IZW's Jermaine Johnson Discusses His Recent WWE & TNA Tryouts, Chaotic Christmas This Saturday


So, I gave them a call and I ended up hooking up with Johnny Z who then gave me to the number two coach Gary Tool who was the trainer at the time. From there, we were rockin' and rollin'. That was July of 2007 and I've been a part of the promotion ever since.

WrestlingINC: You also had a tryout with TNA in Houston early this year, right?

Johnson: Yeah. I went and I did the Gut Check. It was in front of Simon Diamond, Bruce Prichard and Brian Heffner. It was a good experience. It was finally an opportunity to show me what's next. I had been riding the IZW train for four years at the time and I've been told 'Man, you're almost there. You're almost there.' Well, I wanted to see what almost really was.

So, I got the Gut Check and then a few months later, I got a called up to do a WWE try out. So, right now, I've been told exactly what I need to do to better myself for the future and I'm very excited about that.

WrestlingINC: Yeah, you mentioned the WWE tryout. What was that experience like?

Johnson: It was out of this world. I can't describe it all. The excitement that I felt, finally there and not paying to be there. They're actually looking at me based off my talent. They called me and said 'Let's do this.' So, it was a huge learning experience. Matt Striker, The Brooklyn Brawler, Titus O'Neal and Cody Rhodes talking to me. Yeah, it was definitely a learning experience to say the least.

WrestlingINC: How did the tryout itself go?

Johnson: Oh, it went very well. Williams Regal was supposed to be there and he was dealing with a minor surgery. So, I know that the next time I go, there's even more to experience. But, overall, I was very pleased with the tryout. I know the few steps necessary and I'm willing to take them. No doubt.

So, plan on seeing me real soon. But then, don't forget that GFL.tv presents Chaotic Christmas is this Saturday. You can see me right then. The future's looking bright, though.

WrestlingINC: You mentioned your tryouts with TNA and WWE. With IZW, how do you think their style compares with the kind of more mainstream style in TNA and WWE?

Johnson: Well, more so than any other independent promotions, we pattern a lot of our style off of what's on national television. I don't mean the actual in-ring performance, I mean production-wise and where we plan on our company being. We don't want t just be seen as a local, wahoo promotion at all. We're trying to reach new doors throughout our deal with GFL.tv and the Comcast networks. We see ourselves more as a national company, at least that's what were striving for.

So, the style here and what we're doing right now, I was very preparing in both tryouts to look at cameras and speak fluidly and things of that nature. That's what they're looking for in both companies and I think that we're providing that easily here in IZW.

WrestlingINC: You mentioned early that you're a triple crown champion and you'll be involved in the first ever Impact X match at Chaotic Christmas. What can fans expect of this match?

Johnson: You can expect five hungry individuals going all out with no limitations, no boundaries other than the boundary of a steel cage. But I promise you, very creative things are going to be happening in there. Bodies will be on the line in there, risks are going to be taken because the Impact division title is one of the most important titles in IZW. You have five dudes, Damien Morte, Bobby Starr, Jordan Jacobs, The Convict and myself, all willing to show the world and everyone nationally what it takes to be an IZW superstar and to hold the Impact division championship.

WrestlingINC: How can fans watch Chaotic Christmas this Saturday?

Johnson: You can watch Chaotic Christmas this Saturday on GFL.tv. You can watch IZW every week on GFL.tv, just check us out as soon as possible, get caught up. Be there, on GFL.tv this Saturday at 7pm, live. Check out Chaotic Christmas, Impact X and so much more.

WrestlingINC: Thanks a lot. Is there anything else you'd like to plug?

Johnson: No doubt. You can catch me on Twitter @JermaineAboutMe. We're all over the place. Check out your local Comcast networks, we're always showing replays of Halloween Hangover and Redemption I believe. So, there's always exciting things going on, check your local listings for that. Just stay tuned to WrestlingINC.com as well where we're always giving updates on reviews and previews for our upcoming shows.

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