. Kazarian was merely the guy who was Velocity for six weeks and not worth the time to tell the fans about his release.

- Kazarian said his release from WWE was mutual with both sides unable to work out Kazarian's direction with the promotion. Since Kazarian signed a standard 3-year contract with WWE, he has a 90-day no-compete clause through November where he can't wrestle for a nationally televised promotion. Basically, Kazarian can work for independent promotions, but not TNA. Kazarian said he would like to investigate a return to TNA once his no-compete clause expires. He likes the direction and content of the product with Scott D'Amore, Mike Tenay, Jeremy Borash, and the rest of the bookers guiding the promotion.

- Kazarian said he was never approached by anyone in WWE to change his hair or look when he first signed with the promotion. It was only in the last few days of his employment where his look became an issue.

- Kazarian said he signed with WWE in February after WWE got wind that Kazarian was working without a contract in TNA. Kazarian said he worked without a contract for five-six months in TNA. Once he signed with WWE, he sat on the shelf for a while because WWE creative didn't know what to do with him. WWE promised Kazarian a push as part of a revitalized Cruiserweight division that was to coincide with the debut of Juventud, Psicosis, and Super Crazy. Kazarian said they also considered him as a tweener wrestler from a size perspective with the possibility of being a featured cruiserweight wrestler but also an Intercontinental Champion type wrestler.

- Kazarian said he left TNA and the independent scene for WWE because he always wanted to be a part of WWE dating back to his days watching the old WWF. Kazarian wanted to reach his full potential in WWE after doing all he could for other promotions.

- Kazarian said the WWE product is helped by the amazingly talented wrestlers on the roster and the problem isn't the wrestlers, but the writers and creative staff. Kazarian said the product is a little stale with a lot of talking when people want to see wrestling, especially the cruiserweight wrestlers. On whether he would ever return to WWE, Kazarian said, "Never say never in this business." He left on good terms with the company and definitely wants to keep the door open for a possible return in the future.

- Kazarian said the TNA locker room is a very friendly locker room with a lot of up and coming younger wrestlers who are comfortable working together. Kazarian said the WWE locker room is made up of plenty of veteran wrestlers with the top guys separated from the rest of the wrestlers. There wasn't a real feeling of welcomeness as the veterans wanted the young guys to pay their dues.

- Kazarian said Impact will probably do better than Velocity in the Saturday night timeslot because TNA will be placing more emphasis on Impact through ads and promotion. With Velocity being cancelled by WWE, Kazarian said he hopes WWE finds opportunities for the Velocity regulars on Smackdown instead of releasing them.

- Kazarian gave Dusty Rhodes an "F" letter grade for his performance as booker in TNA. Kazarian said Dusty never capitalized on the potential for Kazarian and Michael Shane, while he was silly for putting Traci Brooks with him instead of two younger wrestlers. Didn't make sense, but it was Dusty's way of booking himself to look hip.

- Kazarian said Dixie and Bob Carter are good people and businesspeople who are definitely committed to the TNA project. There are no signs of them letting up on pushing TNA as far as it can go.

- Kazarian said he values his freedom and independent spirit as a pro wrestler to pursue his passion as a professional wrestler. When he felt he wasn't going to be given that opportunity in WWE, he decided to get out before he turned into a robot doing the WWE style.
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