Murphy: WWE Booking Affected My Love Of Wrestling
Murphy was released by WWE in June
Murphy has revealed how WWE's booking and treatment of him affected his love for professional wrestling.
Murphy was released by WWE in early June after being hardly utilised on the main roster. The Australian was involved in a brief feud with Roman Reigns in 2019 and was a player in the Seth Rollins/Rey Mysterio storyline last year, but has not been used on television since the end of 2020.
The 32-year-old has opened up on how he was feeling towards the end of his run with WWE, revealing that he was still made to attend every television taping despite not being used.
Speaking to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Murphy said: "Aleister Black wasn't on television for awhile and he came back with his new character and his vignettes started playing, but he wasn't showing up at TV. He didn't have to be present at TV.
"Once my storyline with the Mysterio's got dropped overnight without me being told, I was showing up at TV every week. I was there. You have two guys in a similar position; one gets to stay home and I have to come in. I felt like they were rubbing my nose in it. 'Oh, you love wrestling, you can't do it.'
"All I want to do is perform and contribute and earn my paycheck. I want to do what I've honed for 15 years. I felt like, whether they did it intentionally, I don't know and I don't think so, but I felt like they were rubbing my nose. 'You want to be in the biggest wrestling company in the world and perform in that ring, well here it all is and you've made it, but you're not allowed to do what you love.' It's bittersweet and that made me turn away from the product a bit."
When questioned if the perceived attitude towards him affected his love for professional wrestling, he responded: "Absolutely (it affected my love for wrestling). My career has always been up and down. Crazy good, disappear, good, disappear. I know that it was on a downward spiral. From the Aleister stuff to the Seth stuff.
"Obviously, the pandemic brought it down a little and then losing AOP and Theory, who were part of the group, I was the lone survivor. Then it started to come back up when me and Aalyah became a thing and the main part of the story because it dragged out for so long and we were the new blood in it. Then it went to me disappearing, like that. Snap your fingers and I disappeared."