Axl Rotten Talks Problems With TNA, Flair Tarnishing His Legacy, Matt Hardy's Issues & More
On Flair and the direction TNA has taken:
First an foremost I was listening to the tail-end of the last call and I was in total agreement with everything that was said. For those of you who don't know Axl Rotten, I've been all over the world, wrestled everywhere; ECW, WCW, WWE, I've been there done that. And i think that TNA was a great idea. I was excited when I first heard about it. Having the experience of being there a day or two, I was like, "Wow this could be fun if it was done the right way," and man did they just take the total wrong direction.
And how sickening is it to see a guy like Ric Flair who myself and anyone who has ever laced up a pair of wrestling boots; if you don't respect Ric flair you don't belong in the wrestling business, and how terrible is it that Ric Flair, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time had to come and tarnish his name and his reputation the way he has in TNA. When he left the WWE with that sendoff, which was a king's sendoff, which is what he deserved, to come back and do what he has done... has turned my stomach. As a wrestler, I know how hard it is to give it up. Any of us who has ever walked the aisle as he said a thousand times, who has ever laced up a pair of boots who has ever done it, we don't want to quit. But when you're given that sendoff and that kind of grand royalty kind that he deserves... and then to come back and tarnish it the way that he did, it's my personal opinion, I think it was a disgrace for wrestling and for Ric Flair. The man was great without a doubt. One of the greatest of all times. And, TNA guys, I couldn't agree with you more. I tweeted this the other day. I said, "Am I watching TNA right in 2011 and they're doing a Sting vs Ric Flair angle?" What's going on here? With all those guys; Robert Rude, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, on and on and your angle is Sting vs Ric Flair? I agree with you. This right now is scary as a wrestler because there is nowhere to go. There's nothing to do, there's no jobs out there. And TNA, who we all thought was going to be the next life's blood of our wrestling business, is dying a slow cancerous death right in front of the world to see.
On TNA's problems:
I've been in and around this business for over 25 years. I started when I was 13 years old helping set up rings and stuff. I'm not a relic like a lot of these guys who have been wrestling forever. I just now am 40 and I believe in my mind that I physically have 5 more good years in me that I'd like to wrestle and I still may do that... The problem with TNA is multi-layered...it goes down several different directions and there are so many threads with the problem with TNA.
Is Hulk Hogan a problem? Yes. Is Hulk Hogan a good thing? Yes, that's the problem. They don't know how to take what's a good thing and make it a good thing. Hulk Hogan should be used in a way of an ambassador, a way to get the name TNA out there and then let AJ styles grab the spotlight from him and show them why TNA is great. Hulk Hogan should be used as a way to open the door and then once the door is open, let him invite in Chris Daniels, Samoa Joe, Robert Rude. That's why he should be doing. But instead of that, we're hogging TV time with 55-60 year old men who i remember watching when I was a child and still believed it was real. Now I'm 40 years old. These guys should have stepped aside and I should be in their position and the next guy like a Raven.