During his appearance on “Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia’, Aron Stevens discussed how he knew his time with the WWE was coming to an end after his Damien Mizdow gimmick concluded. Here’s what he had to say:
It wasn’t the easiest time. Like, how do we get out of MIZdown? I explained to them, give me three minutes on TV, and I’ll take care of it. It’s weird, I don’t remember a lot of locations in my career. I remember a couple. We were in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and I went out there and just talked to them [WWE Universe] as me. I said, ‘Look, five years ago, I came to the WWE in a blue bathrobe and used a bunch of $5 words.’ It was just a conversation, and it worked. I remember going to the back and Road Dogg was very, very happy with it.
Then, that next week, I was dressed up like Randy Savage, with no explanation, after I do this promo on Raw about how I was going to start being me. So, I got that over with and I was with Joe Hennig [Curtis Axel], and then we had to stop doing that because I just wasn’t doing what I wanted to be doing, in terms of the role, per se. Like, they’d come out and hit Randy Savage’s music or Hulk Hogan’s music, and it was fun. I loved working with Joe Hennig. It was awesome. Joe is one of the best. But, you know again, in terms of logical progression of a character, it wasn’t ideally what I wanted to be doing. But, again, I was with my buddy Joe Hennig, and we were having a blast. Then, one day, that kind of went away, and really after that, I was on a full-time live event schedule, and I didn’t see the light of day. I couldn’t even get the dark matches. I was off of TV completely for 6-9 months, something like that.
If they would have said, ‘Hey, cut your hair, gain weight, lose weight, go to wearing long tights or give us something, you know, I would’ve done it. My whole thing was I enjoyed being a low maintenance talent. Give me my marching orders. If I want to change something in a promo a little bit, I’ll say what I’ve got to say; let everyone know. I don’t mean to be like knocking on the boss’ office every week, and following him around every two seconds. No, I’m a professional. I’m paid to do my job. Whatever is on the agenda today, go ahead, do the best you can and do it. I do not have a reputation as a politicker…I’m responsible for my performance, and I’ll make it the best performance that I can. I don’t want to be selfish and outshine anybody. I just want to make it the best I can in front of a live audience. And, if someone can’t keep up with me, that’s on them.
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