|By Daniel Pena | September 13, 2012 | Comments|
Setting the record straight on his official status with TNA iMPACT Wrestling and why his future in professional wrestling will be determined by faith: "The deal was up as of August 28th (of this year), and I was still (World) Television Champion. It just so happened at that particular point in time, we were in the process of cutting a new deal, but we couldn't cut it in time before the deadline. Alot of fans speculated different things, and rumors were running rampant. Safe to say, I have no ill feelings towards TNA at all. It's just that we could not come to an agreement before the 28th, and the deal ran out. It is what it is. Where I'm going to go and is where God wants me to go. If faith leads me to stay in TNA, I'll stay in TNA. If faith leads me to go to WWE, then I will go to WWE. I will go where God puts me, and I'll leave it in his hands."
His first memories of his former tag team partner (Bully Ray/Brother Ray) meeting The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) before starting their feud together and the importance of storytelling & thinking longevity in getting over in the business: "Bubba (Bully Ray) and I were getting that from The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley). I remember one of the first meetings between us a few years back, and I remembered them saying: 'We didn't kill ourselves. We had the people in the palm of our hands. It felt like we did nothing.' That was one of the things Bubba and I tried to express to the younger guys. You don't have to do a million and one things to get yourselves over. All you have to be able to do is tell the right story, and you're be able to get over without killing yourself. You have to think longevity."
His thoughts on those fans who still reminisce about Extreme Championship Wrestling today, more than a decade after the promotion folded: "When fans come up to me and express their love of what we did back then in the old ECW, we touched a lot of people. We set off a revolution and something that was never done before. You got a little indy promotion that came out of South Philadelphia, in a Bingo Hall that nobody thought would last a year, let alone two or three,and then it just became the third most popular company in the wrestling business at the time. To hear those three little letters, it meant something."
Whether or not the thought has already crossed his mind about returning to the WWE: "I would be lying to you if I said going back to the WWE wasn't a thought. It's always a thought for anyone who's ever been there and then left."
Audio of the interview is available at this link.
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