Daniel Puder — recently released from WWE — posted the following statement on his MySpace Web page:
Yes, the rumors are true. I have been offered a release from my Million Dollar contract by World Wrestling Entertainment. The fine print in the contract that I won on Smackdown’s Tough Enough was that only the first of the four years (at $250,000 per year) was guaranteed. This is their right, so no bitching. I’m proud of winning the very first ever Million Dollar Tough Enough. I’m proud that I adapted from MMA to WWE. I’m proud of my work in the ring with my pro wrestling trainers Lance Storm and more recently Al Snow, who was my Tough Enough trainer too. I am proud of my association with a man like Danny Davis. I am proud to have worked with Tommy Dreamer. I am proud and have enjoyed working with and learning from Paul Heyman, and all the opportunities this experience has presented. And I know I will use this experience to my advantage when I make my next long term career move. For the time being, I am headed back to Louisville, because Paul scheduled me in an OVW Title match against Johnny Jeter tomorrow night at the Davis Arena, 4400 Sheperdsville Road in Louisville. I hope it’s my best pro wrestling match to date. I live up to my obligations and committments. That’s the kind of man I am. And I’m going to show the world that at 23 years old, WWE thought short term and not long term with me. But I won’t brag about it in advance. I’ll prove it to everyone.
The last couple years for me have changed my life in may ways. I also have also started a NON-PROFIT organization for YOUTH STRENGTH TRAINING. Puder Strength Training www.pstusa.org. I have worked with youth from the ages of 10 years old to 21. Mixed martial arts are my passion and I’ve had a chance to learn directly from some of the best in the world including Frank Shamrock, Danny Chaid, Javier Mendez, and Bob Cook.
You can find his MySpace page here.