It was reported about a month ago that Rhyno’s WWE contract was set to expire soon and there was no new deal in place. Rhyno would sit down with Chris Van Vliet recently and got confirmation that Rhyno’s contract is indeed set to end on July 17 and that the company offered him a significant amount of money to remain with WWE but not wrestle.
“July 17th is my last date there,” Rhyno said of his contract situation. “They actually offered me more than twice my downside but it wasn’t where they would have to use me because the downside is so large and it wasn’t about money it was about me wanting to be on the road work and helping the younger guys kind of like a player-coach.”
Rhyno would say that the in-ring work wasn’t quite an issue on the main roster in WWE but the small details like talking to media, promoting events, pitching storylines and the like.
For Rhyno, this stage of his career is about finding the next major star akin to the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena, as he’d mention in the interview. That’s difficult when he’s not on the road or on the independents helping elevate the stars of the future.
When Van Vliet asked if Rhyno turned down the big-money contract so that he could work in the ring more, Rhyno would confirm this.
“It was a mutual understanding that we were not going to figure out a number. And they’ve been great, I can’t say anything bad about them. I had a lot of fun.
I was afraid that they would say yes to a larger downside than what they offered me because I was afraid that they would still sit me at home. It’s not that they don’t like me, there is a lot of talent there and they have to cycle the talent which is normal because you want to get men and women out there to work.
I was afraid that I would become miserable and that’s the last thing that you want to do when you’re doing something that you love. I would rather take a step back and work for some of these companies and work the independent scene.”
Another interesting tidbit from this interview was that Rhyno would not be under a no-compete clause for 90 days as we’ve seen so many times in the past from WWE superstars testing the independent waters.
The full interview can be found here and features a very good and honest discussion between Rhyno and Van Vliet.