Eli Drake was a guest on X-Pac's podcast and talked about getting fired from WWE back in 2014.
"If I'm honest, at the core of it, it's me. I'm so not good at hiding my feelings, and Bill DeMott and I did not get along. What a surprise, everybody! This just in! Bill DeMott didn't get along with somebody. It was very strange, because he would come in some days and like, we'd be cool. Another day I'd come in, I'd be like, 'good morning, Bill.' He'd look at my hand and just walk away and not shake my hand. It's like, you're the head coach. Like, you're supposed to be the example. He'd say, 'ah, I'm working, I'm working.'"
Drake followed up by explaining what he meant by "working."
"It means he's working the boys. And it was just a lot of BS, and then I'd hear [that] he said he hated me to a couple of people, and that's fine. We don't have to be best friends. But, I'd end up going in and talking to him, because I'm like, I'm not just gonna ignore that. And I was like, 'hey, we need to talk.' And he's like 'what's the problem?' I said, 'Well I'm hearing that you're telling people that you hate me, that's fine, we don't have to be best friends or anything, but if that's going to impede my progress, I shouldn't be here. I should move on.' And he's like, 'no no no, don't get caught up in all this high school BS, I'm just working when I'm saying that.' I'm like what do you mean? We're not in a situation where that makes sense. Like I remember exactly when that happened, we were just setting up a ring for a show in NXT."
Drake also denied getting into any kind of physical confrontation with Bill DeMott and said that DeMott himself spread that rumour because they were the only two men in the room.