Former IMPACT World Champion and WWE Superstar EC3 has revealed the moment which saw his personal love of wrestling end.
EC3 was speaking on the Wrestling Inc Daily podcast, where he went into detail about his most recent clash with Adam Scherr, formerly known as Braun Strowman, at Free The Narrative 2: The Monster In Us All.
The former NXT Superstar explained that he and Scherr had been friends for a long time, before recalling how the Monster Among Men approached him to be part of Free The Narrative.
“We’ve always been close and teaming together on adventures, and we traveled together on the road, but let’s not forget, I mean, you should forget it because it’s very forgettable, my last appearance on a corporate wrestling platform was my friend being sent out there to maul me, destroy me, throw me through a stage. And I was never seen again,” EC3 recalled. “As he told me that day, and I understand because I’ve been in this industry for a very long time, it is business, and it was business and that business didn’t work out for me in that aspect.
“But he knew, when he’s lost it all, he’s seen what I’ve done. He’s seen the original Free The Narrative and said it was the first time he’s watched wrestling in completion, and he’s been doing it for a very long time because he’s so disinterested and dissatisfied with the same old same old, the status quo. So he knocked on my door because he knew the release I can give him. He knew I was the man to help bring him forward. Whether it’s a win or a loss within the narrative, that doesn’t matter. What matters is him becoming what he’s supposed to be.”
EC3 went on to give his thoughts on Bray Wyatt and his release by WWE. The former IMPACT star described the moment when Goldberg defeated The Fiend at Super ShowDown in early 2020 as “the day that wrestling died.”
At the time Wyatt held the Universal Championship and had dominant over the WWE roster since the creation of his ‘Fiend’ persona. In the match Goldberg defeated Wyatt in less than three minutes. At the following WrestleMania, Goldberg lost the championship to Braun Strowman.
“Bray Wyatt, Windham, is one of the most creative and talented people I’ve ever met, especially in this industry,” EC3 said. “I’ve watched him from his inception in FCW coming in as Axel Mulligan and develop what he did and find inspiration he finds in the world outside of the wrestling bubble and bring it in all these unique ways. He was one person that really inspired the Control Your Narrative movement because I’ve never seen somebody so creative try so hard, and be so unique, and do so many different things and take it upon himself to create these things, creating The Fiend and The Funhouse.
“I’m like, this is amazing, and then I remember, I would call this the day wrestling died for me, I wasn’t even there, when he just got beat by Goldberg. I’ve watched this man work so hard, and be so unique, and be so creative, and do so many different things, and take it upon himself developing something so special, to have it just thrown away by someone’s decision. That’s where Control Your Narrative came from. Tell your story within the narrative.”
EC3 was released by WWE in April 2020. Since leaving the company he briefly returned to IMPACT while also appearing for Ring Of Honor.
After months of inactivity Bray Wyatt as released by WWE on July 31st and is yet to return to the ring. Wyatt has continually been linked with both AEW and IMPACT but at time of writing no official announcements have been made.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.