The American Wolves talk to the Huffington Post to discuss if they have any future plansto leave TNA for WWE. Richards responds:
I’m extremely happy where I’m at right now. I can never say never. I can tell you that I’d never go into their developmental system and I’m not saying that because I think I’m better than anyone there (I would say the developmental system has better talent than the actual roster). It’s not conducive to my lifestyle and that’s all. I’m not trying to put down their product, I have nothing bad to say to them but I’m happy where I’m at. I kind of lost my fire for wrestling and being in TNA, I got that fire back.
Carter talks to the Huffington Post about TNA’s new television deal and goals for 2015.
My big focus for 2015 is to further distinguish our product from anybody else’s out there. What can we do better and what have we been doing great that we can take to another level. We’re going to be announcing in the coming weeks some realty exciting changes to our show and that’s a big part – trying to make our brand much more distinctive than not just WWE but other wrestling companies around the world.
Angle is a guest on The Swerve to discuss Sting, Hulk Hogan and deciding to stay with TNA.
At this point in my career, I can’t really do a full-time schedule. I need to look at how they want to take care of me, what they want to do with me, what’s important to them should be important to me and everything I do has meaning. Most important is the invested interest. Secondly, making sure I keep my life straight and that I spend time with my family. Thirdly is basically financial situation. It’s not that I’m in dire need of money. Thank god I made a lot in this business. At the same time, the amount of money speaks volumes with what they want to do with you and how they want to utilize you. is the money important for a financial standpoint? No. Is it important on how important you are to the company? Yes. I want to make sure it’s a best suit for me.
Abyss talks to Main Event Radio about his time in TNA, working with James Mitchell and young talent in TNA.
TNA has a bunch of guys who are on the cusp of breaking through. Ethan Carter, EC3, I really think is a star. A guy who has great acumen and awareness. Everything he does he strives for perfection. The Bromans are two great athletes, an incredible tag team together. Rockstar Spud. We have a good group of young guys who are really making their mark and are going to continue to.
Hernandez is a guest on the V2 Wrestling podcast to discuss his time in TNA and his thoughts on the company.
As long as the Carters have billions of dollars, that company will never go away. I just think the infrastructure just needs, you know, how you snake a toilet? They have Jeff Hardy, you had Sting, Kurt Angle, the best up and coming talent (like) Austin Aries, Roode, Styles, all these guys that could do anything, and you let every former WWE employee that served coffee to Vince McMahon try to be the boss time after time after time.
Kim talks to Sports Vibe about TNA transitioning back to a six-sided ring.
People don’t like change. I was fortunate enough to wrestle in that ring before so I knew it was going to take time to get used to. We’re still getting used to it. But honestly, we left it to the fans and it was certainly an overwhelming decision. I think it makes us different but at the beginning when we got it back, we could feel it physically on our bodies. Luckily, we have a great ring crew and we addressed the issue by working on it for us. It’s great now and it’s just a matter of getting used to where you are in the ring. I honestly think in a couple months nobody will realize.
Omega talks to Under the Mat radio about his time in WWE and how Japanese fans would react to TNA.
Not to knock TNA but there’s too much hokey talking and segments that don’t really involve wrestling. Of course everyone in TNA speaks English so if there’s an angle going on they won’t be able to understand it. TNA has a talented roster but when I looked at it seems as if everyone was rushing it’s like the time is given to the talking and when it happens in the ring everyone rushes to the finish. In Japan it’s the opposite when you talk make it quick and tell your story in the match.
Snow talks to Digital Spy about TNA returning to using a six sided wrestling ring.
The six-sided ring is not that controversial to me. I don’t know what the controversy is. It’s two more sides. I think it’s a great identifier for TNA. You’re flipping through the TV channels and you see it, it stands out. It looks different, catches your attention. It might captivate somebody to watch for a few moments, and who knows, we may have another audience member.
Edwards is a guest on Busted Open Radio to discuss TNA, tag team wrestling in today’s world and Bound for Glory.
You can’t force chemistry, you can’t force teams to work and build together. You got to have guys that are willing to work and that want to work together and tag together and have that connection and if they don’t have it, it is just not going to work.
Tessmacher talks about how her TNA wrestling career helped her prepare for CBS’s The Amazing Race:
I truly thought being a professional wrestler and athlete was going to help a lot more than it did. In the end, being strategic and also having luck on your side is really what keeps you in the race. I think, at first, because of our appearance teams wanted to target us. We are pretty, loud, and all around amazing. I would want to target us as well. But, most then realized that Rob and I were directionally challenged and not the brightest of the bunch and forgot a lot about us as a threat. However, sometimes that can be a strategy too!
Jackson speaks about the difference between wrestling in TNA and competing in MMA:
I’ve been telling everyone how hard training for wrestling is. Some of the best athletes in the world wrestle. Even going back and forth on the ropes hurts. It’s tough as hell, but I really have a lot of fun with it. You get to be a big kid again and entertain people. It’s what I love to do.
Robbie E. is a guest on Ring Rust Radio to discuss TNA, The Amazing Race and Bound for Glory.
When you think of me and when you think of Brooke, you think of two of the wildest and craziest people in wrestling. I think we are perfect for reality TV. We are the perfect two people to race around the world and do a whole bunch of crazy stuff. It is going to be a wild and exciting 12 weeks. You’re going to see Robbie E. do things you probably didn’t think he would ever be willing to do. Let’s just say I don’t like animals.
Hardy talks to The Huffington Post about teaming with Jeff again and wrestling Team 3D.
Its good fun! It’s like a time warp. It’s so strange. We’ve been separated and we haven’t been in the ring with those guys for about 12 years. You know as soon as we start working with them, we start having memories of old matches we had in Peoria Illinois – random cities across the world, it’s a great dose of nostalgia.
Carter talks to Grantland.com about her failed negotiations with AJ Styles.
I hate that we lost AJ. Are you listening? I hate it. I felt like we gave him a great offer. I really did. I felt like we gave him a great offer and I think he made a mistake.
Ortiz talks to Submission Radio about his short time in TNA and meeting Hulk Hogan.
During the time I was there I got a chance to meet Hulk Hogan. I was really happy with that, but I mean right now my main career is fighting. I mean I love to fight and that’s what I wanna do. That’s with Bellator.
Melendez talks to Busted Open about his dreams as a child, his service in the United States military and professional wrestling.
The military was where I was going to go, that was my goal. I could remember I was in high school at the time my father was working in downtown Manhattan, were the World Trade Centers were and couldn’t get into contact with him for several hours, and we eventually met back at the house, and all I could remember was him covered head to toe in white debris and that image really burned into my mind, and just looking at him standing in the door way and it infuriated me because they brought the fight over here, and I am like I am going to bring it back over to you. It just added fuel to the fire more for me to get into the military.
Anderson is a guest on Piper’s Pit to discuss WWE, TNA and wanting to perform since childhood.
The first movie I remember seeing as a kid was E.T. I went to see it with my mother and I wanted to do that. I see some actor and I wanted to tell a story and entertain like that.
Williams talks to The Camel Clutch Blog about retiring from professional wrestling and if he ever thinks he’ll wrestle again.
I hear about all of these guys getting concussions and neck injuries, and I watch their wrestling style, and I realize my wrestling style’s a little bit harder than that, because I’m taking German suplexes on the neck, and piledrivers and whatever. I’m like, ‘Man, I’m gonna be 33 years old; maybe I’d better get out now, and not have to be in a wheelchair when I’m older.
Love talks to Impactwrestling.com about her most recent return to TNA and Velvet Sky.
It was magical, it felt so great to be back in front of the fans in an Impact Wrestling ring! This is my life, this is what I do and I felt right at home.
Carter sits down with Between the Ropes to discuss current events in TNA.
There is a lot of chatter and I think a lot of misinformation but I know that Spike and TNA are in constant negotiations and I leave that to them. What I do know is that we have an awesome product that is continually getting better each and every week so if it’s Spike, if it’s somewhere else we are an asset and will continue moving forward and I’m very confident in our future as a company.
Angle sits down for interview to discuss his future career plans and where he plans to go when his TNA deal is up.
My contract is up September 21st. I’ll say this, TNA has been really loyal to me. At the same time I want to do what’s right for me.
Bourne talks to Kayfabe Commentaries to discuss his future plans in wrestling and to share a story of Terrell.
This lovely young blonde was very, very new to wrestling. They get her in the ring, she trained, she’s athletic, so put her in the ring and have her do matches. We did matches I think on Tuesday nights at this bar called Bourbon Street. We had a little 16 foot ring set up in the building and there would be shows weekly. This particular night, Taryn Terrell is in a mixed tag match. It was a God awful match. At the end, I believe she did a facebuster. The girl of course lands down, that’s the finish, you go to cover. She (Taryn) basically grabbed the leg, tried to pin her while she was face down, trying to get that 1-2-3 on a face down opponent. My brain exploded. At the time I was much more cynical about people who weren’t awesome at wrestling. I had a good laugh at that too. I think she just went for the pin, she didn’t know the difference. She was that fresh to it.
Tajiri talks to Wrestle-1 in sit down interview to discuss WWE and TNA.
I really didn’t know much about the organization. I’ve been offered to come to TNA in the past but would turn it down because of my promised association with the WWE. The organization is great.
Anderson appears on Main Event Radio for a sit down interview. Anderson discusses his time in TNA wrestling and his thoughts on the SpikeTV negotiations.
Championship gold is always on my mind. That being said, one of my big priorities is always entertaining people. Going out there and telling them a story, and just having fun. This is one of the coolest jobs anybody can ever hope for. Any time that I start to feel aches or pains, tired from traveling; I just got back from the UK so I’m jetlagged. When I start to feel sort of sorry for myself, I remember how damn cool this job is. I feel like a million bucks right now, maybe a million and one.
Carter appears on Ring Rust Radio to discus current events in TNA, during the dicsussion she comments on the SpikeTV negotiations for the IMPACT program.
Every two years I go through this. This is just the first public negotiation I’ve ever had. I think social media has really changed this kind of thing. I’m used to every two years negotiating with Spike and negotiating with other networks. This time is absolutely not any different. We’re still talking with them, but there are other people, thank God, that are interested in our product. I want to grow this brand; I want to grow it domestically. I want us to be able to start having the kind of success domestically that we’re having internationally. I’m not going to stop and none of us are going to stop until we get there. I’m real excited to see and I think we’ll know sooner than later what’s going to happen.
Jackson talks TNA in sit-down interview with The Fight Nerd. Jackson reports he has no interest in returning to TNA wrestling and says that he does have interest in professional wrestling still and is making plans with Chavo Guerrero Jr.
As soon as I went there and saw how they ran things and what they were doing, there were no plans for me to go back
Hardy sits down with Ring Rust Radio to discuss current events in TNA and working with his brother, Matt, again.
I’ve had some recent new ideas that I’ve talked to Matt about but we haven’t debuted them yet, but are pretty possible. It’s like riding a bicycle. Matt and I teamed for a long time and we did an Omega show at the high school that Matt and I graduated from and wrestled the Briscoe Brothers and the whole show from beginning to end was so good and the Briscoes vs. the Hardys was a killer main event. I also did a few other Indy shots with Matt and we were just as good as we’ve ever been.
Abyss sits down with the Miami Herald to discuss TNA and working in Japan.
The Japanese fan base is incredible. Wrestling in Japan is a big deal. It’s a big thing. To be there with legends like the Great Muta and to be able to show the TNA banner there and show off our style of Impact Wrestling and share it with Wrestle-1 and the great fans of Japan is pretty exciting.
Russo claims SpikeTV is a bad partner and has never promoted TNA properly in the time the promotion has stayed with the network.
Spike TV has NEVER correctly promoted TNA since they’ve been on their network for the past 9 years.
Hardy speaks about getting another to wrestle for TNA:
Oh yeah, definitely. It was a dark, depressing time in my life after Victory Road 2011 was real … it was a sad time for me cause they could have easily fired me and let me go. As far as them giving me that second chance and letting me prove myself, TNA saved me. They saved my life pretty much.
Joe is a guest on Piper’s Pit to discuss developmental talent and breaking into wrestling.
Yeah, showing up to the dance is twenty percent of it, and the rest of it is knowing how to dance when you get there. And anybody who’s had any success in any field, they’ll tell you there’s no such thing as a big break.
Hardy is a guest on Piper’s Pit to discuss his art, wrestling and his brother.
I see things so differently. I think professional wrestling has always been an art form to me. No matter how down it gets me or how bad it beats me up, It’s always going to be a part of me. Each match is a piece of work, a masterpiece.
Ross talks to Between the Ropes about the possibility of seeing him in TNA and CM Punk.
It’s not likely at all. I’m not looking at that direction but I don’t think it’s very smart to say I’ll never do that. It would take an extraordinary deal because I don’t know why I would be excited about replacing one of two guys that I like. You don’t get that many friends in the wrestling business that stick with you through thick and thin.
Angle is a guest on The Ross Report to discuss his recent surgery and wrestling Brock Lesnar.
The match was tight. There’s no doubt about it. There was only one takedown. I took Brock down, and that was it. That’s when I put the fingers up, said two, and it’s over. But we went a good 12 to 15 minutes. It was a good battle; Brock did outweigh me by about 70 pounds at the time. He was a big boy, but I knew that. It was a tight match. Did I beat him? Yeah, I edged him.
Cornette sits down with Undisputed Wrestling Show to discuss the state of modern professional wrestling and TNA creative direction.
If I stop to dwell on the state of wrestling today, it was literally making me an insane person. That is why I just ignore it for the most part. If you care about the business and if you want to see the business succeed, the things that people do that are the people who are in charge will drive you insane.
Ray sits down with Busted Open Radio to discuss TNA, fans and six sided wrestling rings.
I sent out a tweet an hour ago asking the fans what they want to see. 33 Retweets for the 4 side, 262 favorites for the 6 sided, so it looks like the fans that follow me want to see that 6 sided ring back. I think that’s one of the cool things about TNA how they will listen to fans opinions.
Kazarian sits down with Busted Open Radio to discuss TNA and Ring of Honor.
In a perfect scenario, if the distribution were to grow for Ring Of Honor and if it were available in more regions, who knows? The wrestling and the product can hold it’s own. A lot of things factor in to that that I thankfully have no control over. I’m happy being a wrestler. That’s up to the powers that be and with the buzz that Ring Of Honor has right now, that could happen.
MVP is a guest on The Ross Report to discuss his time in prison and how wrestling saved his life.
It’s amazing how it all comes together. That’s why I believe my wrestling career was my destiny. The first time I ever saw wrestling, I saw it live. We used to sneak into the side door and watch there giants demolishing each other and I was captivated.
Ray is a guest on Piper’s Pit to discuss TNA, WWE and his origins in wrestling with Johnny Rodz.
Johnny Rodz. Johnny broke in me and my partner. Johnny was never the main event guy but he was the guy that you earned your stripes with in the ring. At any given moment he could tie you into a knot and he’d break you in right there on the spot.
MVP appears on Talk is Jericho to discuss his own knee injuries and his choice to go to TNA.
They (TNA) came and told me, “Anything else you wanna do, we’ll get behind you and give you a schedule to still do what you wanna do.” And that was the deal breaker for me.
Styles appears on Talk is Jericho to discuss leaving TNA, Hulk Hogan and Ring of Honor.
I did expect to retire from TNA. That’s what I wanted to do. I was very loyal to them. I busted my tail for them for eleven of years. But what I was told is TNA was horribly mismanaged and they couldn’t afford to pay me what I was making. So it was one of those things where I had to make a decision.
Borash talks to V2 Wrestling Podcast about Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo’s involvement in TNA.
I have not seen or spoken to Vince Russo in two years, so I couldn’t tell you of his involvement, on what level it is, if at all.
Ray appears on Talk is Jericho to discuss TNA, WWE and ECW and his new character in wrestling.
To come out of a successful tag team, its kind of hard to become a success on your own. People know you for that established act, established entity. So I had to change my whole look.
Storm is a guest on the Steve Austin Show to discuss WCW, TNA and college. Austin releases statement.
TNA’s Cowboy James Storm stopped by 316 Gimmick Street with a 6-pack of Coors Light and a whole mess of squared-circle stories. He’s namin’ names too – favorite promo guy, favorite of all time, and who gave him his gimmick. Plus, hear about his call to WCW, why he’s partially blind in one eye, and which college offered him a scholarship to play basketball!
Young talks to Sun Herald about the original stars of TNA and becoming the TNA champion.
I’m living a dream. Being the heavyweight champion is all I’ve wanted to be. The heavyweight champion has the biggest clout in the company. It’s a big responsibility and a role I take very seriously.
Daniels talks to V2 Wrestling Podcast about being released from TNA, Global Force Wrestling and Vince Russo.
I never saw Vince, and the creative team never said one way or the other. They’re denying it now, but when I was backstage, Frankie and I never saw any hint that Vince was there.
Kim is a guest on The Ross Report to discuss the difference in working for WWE and TNA.
I was always nurtured in TNA with my talent and they saw my talent and gave me that spotlight and that platform where as with WWE I felt like they wanted everyone to feel scared for their jobs.
Love is a guest on The Art of Wrestling to discuss TNA, life in wrestling and getting fired.
I got called in the middle of the night before I was supposed to go down to ECW and he (Nova) said, “I’m sorry, you’re released” I was like, “Ok… you’re kidding me” He said, “No… listen to my voice.”
Roode talks to Bleacher Report about TNA and WWE co-existing.
I think we can co-exist. I think that competition is very good, I can’t see why WWE or TNA, one or the other, should go away. It’s great for the fans, it’s great for the wrestling business. I think that TNA offers the wrestling world an alternative in a way that they haven’t had in many years.
Aries talks to The Room radio show about booking in TNA and the current state of the company.
I think TNA’s fine. I think people get a little wrapped up in the day-to-day operations, per se. They like to maybe read into things without really having the knowledge of everything that’s going on behind the scenes. … My paychecks are coming. I’m working consistently … There’s a lot of good things on the horizon.