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NEWS: Former WWE wrestler Barreta talks departure - post-WWE "freedom," frustration being sent to NXT, being "the bottom" of the roster, what's next?, more

Feb 22, 2013 - 10:24:03 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Former WWE wrestler Trent Barreta (Greg Marasciulo) stressed the word "freedom" in an interview with Alfonso Castillo of Newsday when discussing his departure from WWE.

Marasciulo says he felt like members of WWE management did not know who he is, did not have any ideas for his character, and insulted him when he was sent to NXT Developmental one year ago in February 2012 when he recovered from an injury.

“That sucked. That was very frustrating. I didn’t want to be there at all,” Marasciulo said.

Marasciulo's WWE buddy, Zack Ryder, tried re-introducing the Trent Barreta character with a series of "Where's Trent?" vignettes in Ryder's defunct YouTube show, but the return never materialized on television.

“I was at the bottom. I mean way at the bottom. Pretty much, I was the bottom,” Marasciulo said. “But I always felt like I had good matches... I felt like I was having some of the best matches of the entire night, and people didn’t even know who I was."

Marasciulo says a conversation with Wade Barrett, who he rose through the Developmental ranks with, painted a picture of why he felt he would be going nowhere in WWE.

“He (Barrett) said, ‘They’ve done all of this for me,’” Marasciulo said. “You can pitch all these ideas, but at the end of the day, they’re going to pick the guys they’re going to go with.”

Next for Marasciulo is a wrestling appearance for NYWC in Long Island, N.Y. on Saturday. Marasciulo is also slated for a trip to the West Coast in March to wrestle as "Trent?" for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's "All-Star Weekend" shows.

[ LINK: Marasciulo's full interview can be read here at Newsday.com ]

[ FYI: NYWC's "Psycho Circus" features Trent?, Jerry Lynn, Tony Nese, Big O, and Mike Mondo. Full details here at NYWCWrestling.com ]


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