I walked up to her and said “Listen, I’ve come up to you a ton of times” And I’m not going to go to Terry cause he knows the deal and he’s not even the one who controls the money so I’m going right to the owner. I said “I’ve asked repeatedly for a living wage and it’s not going anywhere.” I go “I just need a living wage. I’d like to get more, I deserve more but I don’t know what to do anymore.” Keep in mind, this was after the whole EV2 thing and it was just starting to die off, ending it with just me and Tommy left. I said all this to her and she just goes “Well, you know Stevie, you’re just kind of old and broken down” ..all this stuff. She said it kind of matter of factly, you know, like “look at you, it’s obvious, look at your body” I guess it may have been the fact that she lumped me in with the ECW guys. How can I be old? That always stuck with me.
[On his encounter with Dixie Carter/reasons for leaving TNA]