Robbie E. Talks Kurt Angle's TNA Induction, Zack Ryder's Gimmick, TNA Cutting Down On PPVs, More
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Click here for the first part of the interview, where Robbie discussed being a wrestling fan at a young age, getting his start, the early days of TNA, his cameo during the Edge - Ric Flair feud, working with Hulk Hogan, Rampage Jackson signing and more.
WrestlingINC.com: It was revealed at Slammiversary that Kurt Angle will be the second inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. What was your reaction to that announcement?
Robbie E: Who else deserves it more than him? One of the best wrestlers ever, still one of the best wrestlers to this day. With everything he's been through and his body's been through, he's still the man. Nobody deserves it more than him.
WrestlingINC.com: Now that you've been there, it's been about three years, what would you say have been your favorite matches so far in the company?
Robbie E: I'd say the moments that stand out would be winning the X Division Title at Turning Point from Jay Lethal. Winning the Television Title at Turning Point a year later from Eric Young. Those are two huge moments that stand out. Breaking my VIP sign over big Rob's head was always fun. So you know, that's always memorable. Those are the first three I'd say that come to mind.
WrestlingINC.com: Who have been your favorite opponents?
Robbie E: Guys that I could actually have a chance of beating and that doesn't happen very often. I could count the matches that I've won on one hand in the past two years. Anyone that I could give a run for their money and possibly win, those are my favorite opponents.
WrestlingINC.com: Fair enough. What difference have you noticed with Impact being taken on the road and no longer being filmed at the Impact Zone in Orlando?
Robbie E: Just the settings and everything looks different. Whether we're in Orlando, whether we're on the road. Whether we're in front of five people, whether we're in front of 50000 people. It doesn't matter. Every single person on the roster always gives 110%. We're the best wrestlers in the world. Everyone always works their hardest. So, I mean, it's great to wrestle in front of a larger crowd, to be in front of different people, don't get me wrong. But as far as how we perform and everything, nothing has changed.
WrestlingINC.com: Do you notice a difference in the crowds?
Robbie E: Obviously if you're in one location you're going to have your cult followers. It was just people that lived close and loved the product, so why wouldn't they come every week? But yeah, obviously we're in a bigger place, there's going to be more fans and new fans. As far as reaction and stuff, seems like all the same. It's always positive. Everyone's always pumped up and energetic. Our crowds are awesome.