Bully Ray Talks Whether TNA Should Re-sign Hulk Hogan, How TNA Can Improve Its Standing, More
Whether Bound For Glory is the biggest pay-per-view in TNA history: "I don't know, is it? When we go out there as wrestlers and we see seats in the arena not full, it worries us also but all we can do is go out there and deliver the best possible in-ring product we can. Once we go through that curtain, that's when our jobs really start. I'm not the promoter of TNA, I don't work in the front office of TNA, I'm not responsible for the advertising of TNA, I'm not responsible for the product awareness of TNA, that's where TNA needs to grow and move forward as a company with bringing their product to the masses so people will want to come to the shows. Yes, there are empty seats but still if you concentrate on the in-ring product and you concentrate on what you see, it's still entertaining."
Coming into his prime: "No. I never think that far ahead. Not that I take things day-to-day, my success in the wrestling business never really shocked me. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I always knew that I was going to be successful and be part of one of the greatest tag teams and this and that, I just knew that I loved professional wrestling so much that I would have enough passion to make myself successful. I would have enough passion to do this for a long time and I'm going on my twenty second year now in the business. I'm proud of myself getting into the shape that I have got into, I'm proud of myself for doing something that not a lot of other guys can do which is come out of a tag team and have a successful singles career. I'm also proud of my ability to go in there which just about anybody on the roster and have a great match, great fight, a great speaking segment and proud for being able to entertain people for this long. I'm only stepping on the gas half way. I have so much more that I can bring to the table but it's a different world we live in and its different time with wrestling and sports-entertainment these days. I think I can go further, I can be a lot more physical. There are a lot of things that I can do and I try to wait until the right time to do them. From the newest kid on the block to the guys that have been there forever and I have said this before, TNA has the best locker room in pro wrestling, best bunch of pro wrestlers slash sports entertainers out there. These guys are capable of so much. You want icons? We got (Hulk) Hogan and Sting. You want guys that are still in their prime? You can go with me or Jeff Hardy or Kurt Angle and then you got the work horses. The guys that carried the company from TV to house shows like A.J. Styles, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Gunner, (Frank) Kazarian, (Christopher)Daniels. You have the hottest women in the business that can wrestle. You got great X-Division stars. Anything you are looking for, you can find it."
How can TNA improve its standing in the wrestling industry: "I have my opinion on that. I know as a wrestling fan what I would like to see TNA become. It's strictly my opinion. I think the professional wrestling world is primed and ready for a more edgy product. An in your face, very realistic brand of pro wrestling. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying ECW all over again. It's not what I mean. However, I am talking about bringing in bits and pieces of the greatest eras of pro wrestling. The NWA in the 80's, ECW in the late 90's, Attitude Era, the best times of TNA. Let's cut and paste from the best times and let's incorporate that into our product now, because I think people want a more mature product."
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