Following his release from WWE two weeks ago, Trent Barreta has opened up to Slam! Wrestling, discussing where he was when he was told the news, why it happened, as well as revealing his plans for the future.
Barreta explained to writer Jason Clevett that he was not surprised by the move, which he expected. The performer, who had been with the company since 2007, was relegated to the lower mid-card for most of his stint, before eventually finding himself demoted to developmental.
Luckily I wasn't driving to the show with everyone at the time, it was just me when I got the call...I totally saw it coming. I was on the road doing pretty good, I thought I was improving constantly and then I tore my tricep. I was out six months and was ready to get back to it and was sent to FCW practice. So I was like, 'Ohh, something's up. This isn't good.'
Discussing the reason he was fired, Barreta suggested the company simply didn't get his laid back, video-game playing comedy character:
It is more about what your character is and they weren't buying what I was selling them as a character; that is why I am gone. It isn't that they thought I was a bad wrestler; they just weren't happy with my character.
Thankfully, the talented 25-year-old doesn't seem to be dwelling on his recent departure, or considering a career change, with the star already booking numerous dates on the U.S and Canadian indy scene. This interview, Barreta's first since his firing, was actually conducted from a Hart Legacy Wrestling show in Calgary that he performed in.
As PWInsider recently noted, the star is also scheduled to work for N.J. promotion, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, in early April when he will take on former TNA performer Sonjay Dutt.