Sami Callihan (who also wrestled briefly in NXT as Solomon Crowe) was recently interviewed by Chris Van Vliet about several items of interest. The first of which was the idea of WWE being the 'end-all be-all' for wrestlers:
“Everyone wants a WrestleMania moment but at the end of the day it ain’t just about WWE. There are wrestlers out there that don’t work for WWE making six figure contracts. People don’t even want to go into what I made last year because it was more than I made in WWE. There’s those different avenues in wrestling now where WWE isn’t the end-all, be-all. Sure, that’s where everyone wants to be. Sure, that’s where you can make big money in a quick amount of time. But people like The Young Bucks, people like Marty Scurll, they have shirts at Hot Topic. They’re selling thousands of dollars worth of shirts on Pro Wrestling Tees without being backed by the WWE monster.”
Working with Triple H:
“Triple H is one of the boys. People can say about him what they want, but being in the power position that he’s in he would stay after NXT tapings for hours. NXT wrestlers would be lined up out the door waiting to talk to him and maybe not every time, but the majority of the time he would stay there until he talked to every single person that wanted to talk to him. We knew that that was the boss and his input was what we actually needed.”
Killing the term 'indy wrestling':
“I’m really getting sick of this term ‘indy wrestling’ because now it’s not indy wrestling. There are companies all over the world doing thousands and millions of views. Wrestlers are able to make a six figure contract not working for WWE. There is no indies anymore and I really want to kill that term because we’re just pro wrestlers now. There’s no one at the end of the day that’s going to tell me I’m not a professional athlete.”
Credit: Wrestlezone for transcribed audio.