The Phoenix New Times out of Phoenix, AZ recently did a very interesting interview with TNA star and soon-to-be TNA Hall of Famer. The fifteen-time World Champion discussed his Hall of Fame induction, the possibility of him ever joining WWE, WWE owning footage of his time in WCW, and several other topics. Here are the highlights:
Differences between WWE and TNA: “I have not really watched their [WWE] product for some time now. Occasionally, I’ll flip through and I’ll see little bits and pieces here and there, but I really don’t know what is going on up there. For 27 years, I’ve been doing this and I’ve [hardly ever] watched our [WCW/TNA] product or watched anything I’ve ever done. I’m more of a ‘hands-on guy’ while I’m there in the thick of it and it’s happening. But watching it on TV after it’s already been done? You know, I’ve just never done that.”
“I’m glad that the storylines are what they are now. I don’t agree with everything happening [in TNA], but, again, whatever is put before me, I will always just try to enhance or tweak or make changes that I think will make it better for everybody. And I’m not just talking about for myself, I’m talking about for everybody.”
If He Will Ever Be Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame: “Well, I know, every year, there seems to be talk of it. There’s rumors that always fly. It was all over the internet pretty big last year or the year before. So, I don’t know, especially now that I will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. They may just turn the page at that point. I have no idea.”
WWE Owning Footage of His WCW Career: “Yeah, that’s tough for me. It really is. I’ve been public about this over the years, although I don’t feel that way anymore. At that particular time [when WWE bought WCW], it was like the enemy came in and took all the women and children, raped and pillaged and whatever else happened. It was a hostile takeover, it was surreal. I couldn’t believe it and, when [WCW] ended, it was a weird deal. There have been times over the years where I wanted to have some footage to use for other personal things in life and I don’t have it. Although I did call once and they [WWE] were great. They gave me whatever I needed and it was nice. It was for religious purposes. I was giving testimony in churches and different places like that and I just wanted to have some footage and, of course, as long as it was going to be used in that setting, they really didn’t mind.”
If He Would Ever Join WWE: “It’s too tough of a question to answer because it’s not just what they would do, it would have to depend on what the dynamics of that particular time would be. What’s going on? What’s the context? For example, right here with TNA, what are my choices? You just never say never.”
Who He’d Like to Face Outside of TNA: “Everybody knows that, as far as non-TNA wrestlers, it would have to be Undertaker. Always wanted to have one real cool thing with ‘Taker. The last time I spoke with him was when he was with WCW [as “Mean” Mark Callous]. Teddy Long was his manager and I actually worked with him. We worked a few matches.”
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