A WWE Hall of Famer has opened up about their release from the company admitting that they were the architect of their own downfall.
Teddy Long began his career in the wonderful world of professional wrestling back in the early-to-mid 1980’s before officially becoming part of Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985.
After beginning life as a referee, Long became a manager and remained with WCW into the 90’s after it replaced JCP. Long moved to WWE in 1998, again starting as a referee before becoming a manager and eventually SmackDown General Manager.
The veteran remained with the company until he was released in June 2014.
Speaking during a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, Long addressed his departure from WWE, taking full responsibility. The star explained that he put on a significant amount of weight and failed a drugs test of marijuana, which helped give WWE an opportunity to let him go.
“I was stressed a little bit. I put on some weight. So I think that had a lot to do with it. I’m not blaming WWE, I’m blaming myself, because I got low stress. And I put on this weight and stuff. And then Vince [McMahon] always took care of me. And they have a drug policy there about smoking the marijuana. So I quit smoking weed, because I didn’t want to let Vince down and I didn’t want to fail no drug test because I’ve respected him enough that he gave me this opportunity, and I’m not gonna f**k it up.
So that’s why I quit smoking the weed. And then after a while being stressed out after four or five years I started riding with certain people. I won’t call their name, because I don’t want to put them out there.
But anyway, I started back to smoking weed and I mess around and failed one of the drug tests and put that weight on. And I know Vince hates that. He hates the weight and Mark and tell you about that. So I blamed myself. I was the cause of my release. But you know, they were gonna do it anyway. But I think I helped them.”
Despite his departure from WWE, Teddy Long has continued to make occasional appearances with the company, as well as being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.