Indie wrestling star Ezra Judge recently spoke with Fightful about a variety of topics, including what his experience was in WWE, and how he was totally blindsided by getting released a few weeks ago. Highlights from the interview are below.
How he filmed a commercial for SmackDown two weeks before his release, and how he got the opportunity to pick the brains of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon:
“I didn’t do much security work (as an extra) because I was just too big. The writers and producers would joke around like, ‘we can’t have him here.’ There was a scene they wanted me to do in the club or something and [Steve] Corino joked around and said, ‘You don’t look like security in the club, you look like you own the club. We can’t have you here.’ I did get the opportunity to shoot a SmackDown commercial two weeks before I got released and I spent some time really getting to know and pick the mind of Triple H, Stephanie, and it was awesome.”
Says his time in WWE was awesome but he was blindsided by his release:
“My time at WWE was awesome. When I got released, it was a total blindside. People thought I was joking or it was a joke. I was always told that I had to be protected or I had to be used in a role where….because a guy like me doesn’t come around often, from their mouth to my ears, they said they couldn’t afford to put a 6’7”, 270-pound guy out there and make a mistake because it falls back on them because they didn’t do a good job protecting him. I was told to keep being the hardest worker in the room, like our good friend Dwayne Johnson, and I was always told, ‘You guys share a lot and you have enough charisma to fill the room. Your work ethic is good, just keep your head down and keep doing it.’ That’s what I did. I kept my mouth shut, put my head down, came to work, put my best foot forward and worked. This is where it led me to.”
Details on the commercial:
“Bloom (contacted me) and it was after my last match. We had PC live matches and I had a really good match. He was telling me how proud of me he was and how I was progressing and how the PC live (matches) have benefitted me and I was using it to my advantage. He came up to me right before the show ended and was like, ‘I want you to go to Tampa. They need some talent for a commercial and I trust you to do it.’”