WWE News EXCLUSIVE: Former WWE star Snitsky details why he left WWE, frustration with Creative process, what does he think of Tensai being turned into comedy act?
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:58:41 AM
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Former WWE wrestler Snitsky (Gene Snisky) detailed his side of why he parted ways with WWE in December 2008 during an exclusive interview on Wednesday's PWTorch Livecast.
"It just came down to the point of creative differences," Snisky told PWTorch columnist Pat McNeill on the Livecast. "I was going back and forth with the writers and kicking around different ideas of what we were going to do with the character. And, I just didn't really like the direction they were going with my character."
Snisky, who is currently starring in movies and making limited independent wrestling appearances, said he "put a lot of time and effort" into his heel character and he felt WWE was "making it what I didn't want it to be."
"I was in one of those situations where I either stick around and collect a paycheck and be disgruntled or tell Vince (McMahon) how I feel and walk away," Snisky said. "Obviously, I chose the second option. And, I'm glad I did because I don't ever want to be the guy who just sticks around for a paycheck. If I'm not doing things my way, then I don't want to be there."
Snitsky added, "They were killing my character, I didn't like it, and I was fighting tooth and nail every week at TV. I had my head up against the brick wall because they didn't want to budge and I didn't want to budge, so ultimately I went up to Vince and said, 'Look, either use me the right way how I want to be used or I don't want to be here.' So, I left."
Asked if he being turned into a "comedy heel" was his main source of frustration, Snisky said it was more that he was being slotted as an enhancement talent, which did not see himself as.
"It wasn't necessarily the comedy aspect, but I felt myself being transitioned into a guy who develops their talent. And, I didn't want to be that guy," Snitsky said. "I've always been a starter and 'the guy.' I didn't want to be a benchwarmer when they need a guy to lose to C.M. Punk or Santino. And, I told them. I said, 'It's not what I'm here for. If you're not going to use me the way I see I fit, then I don't want to be here.'"
Snisky says one example from the current product is how Tensai (Matt Bloom) has been transitioned into a comedy character. It's the type of role that he fought to avoid, which contributed to him leaving WWE.
"Look at my friend Tensai. They're turning him and his character into a joke. They have coming out there and doing this goofy s--- now," Snisky said. "When he first started, he was killing everyone. Before you know it, now he's doing lingerie segments on Raw. I'm like, 'C'mon.' It's insulting to me as a fan, it's insulting to my intelligence - a guy who's 6'8" and 350 pounds and can probably squash 90 percent of the guys on the roster - and they have him go out and do that. It's just my opinion."
Snisky also identified an internal struggle in WWE - the writers come up with ideas for wrestlers to fit Vince McMahon's mindset and the talent become frustrated because the ideas do not fit how they see their characters.
"It's not even the political thing. It's they have a staff of writers that write your stuff," Snisky said. "They don't know who I am, they don't know my athletic background, they don't know I was a Division-1 college football player, they don't know I played pro football. When you try to explain it to them, they have this mindset of, 'We have this idea for your character,' but I'm like, 'That's not my character. I'm my character. I have a better idea of my character than you ever will.' So, it was a constant battle with the writers; they have their way of doing things, which I just didn't agree with."
[ FYI: Snisky is starring in a new movie titled "Manhunt" that has been nominated by the Horror Society Movie Awards in the category of 'Most Anticipated Film of 2013.' The voting is here at HorrorSociety.com ]
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