Derrick Bateman talks WWE release, WWE developmental

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Recently released WWE star Michael Hutter joined Inside The Ropes this past Thursday to talk about his WWE career on NXT and in FCW as Derrick Bateman. Here are the highlights.

Difference between developmental now and the territories:

I think every Legend you speak to talks about how beneficial the territorial system was and how good it was to get to work with someone different every night, and every place you go there’d be a different style, so you’d be learning all the time. It’s not the same now in developmental but I think they try their best to replicate it as much as possible, which is impossible.

Thoughts on WWE bringing back Tough Enough in 2011, with NXT Happening:

First off any show that has Stone Cold on it, berating people is my kinda show. He’s the man. In terms of Tough Enough being there, on one hand it’s cool that it’s exposure for WWE and television but then another part of me’s thinking “Sweet, Silent Rage is on TV and I’m out here on NXT Redemption working so hard and this isn’t seeing the light of television, probably not ever” That can be quite dis-heartening.

On his release earlier this month and if they didn’t have creative plans for him:

Yeah it was something like that. I don’t really have a reason per say. But then again it’s not anything that I was surprised about. I think it was the best thing for me. I was in a bad place mentally, physically. I need a break and they need a break from me so we’ll see what happens.

To hear the full interview where Hutter describes his time with WWE, behind the scenes of working on NXT, his influences in developmental, plans for the USA Guy gimmick and more, head over to: