Morgan isn’t one to burn bridges and felt he left TNA on good terms.
“I was having a conversation one day with [TNA President] Dixie Carter, who is like my biggest fan on the planet,” Morgan said. “This is especially true as far as having children. That woman went above and beyond when me and my wife were struggling to get pregnant. She wanted to fly my wife out to Nashville to see a specialist that she knew of. She is just a very good human being, probably the best boss I ever had. I just ignored my other friends and colleagues [thoughts] and kept my head down and kept plugging away as far as my career was concerned at TNA.
“Once I knew my wife was pregnant, I was very excited, obviously, but the next feeling I had was, ‘Oh crap, I have to do what I need to do to take care of this child.’ It’s not just my wife and mom anymore. From that point on, it just completely changed my outlook.”
The consummate athlete was at a point where he felt he had done a lot during his time with the company. He says he was about to do a storyline that would have lasted through the summer with a ‘big name.’ The angle got pulled and the top talent he was supposed to work with was taken in a different direction. Morgan was frustrated.
“I understand why that happens, and you can’t cry over spilt milk, but for me though, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Morgan said. “That was the 89th time something like that happened to me while I was working there. I had a good rapport with Dixie Carter, as well as Eric Bischoff. So I went ahead and spoke to Dixie about it. She told me to hang in there, sit back and they would get something in there for me. It wasn’t my fault, and I didn’t do anything wrong for that to happen.
“When that happened, I felt in my heart of hearts it was time to move on. That was a very small part of it. The main part was having a kid, and I’m in the prime of my career right now. The next step for me was to possibly go back to WWE.”
Morgan began his pro wrestling career in WWE and its developmental territory at the time, Ohio Valley Wrestling. He described himself as a “wide-eyed greenhorn” during his initial stint with the sports entertainment leader.
“I was a very inexperienced rookie. The first time I got called up to television was on SmackDown with Brock Lesnar and Team Lesnar,” he recalled. “I was six months in the business of just learning how to lock up and bump to being in the main event of SmackDown. So again, even with the stuttering character after that, I was still a year or year-and-a-half in the business at most. It takes big guys more time to come along and for that light bulb to go off.
“We have a different psychology. It takes a long time, some time longer than others for some guys. It took me a little while. When I started at TNA the light bulb finally hit and me clicking on all cylinders and me knowing who I was in that ring. I did what I was asked. WWE told me to get some more experience, and the door was always open.”
Morgan took everything WWE management told him to heart when he was let go and heeded their advice. He honed and improved his skills competing against some of the best all over the world. The determined star has become a well-seasoned and complete package.