Chris Masters has discussed his time in rehab while in WWE and how this led to his noticeable change in physique when he returned to the ring.
Now known as Chris Adonis, Masters competed for WWE on and off for four years beginning in 2005. During that time ‘The Masterpiece’ stepped in the ring with WWE icons such as Shawn Michaels, Kane, and Ric Flair.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Masters discussed stepping away from the ring to address some personal issues. In his first run in WWE Masters was suspended twice for violating the company’s Wellness Policy.
“Only after I came back at one point. I had to go to rehab in my first WWE run. When I came out of rehab, I was lighter. Everyone thought I was on steroids, but it wasn’t. I had a prescription pill issue, which a lot of people have had in the business. When I was in rehab, I would wake up every morning and I would go on this 2-mile run. But for someone like me to do something like that, it was for my sanity. By the time I left, I had lost 15-20 lbs. I came back slimmer, and I hadn’t really thought about it [the weight loss]. Because I was in rehab I had much deeper issues. When I came back to WWE, I heard a little bit of chatter. Then I felt some pressure to put on 10lbs and eat a little more. The reaction was enough.”
Chris Masters left WWE shortly after his second suspension to return two years later in 2009. Masters’ second run in WWE was more low-profile than his first appearing mainly on live shows and WWE Superstars.
During his talk with Van Vliet, Masters also discussed his thoughts that John Cena had potentially shut down a feud between the two men.