Damian Priest has weighed in on the recent batch of WWE releases and admitted there is a feeling of ‘survivors guilt’ after seeing colleagues get let go.
The current United States Champion is one of the top names on the Raw brand and he admitted while the cuts – which saw the likes of Nia Jax, Keith Lee and Mia Yim leave the company – are ‘unfortunate’, he’s backing those who have left to thrive wherever they end up next.
He exclusively told VELOXNEWS.com: ‘It’s unfortunate, obviously. It is not just our business – it’s in any business, that’s just the way it goes. I’ve lost more jobs and more opportunities that I count.
‘That’s the unfortunate part of life. Especially in a business where you’re living your dream – so it hurts, because we care about these people. We know they’re hurting, so we hurt.
‘It’s unfortunate. It’s like that survivors guilt – you feel guilty, but at the same time… it’s an odd feeling.
‘But then you come to the realisation – wait a minute, these are all incredible people! They’re gonna be fine! There’s that positive, and that’s always my sentiment. Well, now the world is yours. Go out and grab it!’
Meanwhile, the Archer of Infamy recently heaped praise on fellow red brand star T-Bar after the pair fought in a brutal No Disqualification Match earlier this month.
Reflecting on the hard hitting bout – which left Priest with war wounds on his torso after a brutal kendo stick shot – he told us: ‘I’ve known him for years and I know how hard he’s worked.
‘He got to show off, I got to show off – we’ve both got battle scars to show off. My stomach is brutal! Not [fun] at all.
‘The first shot he gave me, it was one of the worst pains I’ve ever felt, and when I saw the stick break I was so happy – “Thank God that’s over with!” ‘
Priest, whose had his fair share of tough opponents and more than held his own, described T-Bar as ‘one of the most talented big men’ he’s had the pleasure of getting in the ring with.
‘Getting some time on television to really do what we gotta do – he’s an awesome competitor, so I love that we got to do that together,’ he smiled. ‘[He’s] probably one of the most talented big men I’ve ever been in the ring with.’
*WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
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