TNA World Champion Drew Galloway was recently interviewed by Wrestling Epicenter ahead of TNA Slammiversary. You can see some highlights below, and the full interview at this link.

On the heels of Cody Rhodes leaving WWE because he just wanted to be himself, how important is it that TNA lets Drew be Drew?:

"It means everything. In the history of wrestling, generally the most successful characters are when people are playing themselves or an extension of themselves. Then, in the end, if you're presented that opportunity, your success lies on you and your failure lies on you. If it fails, you can say "Well, I was myself. I did what I believe. It didn't work." And if it succeeds, I would rather have it on my back and at the end of the day, I can look at myself and say "All right, I gave it my all and it worked." That's the opportunity TNA gave me. I also played a serious character in WWE, won a couple titles. I also worked a comedy character, showed a different side of myself with 3MB. I got to show a different side of myself... Had some fun! But, when I left the company, I just wanted to be myself and see what I could do. Thanks to people giving me the ball and allowing me to score and then TNA telling me, "We're bringing you in to be Drew Galloway and to be yourself". That really means the world to me and the way the fans have responded to me means even more. They've been coming with me on this ride for a long time and I appreciate everybody who has been supporting me this whole time."

On the constant negativity hate towards Impact Wrestling from the Internet Wrestling Community and reports of "Low Morale" Within TNA:

"Just watch the show! it is as simple as that. I have seen a difference since I've got to the company. At first, they'd ask me why I was there. I'd ask their opinion. "Ok, what's wrong?" What's your opinion of the product?" I like to hear the negatives because I like to hear if it is constructive and see if I agree with them. That is the only way you get better is if you get a constructive opinion. But, generally, they just didn't watch the show! Fast forward to the past few months. The same kind of fans are saying they are watching the product and they're very happy with how it has been especially since the move to POP TV. Everybody's finding their characters. The feuds have been really good. Things are where they need to be right now and things are on the rise. It is a case of, just give it a bloody chance! If you love wrestling and say you're a wrestling fan, why try and destroy it and bash it? Just give it a chance and if you genuinely feel that way, just don't watch it! It is as simple as that. As for the "low morale" thing, I'd like to comment on that because backstage, it is a running joke now because we legitimately have high morale. (laughs) It is a company where everyone is working towards the same goal. Most of us are kind of younger guys and the older guys are fantastic. I don't read the Internet. As you said, you'll shoot yourself if you read the Internet. I see it on my Twitter. Everyone jokes about it backstage because we genuinely do have high morale and are working towards the same goal which is the betterment of the company and ourselves."

See the full interview over at Wrestling Epicenter at this link.

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