– Fightful recently interviewed Sami Callihan, who discussed his career, including passing on a 30-day non-compete clause from WWE when he left NXT and the creative liberation that’s felt when you get outside WWE. Below are some highlights.
Sami Callihan on the creative liberation on leaving WWE: “Pretty much all these guys are friends and guys Ive known pretty much my entire career, for 10-15 years. I think its one of those things, I think all the guys thatd recently came into IMPACT! Wrestling are like, Oh, my God, I can do that here? or Oh, my gosh, are you serious? I can do that here? Its like taking handcuffs off. Its letting a bird out of its cage and letting it back into the wild. Theyre either gonna strive or theyre gonna fail. A lot of the guys IMPACT! brought in, if not all the guys, are going to be very successful or else they wouldnt be at IMPACT! I think IMPACT!s track record over the past three years of the guys theyve brought in pretty much kill it every single time.”
Callihan on opting out of his 30-day non-compete clause when he left WWE: “I think there was maybe just a hint of uncertainty. I was one of those guys, I didnt take the 30 day paycheck to sit at home. I was like, Im gonna go out, create a buzz in two days. So, thats why I showed up at two indie shows, and made more money than I would have made at NXT that week. Im not taking all the credit, but I think Im one of the guys that really launched the indie wrestling level back up to where it was when I left WWE because it showed that indie wrestling really could be a successful place. From there Ive pretty much wrestled for every major wrestling company on the planet.”