Exclusive: TJP on what made him "fall out of love" with wrestling in WWE
One of the most surprising releases from WWE this year was undoubtedly former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins.
The winner of WWE's first ever Cruiserweight Classic, and former TNA X-Division Champion would go on to seemingly becoming a mainstay of WWE's 205 Live brand - before disappearing late last year and then being released from the company earlier in 2019.
But what happened before TJP was released, and why did he seem to go AWOL? We asked the man himself.
You can check out our entire interview with TJP here.
There’s not much transparency with their administration. They micromanage everything and have layers of “fall guys” in place to absorb everything. But I always had a direct line with Vince, ever since day one.
All three years I was there, I never hesitated to knock on his door and speak to him face to face - and he always was available to me for that. I learned a lot from him, he listens to everything, considers everything, and I couldn’t ask for more in regards to all that. Some people that have issues with the company I think really have issues with being told, “No.”
I’ve always subscribed to the idea that it’s not my money or my investment. It’s his. So it’s not up to me to decide what’s right for him. I can just suggest what I think is best in regards to what I’m involved in and he decides what he will do from there.
I’m disheartened at the lack of priority for my community and Asians in general, and my goals, but I would never have a problem being told, "No." I can make any situation work. My unhappiness mostly stemmed from the culture of the lower administration. The micromanaging from writers and producers and the way guys are played favorites and manipulated. It makes the job not fun.
My favorite times were dealing with Vince or Hunter directly. They were always kind and fair. But dealing with the 205 producer and creative was miserable. I used to love wrestling. For 20 years, I loved it. Never fell out of love with it until 205.
No matter how bad life was before, I always looked forward to going to the ring for 5-30 minutes on any given night, any given year. But the last few years, I would show up to the arena and wonder how my match that night will be wrestled for me, through a referee's two-way headset. I would be in the ring and often be watching the match unfold just like anyone else on the other side of the guard rail.