Hernandez On If AEW Can Be The Number One Promotion

He was one of the biggest stars that TNA, now Impact Wrestling, had during the company's most successful run back in the mid to late 2000s. During his run with the company, Hernandez formed a very formidable tag team with Homicide and alongside their manager former WCW star Konnan, the trio became the stable LAX – Latin American Xchange.

During an interview with Súper Luchas, Hernandez spoke in-depth about his time in TNA, why he left and All Elite Wrestling.

"Jim Cornette was instrumental in my singles push in TNA," Hernandez said regarding his time in the company. "It was going well and the crowd was behind me. In the middle of the push, Jim Cornette called and informed me he had quit over creative differences with the head of creative. When Jim left so did my push. I think in part to spite whatever Cornette had accomplished."

Hernandez was very critical of the company over the years because of the treatment he received on occasions, which he believes all started in 2009 when he broke his neck after becoming a single competitor. He was asked how former owner Dixie Carter treated him.

"TNA has provided me with the exposure I needed to display my talents internationally," Hernandez explained. "It was a great place to work for me until it was decided I would be a singles competitor. I broke my neck in 2009 at a TV taping and the first thing management asked me was how was I going to pay for it.

"Even after I had to get a MRI on my own to prove to them I was injured. Haggling over money I was to be reimbursed that I spent on fees that occurred on their program and in their ring was awkward and ridiculous.

"It is true I was sent to Mexico to work with AAA to work on things and be marketable to the Latin market. The payoff for me was to return with the AAA heavyweight belt to TNA. Obviously, that did not happen due to backstage politics in AAA and TNA.

"I do not place blame on Dixie, more so on the people she put in charge to coordinate the deal with AAA and TNA.

"It is simple why would I leave TNA and the US and live in Mexico for 9-10 months away from my family and kids if I wasn't promised something huge in return."

Lastly, Hernandez was asked what he thought about AEW challenging WWE for the top spot in professional wrestling.

"WWE will always be number one worldwide," Hernandez said. "It's not to say a AEW or another brand do extremely successful as a solid number two."