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Chris Masters Says John Cena Is A Stiff Worker, Whether He Will Join TNA, Vince McMahon

Chris Masters appeared on Inside The Ropes radio Thursday night. Highlights are as follows:

How he finds Vince McMahon backstage: “He’s above and beyond everybody. Even The Hulkster. He’s the guy that put this stuff together. They’re an odd family. They are good at business. People who are business savvy tend to come off a little cold. They don’t get too close to the performers. My first meeting with him was very cool. I told him in due time, I could definitely be a huge player for WWE.”

Who came up with Masterpiece gimmick: “Dr Tom Prichard changed my name to Masters. My friend Matt Morgan and I were sitting one day and he said Masterpiece. I brought it to Jim Cornette and he ran with it, WWE ran with it. I joke that I give 10 per cent of my salary to Matt Morgan. I’m just kidding. He always ribs that he’s responsible for it but I tell him he just had one moment of brilliance (laughs).”

On working with John Cena in 2005/06: “That guy had some heavy fists. Carlito and I used to joke around that in tag matches with Cena and HBK, we would literally rush to get to Shawn Michaels, because he wasn’t as heavy with hands and the other guy would be stuck with Cena and you’d be potato’ing each other left and right. I remember at the Elimination Chamber I felt like I was in a real shoot fight. It’s not that he’s bad, he just gets really fired up and he’s got big hands, he doesn’t realise his own strength.”

Thoughts on his TNA dark match and ending up working for Dixie: “I think there’s a good chance I’ll be working them in the future. It’s a different vibe to WWE. I like that Dixie Carter makes herself accessible to the talent. Jason Hervey came up to me after the match with a camera and just let me talk, it wasn’t some writer giving you stuff to say. There was a good reaction from the crowd. All in all it turned out as good as it could go. I’ve planted all the seed I could. It’s up to them if they want to capitalise, if not I’ll just go about my way.”

To hear the rest of the interview where Masters discusses how he broke into wrestling, his first WrestleMania, working a program with HBK, The WWE’s Wellness Policy and the infamous Pec Dance gimmick, head over to

  • Joe

    Working stiff is not as bad as you guys think it is. Some wrestlers want to be stiff for the rush of it and the appearance of it being real. Now obviously Cena doesn’t make things look real, but if someone were actually bitter towards someone for being stiff (which I don’t think Masters is, he’s joking about it) then they shouldn’t be in the business.

  • Killa
  • Apacaveli

    Yeah Super-Cena Is Stiff Cuz He Only Has 3-Moves Of Doom LOL LMAO Right On Chris Masters….

  • SYM

    The Fake Users on this website is ridiculous. Middleton needs to stop the Guys from jacking a Username.

  • The Voice of Reason, formerly CM Punks Promo

    Is it just me our is the masterpiece gimmick kind of a fail?

  • SYM

    he lost to robbie e. which means he sucks. they don’t sign you if you lose to someone crappy like robbie e. and i can’t blame them.

  • Bobobobobo

    I hate Cena matches, he just takes a beating for a majority of it and then shoulder block, shoulder block, spin power slam, five knuckle shuffle, FU/STF.

    And of course after the match he pretends like he’s fresh and had not jump competed in a match

  • luckysalt

    Who did Masters face in his dark match?

  • poko

    A disproportionate amount of Cena’s offense is punching, anyway. Outside of his normal “five moves” and a stray Fisherman’s Suplex, he usually just goes with simply bludgeoning his opponent, so if his punches really are stiff, I can imagine he’s not the most fun guy to work with.

    I just wish Cena had better pacing. He rushes his own moves but is often late or early on his opponent’s spots. Especially top rope moves, it seems like he’s always waiting and staring at them by the time they climb up there, so I’m usually thinking “he can see them, why doesn’t he move?”

    I do hope Masters gets another shot somewhere. He had potential.

  • Jim

    Well known fact that right about that time Cena was a lousy worker, not sure if he’s stiff or not these days, but he sure as hell no sells.

    One of the worst faces of all time.