Chris Masters has revealed he was originally booked to win the Intercontinental Championship and World Tag Team Titles in WWE before plans changed, and was even privy to conversations about him becoming the youngest ever WWE Champion.
Masters was pushed heavily in WWE following his debut in 2005, becoming involved in feuds with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Kane, Big Show and other big names on Monday Night Raw.
'The Masterpiece' was only 22-years-old when he started working on Raw each week and has now revealed that, at the very least, WWE discussed the idea of him winning each of the Titles available at the time on Raw - including breaking Randy Orton's record for being the company's youngest-ever World Champion.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, he said: "I think early on I was considered for a lot of stuff. I was supposed to win the Intercontinental Title but then the intervention happened, so it didn’t happen. I was supposed to win the Tag Titles with Carlito on the WrestleMania where we worked Big Show and Kane. But that got switched the day of, because of a change of plans, which happens.
"That’s one thing you learn about wrestling, you don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Before something actually happens, you don’t count on it. There was a pre-taped shot with Vince and me where Vince alluded to me being the youngest WWE Champion of all time. This was even after Randy had won it. I know they were considering Cena and me for an angle.
"I think probably, looking back, if anything, I think Cena might have shot that down. I don’t think Cena was too happy working with me around that time. I could have good matches with HBK, but I felt Cena thought he had to lead me. It’s probably because I was new and stuff like that. It was just a little bit more difficult ring chemistry-wise. I don’t even know that for sure.
"But I was working a lot with Shawn Michaels and I was working a lot with John Cena in the house shows. Shawn was an easier match, but how many years experience did he have? As over as John was, we both started at the same time. I think the lack of experience was the big thing."