“I Felt Like I Deserved More in WWE” – Karl Anderson Reveals Why WWE Release Was the Best Thing That Happened to Him

Published 07/15/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


WWE released Karl Anderson in April 2020. Since then, he has worked his way back into the wrestling industry by working with IMPACT Wrestling and even got featured on AEW Television as the Good Brothers alongside Doc Gallows.

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Anderson has finally opened up about his time with the company prior to his release. According to him, his release was the best thing that happened since working with WWE was affecting his life at home. Moreover, he believes he deserved more, and WWE wasn’t ready to push him to that level.

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“I’ll be honest, there are times when I felt like I deserved more in WWE.. I was taking my frustrations from the road back home. My wife didn’t understand what I was going through; my kids couldn’t understand why I was in a bad mood. All I wanted to do was get out of that bad mood. I was only home for two or three days, and then I had to go back to this f—— place I didn’t want to go back to. A couple weeks very quickly turns into six months. I love my family so much, but that affected my life at home. Getting released by WWE was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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During the same interview, Anderson revealed that throughout his life, people have counted against him. It started right when he desired to become a pro-wrestler and continued even when he got hired by New Japan.

“When I first told people that I was going to be a pro wrestler, I was told I was too small. When I moved to Los Angeles for more opportunities, I was told I wouldn’t make it. Then I got hired by New Japan, and people told me I’d only be a job boy there. Next thing you know, I’m IWGP tag champ with Giant Bernard [Matt Bloom] for a record amount of days. Then Giant Bernard goes to WWE, and I get a chance in a singles match in 2012 against Nakamura in the New Japan Cup at Korakuen Hall, and I beat him. I’ll always bet on myself.” H/t Sports Illustrated

Currently, Karl Anderson is in a feud with Jon Moxley for the IWGP title. He challenged Moxley to a battle for the same, and even if he doesn’t win, it’ll be huge push for him in the wrestling industry.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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