I’ve been with TNA since the very beginning and I want to see them succeed, I feel like I have a lot to give not just to TNA but the wrestling business as a whole, I just felt that right now I can help TNA out a lot.
It was one of the things that a lot of the fans wrote into TNA and said that one of the things that they missed was beer money, so TNA came to me and Bobby and asked if we wanted to do it. We talked it over and it was really one of the things that helped me make my decision to come back. Me and Bobby have always had a chemistry, whether it’s against each other or tagging together.
I pride myself on being able to wrestle and adapt to any style there is, whether its wrestling a big man, brawls, hard-core matches or high-flying… not that I do the high-flying. It’s one of those things where I’m able to work with anyone and I think NXT kind of saw that too, that I could help out the guys there with my knowledge of the wrestling business.
Oh yeah, it kind of reminded me of when TNA was first starting out, all the guys are hungry and had a chip on their shoulders looking to prove they have what it takes.
No, it was never an all-out decision to come back to TNA, Me and Hunter (Triple H) had a talk and as far as I’m aware left the door open, Hunter has done some great things for NXT, no matter what people may think of his on screen character, behind the scenes he’s one of the most passionate guys in the business.
Yeah I find it really easy to do the beer money stuff, but even the stuff I was doing down at NXT, I spoke to hunter and he said, I just want you to be you, I was like okay cool ha-ha.
I just love going out there and having fun, because people want to see a great wrestling match but they also want to be involved and entertained at the same time, so it can be tricky to combine all those things in the short time that you get while you’re out there.
For fans watching throughout the years will have seen many sides of you, you’ve been face, you’ve been a heel and you have been somewhere in between, it’s one of those things as a fan we never know what to expect, for example with beer money, you can be best friends one second and breaking beer bottles over each others heads the next minute.
If you think it’s crazy as a fan, try being my partner, last show we did on TV, Bobby looked at me and was like where the hell are you going? I just jumped out the ring, grabbed some beer money signs and did the beer money chant, and he’s the same way, I have no clue what that guy is going to do every night.
Yeah I’m not sure if you’ll see Beer Money vs Motor City machine guns but I have always prided myself in whatever division I’ve been in making it the best and now that I am doing Beer Money again we want to bring tag team wrestling back to the forefront of impact wrestling, a lot of fans right now are bidding for a Beer Money vs The Wolves best of 5 match.
Yeah me and Bobby definitely feel like we can get the tag division back to where it was or we wouldn’t be doing this, it’ll take a little bit of time but we are hoping to get there sooner rather than later.
I would probably say, Me, Bobby and the Harris brothers, Ron and Don are two guys that you probably don’t want to be locked into a cage with because they are some bad boys. I can remember a time I told Ron Harris I was going to body slam him and come off the top rope with an elbow, he said you try it and I’m going to punch you in your face, I said sounds good sir ha-ha.
Yeah, a lot of people have asked me this question, and I always say wait to see how the story plays out, because it can help to build a bigger star. Especially now that you want to see Triple H get beat. Its genuine, real heat, you’re there thinking this SOB, I really want this guy to get beat now.
At this point in my career titles don’t really mean that much to me simply because when I go to the bank they don’t ask me if I’m a world champion or not. On the other side, people realise being the best as holding a title, so for me id like to be back in the world title picture, but right now I’m going to focus on making the tag division great again.
I think it was on the 4th or 5th UK tour, myself and Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) actually went to a Manchester united game, it reminded me of a wrestling show, whereas the fans all game long were chanting stuff, I didn’t know what they were chanting but I pretended I did.
We have a saying in the wrestling business that is “Never say never” you never know what tomorrow might bring so for me I just take it one day at a time.
Well what we do know is what the weekend will bring and that is the unrivalled action of Impact Wrestling invading the UK. TNA’s Maximum Impact tour starts this Friday in Manchester, don’t miss out on your chance to see James and all of the TNA Wrestlers as they bid farewell to one of Wrestling’s biggest icons, Kurt Angle.
Tickets are on sale now – http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/TNA-Wrestling-tickets/artist/1008830
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