Donald Wood: You suffered a tough loss at the hands of Eric Young on the April 10th edition of Impact Wrestling, but you will inevitably get your rematch at Sacrifice on April 27. What are your feelings as you attempt to get the title back?
It's a different story once you've tasted the success of being Champion. It doesn't make you want it any less; if anything it just makes you want it even more. I'm looking forward to locking up with EY again. I know a lot of people were surprised at the outcome but it's nice to be able to surprise people sometimes. I think that the viewing figures all through my reign as champion can kind of point to the fact that people are just interested in what we're doing now and that it's fresh and exciting, and if I can be a small part in that as the Champion, then great. Honestly yeah, it's never fun to lose a championship but, at the same time, this is a business and we're in this to generate interest in what we're doing. If we can do some good business then that's what it's all about and that's a very exciting thing and I'm looking forward to doing more.
With EY, he's a great competitor and in a lot of ways he has had to wait his turn and has gotten the crappy end of the stick many, many times over the years and through different regimes in this company. I was glad he was able to be portrayed in the right light and was able to get where he needs to be. I'm sure there has been a lot of criticism against me for many things, like there is against anyone especially when they become a top guy, but I think one thing that no one can deny is that while I've been on top anyone who's been in there with me has come out looking better on the other end.
Mike Chiari: TNA seems to be in the midst of a youth movement with a lot of younger talent being brought in and pushed, and your role in that is pretty interesting in that you're only 27 years old, but at the same time you've been with the company since 2008. With that said, how do you view your status within TNA? Do you identify more with the young guys or the veterans?
I love this 'Youth Movement' thing. I find it humorous and I actually wrote about it in my last column for FSM that a group of guys predominantly in their late 20's, some in their early 30's, can be described as a 'Youth Movement'. I think in any other genre, especially sports, that would not be considered a youth movement at all. In pro wrestling, obviously, we play by a slightly different set of rules. I think that speaks more to the mentality of wrestling fans, or certainly the mentality of wrestling fans who, perhaps, over analyze things a bit or somehow think that their opinion is more valuable than any other fan's because I think that the reality of the situation is that the Rock was on top in the WWF at 27, Triple H began moving into the upper echelon in his late 20's, and I could go back and point to no end of guys who went on to become icons in the business, like the last two names I just mentioned, who all reached that level in their late 20's because I think that's the time when people gravitated to them.
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