Frankie Kazarian might be best known for his time in TNA/IMPACT or even his spell in Ring Of Honor, but in 2005 he also made a brief stop in WWE.
While Kazarian was only in the company for six months, he enjoyed a short unbeaten streak on WWE television before returning to the independent scene.
Appearing on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Kazarian reflected on his time WWE, explaining that he wasn’t “mentally mature enough” to handle the wrestling business during his short run.
“So for me, when I got to WWE, my short stint there, I never really took wrestling seriously as a business. What I mean by that is, wrestling was my passion. It was what I always wanted to do. What I loved. I worked my ass off, moved across the country to train to do it. I did every show. If you set up a ring, I would be there. I worked so hard at it, and all the sudden I started getting paid to do it. Then all the sudden I got a contract. Then all the sudden I was getting weekly pay checks, and it was just like, ‘Cool, this was all part of it.’ When I got to WWE, I realized quickly, ‘Oh, this is a business.’ At that time of my life, I don’t think I was mentally mature enough to handle the professional wrestling business on that level. WWE is — they’ve been around forever. They have it nailed. WWE is never going anywhere. I wasn’t ready to be the businessman that I needed to be. So, what my short run there taught me is that, yes, this is my passion, this is my heart and my soul, but I’m a businessman and I need to treat this like a business. So I’ll always be grateful for my time there for that because that was one of those lessons that kind of slapped me right in the face at the right time in my life.”
In January 2019 Frankie Kazarian joined AEW after enjoying a fruitful four-year spell with Ring Of Honor.
Along with his partner Scorpio Sky, the former TNA X Division Champion became one of half the first ever AEW Tag Team Champions the following October. More recently Kazarian has competed in singles competition, losing out to
Christian Cage in his AEW in-ring debut.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.