KM talked more about how his role will change at WrestlePro when he spoke to Wrestling Inc. on our WINCLY podcast.
"It's Pat's company, he's the founder and I'm his right-hand man. It's been that way since the start of the company. Him going on the road full-time for them just puts a couple of more responsibilities that I didn't have before but ultimately, I'm pretty much in the same spot I was before," said KM who has known Buck since 2001 and they were once roommates in FCW.
"We're time tested as friends. We'd never screw each other over and we have each other's backs. We'd never lie to each other and we have a special bond and brotherhood."
Ryback was someone who spoke negatively about Buck as a person, but his longtime friend in KM talked about what Buck is as a producer.
"He'll help to put together matches and what not. He's just a sea of ideas and just has ideas on top of ideas…," said KM. "Even the more experienced guys that come in [to WrestlePro], I'd see him helping with their matches and giving them ideas and they'd be like, 'Wow. That's great! I didn't even think of that!'
"He's just a great mind to have and is great at fine tuning matches and not everybody has that quality…He's a good find for WWE for sure and I think that's gonna be a very long-lasting relationship and I think they will be very pleased with his work."
WWE had an opening for another producer after recently letting go of Arn Anderson. KM talked about their being a changing of the guard as related to the creative minds at WWE.
"With guys like Dean Malenko and Arn Anderson in the older generation, if you look at the guys they have now - they have Sonjay Dutt, Abyss, Pat, Tyson Kidd in that role, Jason Jordan's in that role. They have a younger crop of guys stepping in because at some point they need to groom the next generation to fill those roles," stated KM.
"You also wanna freshen things up. Everyone has different ideas and some guys are more in tune with what's going on out there. The fans are evolving so you wanna have different mindsets in there. But it's always an evolving door and whatever happens today doesn't mean it's the same way next year or 10 years from now...
"I think a lot of the hires they made – Abyss, Shane Helms, Jeff Jarrett, Heyman and Bischoff – I think those are all huge positives."
KM said these additional hires were needed with NXT being a third brand on the road. He also seemed to imply that NXT will not remain at Full Sail.
Speaking of his own company at WrestlePro, KM talked about what kind of impact he wants them to have in the wrestling industry.
"We have always had a good relationship with pretty much everybody, even WWE as sometimes when they were in the area they would reach out," revealed KM. "For a while we had a really, solid relationship with Impact where we were benefitting each other. They were doing joint shows with us to give the allusion they were running house shows and we would have their talent on our shows."
Impact Wrestling was the last major promotion KM worked for and when his contract came up in March, he decided to give in-ring work a break because his body is shot. He said he will eventually have to undergo stem cell surgery and PRP.
"It was just dumb luck where every time we did an Impact Wrestling, I'd somehow get hurt through no fault of their own. Even when I did nothing, I would still get hurt," said KM. "I'm 36 now and I'm falling apart. Even with the WrestlePro shows, most people book themselves in the main event, but nine out of 10 times I don't even book myself on the show. So I like the time off and focusing on recovering and getting healthy."
KM then circled back to where he sees WrestlePro in today's wrestling landscape.
"We're not delusional in the aspect of we're gonna get TV and do this and sign contracts…There's so many companies out there with AEW, MLW, WWE and Impact with whatever channel they are on. We're just trying to be a solid, I don't wanna say alternative…but we run New York, New Jersey and I had an asinine idea that paid off to run in Alaska because nobody runs there and that worked," said KM.
"I just wanna be a solid company, well respected and decently well known. With Pat over there, the school is already phenomenal and we have 50-60 students in New Jersey and another 40 in New York…We just wanna be a solid group that's producing top-notch independent talent and runs quality shows on a consistent basis. We're not trying to take over the world."
KM currently helps to run WrestlePro. For more information on WrestlePro, their upcoming shows and how to buy tickets please visit https://www.wrestleproonline.com/.
KM's full interview with Wrestling Inc aired as part of a recent episode of our WINCLY podcast. It can be heard via the embedded audio player at the bottom of this post. In it KM discusses WWE hiring WrestlePro's Pat Buck as a producer, WWE building out their NXT backstage team, running WrestlePro shows in Alaska, his Impact departure, friendship with Scott D'Amore, how he's doing physically and more.