American Midget professional wrestler Short Sleeve Sampson, who most recently appeared at WWE Extreme Rules to announce the weeLC match featuring Hornswoggle vs. El Torito as “Jerry Smaller”, a parody of Jerry “The King” Lawler, took some time to participate in an exclusive in-depth interview with PWMania.com. Sampson spoke about WWE Extreme Rules, the reports of backstage heat he received for a photo from before Extreme Rules that had John Cena and The Wyatt Family in the background going over their match. Vince McMahon, Midget Wrestling and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:
His favorite moment in WWE:
“There are definitely several different ones. The ones that stand out the most are the parodies. I was mini-Kurt Angle and I worked with Angle and did some work with John Cena as well. Both of them are very professional and fun to work with.–Another one was my Undertaker parody and working with him and JBL. I don’t know if getting chokeslammed by The Undertaker was the best thing in the world, but hey, how many people can say they’ve been chokeslammed by The Undertaker?”
His Relationship with Vince McMahon:
“It was a huge honor to work for him. I have a lot of respect for Vince and what he’s done, whether or not I agree with some of his decisions. He’s the head honcho and to work for the number one company is a great experience.”
Backstage heat reports at Extreme Rules:
“I had been taking pictures throughout the day and after the weeLC match, I uploaded some of those pictures to my Facebook and social media pages. I was getting a lot of comments on the pictures and after an hour or so, someone commented on that particular photo: “If I were WWE, I’d fire Short Sleeve Sampson right now.” And I thought why would someone say that? So I looked at the picture and saw that Cena and the Wyatts were in it and I was surprised. So I deleted the picture. That was all done before their match took place that night. In that hour, people probably saved the photo and uploaded it, because the next day I saw that the photo went viral.
WWE never contacted me about it. I actually talked to them and everything’s been fine. There’s no heat. Had I known what was in the background, I never would have uploaded the picture. And I put up an apology for that online. I appreciate everything WWE has done for me and the opportunities they’ve given me and I would not want to burn any bridges.”