hosts of Ring Rust Radio – Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Brandon Galvin –
recently had the chance to speak with former WWE Superstar Brad Maddox. Maddox
made his debut on the main roster working with CM Punk and Paul Heyman and in
addition to speaking about his recent departure from WWE, Maddox talks about
his roles in the company, working with legends like The Under taker, his future
after WWE and more.
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Rust Radio: The biggest topic of conversation for you recently has been your
release from WWE. Will you explain why you were let go by the company and if
there are any hard feelings regarding your departure?
Well at least I’m making news now. You guys know what it was all about at this
point. I called the Indianapolis crowd pricks in the dark match of a SmackDown
taping, which I didn’t consider inappropriate or a bad word knowing that it was
a dark match. My job is to go out there and work up the crowd get them warmed
up. You don’t have the rules you have while on TV. There I can talk to the
crowd directly, make fun of their football or basketball team, tell them that
they smell bad, and whatever you want to use to get them worked up. I just kind
of threw that in there and was going to call them losers, but thought that was
a little lame. So instead I called them pricks, and Vince did not take it as
lightly as I did.
Rust Radio: If WWE came back to you and said enough time has passed, would you
be open to going back to them?
Depends on what I am doing. I am certainly not going to close any doors. I have
enough experience in my 31 years to know you can never say never. We will see
what happens, I have some other plans and things I am working on, but I am not
opposed to it.
Rust Radio: You debuted on the WWE main roster in a pretty high-profile spot
getting involved with CM Punk as a referee in his world title match and then
doing stuff with Paul Heyman and The Shield, but as a fan it didn’t seem like
the payoff was everything it could have been. What was your expectation for how
that angle was going to play out, and looking back, what do you think could
have potentially been done better or differently?
I agree with you as far it could have led some where better than it did, but
that is where I messed up early on. I wasn’t proactive enough. I didn’t go to
Vince in those days or knock on his door; I didn’t go ask questions to the
right people or ask where this is going or say, “Hey did you guys know that I
can wrestle and came up through your developmental program?” I did all the
things there that they said I had to do to get moved up and show that I am
qualified. It was a lack of communication on my part with Vince and Hunter and
the right people. It probably would have had a totally different impact instead
of just sitting around and waiting on the writers to come hand me my script and
assuming they had some grand plan for little old me. I can definitely say I
could have been more proactive in those early days. I did love working with
Paul and working with Vince in his office and working on promos in his office.
It was a really cool experience.
Rust Radio: WWE's creative team has been under fire not just from fans
recently, but also former WWE legends. What was your experience like with the
creative team and what are your thoughts of the creative process as a whole in
I mean, I got along with all those guys really well. It’s a matter that they
have a lot of content to get through every week and have a lot story and a
roster full of guys to write for. Obviously, I was in a pretty good spot, but I
wasn’t one of the most important guys. They are focused on the main angles that
are going to make money for the show and then of course everything has to be
run through Vince, so there is a limited amount of time there. You can’t rely
on someone else to handle your career for you. You have to go knock on Vince’s
door and say “this is what I want to do” or “what do you think about this.”
That’s where I should have taken care of business for myself. I am no John Cena
and not making a ton of money for the company, so I am not going to be a
Rust Radio: While everyone watched The Undertaker on The Tonight Show, starring
Jimmy Fallon last month, it was your role as the turkey that really stole the
show. How did you get the honor of working with Undertaker on national TV?
I knew the Undertaker was there, but I was a turkey on Thanksgiving, I felt
that there is no higher honor. It was like, “Let’s book this turkey and see if
we can get anyone to work with him.” It was fun, and I might have been
the only guy left in the states at that time since everyone was working the
European tour. I don’t know why I was picked for it, but I had fun with it. I
assumed at the time that it was going to be a full turkey mask. When I got
there they showed me the outfit and I thought, “Where is the rest of it?” I
guess everyone is going to know I am a turkey and that’s awesome. I did get to
meet Jimmy Fallon and he let me know I had made it in show business. We were
talking to their writers and to see what they were thinking about us. There
wasn’t much for Taker and I to talk about. We pretty much walked around and
just tried not to laugh about it. Then during rehearsal he said this is the
part where he was going to tombstone me. I thought that yeah, this is the Undertaker,
I’m sure he has done enough tombstones to where he doesn’t have to practice it
and I was pretty sure I could trust him. I will say that I didn’t envision my
first tombstone from the Undertaker being in that environment. If someone had
told me nine years ago when I started wrestling that I was going to be
tombstone by the Undertaker but it’s going to be on 30 Rock on late night
television I wouldn’t have believed it.
Rust Radio: You weren't given many opportunities to showcase your skills in the
ring as a wrestler, but you were certainly able to generate a reaction from the
crowd with your speaking skills and natural charisma. Do you think you would
have excelled as a manager and why do you think WWE never tried to put you in
I would never have stuck around to be a manger. I just wouldn’t have. I love
wrestling and that’s why I started. I watched guys like Shawn Michaels and
Chris Jericho be entertaining in the ring and that’s what I wanted to do. If I
had gotten pinned into that role, I wouldn’t have made it very long because I
wouldn’t have been happy.
Rust Radio: Now that the WWE chapter in your career is closed, at least for
now, what are you hoping to accomplish in the wrestling business. Where do you
see yourself going over the next year or more?
I plan onto diving into acting. I don’t want to say that’s a priority because I
want to do both. I am excited to get back into working on a regular basis and
getting into ring shape. Being in ring shape is so much different than being in
regular shape, and you can’t accomplish that working a dark match once every
two weeks. I have no idea where I am going wrestling yet, but I know I will do
both. I am going to focus a lot more on acting now that I have the freedom to
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