On the Base Brawl tour coming to Brooklyn on July 5th: "Yeah thatās becoming like a big show for TNA every single year going to Coney Island. Iāve been on every single one of the shows. Some of TNAās biggest crowds show up for that event. And I think the main event that night is me, defending my world heavyweight championship against āThe Olympic Gold Medalistā Kurt Angle."
On Sting reforming the Main Event Mafia: "I find it very interesting that nobody wanted to come to Stingās aid at Slammiversary but now everybody wants to be buddy-buddy with him. Iāll tell you the reason why. You guys havenāt figured it out, have you? Itās been a big question mark in the minds of wrestling fans for a couple of weeks now. Let me tell you something about pro wrestlers. They are amongst the most selfish people youāre ever gonna meet. Ok? What was the stip of that match? The stip was that if I beat Sting, he could never wrestle for the TNA world heavyweight championship again. Right? So why would any wrestler wanna help Sting win because if Sting would have won, he would have become the world heavyweight champion. Which would keep him in the world heavyweight title picture forever. Thus having to wrestle those guys who didnāt come down to save him."
On why Sting would choose someone (Kurt Angle) who was backstage at Slammiversary to be in the Main Event Mafia: "Iām not sure if Kurt was backstage. I donāt know who stuck around. But I have no idea why he would choose Kurt Angle. I mean the obvious reason is; I guess because they were in the Main Event Mafia before. I gotta tell ya, I wouldnāt trustāif I was Sting, I wouldāve probably disappeared for a little while. Because I donāt know how all of the sudden heās gonna put his trust in guys that wouldnāt even come out to watch his back."
On Sting referring to the Aces and Eights as a family: "At the end of the day thereās one goal. Listen the Aces and Eights may take a couple lumps here and there, win some, lose some. The ultimate goal is at the end of the day I keep the world heavyweight championship and as long as thatās done all is good in Hellās Kitchen."
On it being perceived that Kurt Angle took out all of Aces and Eights on his own on Impact: "Well I donāt know if it was only Kurt who did it. Maybe Sting has already assembled his Main Event Mafia and he just hasnāt revealed everybody yet. Weāll definitely gonna get to the bottom of things and Iām sure you havenāt heard the last of the Aces and Eights when it comes to dealing with the Main Event Mafia."
On if there is conflict within the Aces and Eights amongst the members: "Listen youāre dealing with egos, ok? You got an ego likeāKen Andersonās got an ego. Devonās got an ego. Docās got an ego. You know they allāeverybodyās got an agenda and an ego. Itās probablyāitās up to me to keep those guys together. And I will. Every once in a while youāre gonna hit a bump in the road. Weāve been hitting a couple bumps in the road but Iām still the champion and thatās all that matters."
On if Chris Sabin is the future of the wrestling business like Hulk Hogan said at Slammiversary: "Well you know what? Whether I like people or not, I always give guys their due. How they are in the ring, as wrestlers, as athletes, as entertainers. You got to give Sabin credit. Heās coming back now from two blown out knees. He was part of a really, really quality tag team in the Motor City Machineguns. And just getting back into the mix here and champion already. If heās the guy that wants to step up, Iām sure me and Chris Sabin will have a phenomenal match. And right now there are a bunch of guys in the X division that if they did step up, Iām sure there would be a real quality match. But at the end of the day, Iām sure Iām gonna find a way to get the job done and beat them."
On Bully not looking like the type of guy who would put other wrestlers over: "Well Iām honest, thatās the thing. People think just because Iām a BMF and cause Iām intimidating and cause Iām a bully and all that stuff that Iām not gonna be honest. Iām very honest about guys. You give meāyou throw me out a name and Iāll give you my honest opinion how I feel about them as a performer or an entertainer. Chris Sabināyou gotta give a guy credit. Yeah, little history question for you. How many people have kicked out of the Dudley Death Drop? One. Sabin has. Name me one other tag team finishing move or singleās finishing move for that matter that has only been kicked out of one time. (Silence) There ya go; you gotta give the guy credit. Ok, that move won me and Devon 23 world tag team titles and heās the only guy that ever kicked out of it. What am I gonna do? Tell him heās a piece of crap? Sabin is a phenomenal talent. And everyāI truly believe that every division in TNA is superior to any other division in any other company. I really believe it has the best talent roster, pool out there."
His feelings on Matt Morgan: "Well, let me ask you this. You were the guys that put wrestling under the microscope on a weekly basis, ok? Youāre fans; youāre analysts of the industry. Tell me why Matt Morgan after how many years now? Over ten years in the business? Long time in the business, you tell me your opinion why he has not gotten farther. Give me a one word answer. Hey, how many times in sports do we see a quality athlete or a quality team who just canāt win the big one? Maybe thatās him. Maybe heās really, really good but just canāt get to that next level where he could become a world champion. Or become the "It" guy for a company. I mean, yeah, you look at him, seven feet tall, super impressive body. Hell, if I had Matt Morganās body my entire career; Iād be making 10 million dollars a year right now. I donāt know. Iām not in his brain. I donāt know what makes Matt Morgan operate. Definitely has all the tools, not quite sure why he has not gotten farther. I mean he stole Hulk Hoganās cape. You think that would have lit a fire under Hulk Hoganās ass. But maybe screwing his daughter maybe lit more of a fire under his ass. So there you go. One guy steals the cape; I have sex with his daughter. There you go. But those are the things that maybe are, maybe held him back. Maybe he needs to do something with a little bit more substance. Maybe he has to get himself noticed a little bit more. Everything is there. He has a god-like physique. Heās got it all. Iām not quite sure either way."
On if there are guys in the locker room that he thinks if they push a little harder will get to the next level: "Well the guy that I think can take it to the next level, the guy that Iāve been pretty supportive of, is Magnus. Cause I look at Magnus in the same way that, you know like a Matt Morgan. Physique, he has the look. Magnus, he can talk. Heās very physical in the ring. And itās just gonna take the right things to click for it to happen with him. I mean, when you look at Magnus right now he has like the, he is the poster boy for what a pro wrestler in 2013 should look like. Natural physique, looks good, heās got all the tools. Hopefully he can go far with it. And there are plenty of guys in the industry who, you know probably could have gotten a lot farther in their career if they would have just worked harder and not just sat around and accepted mediocrity."
On if Crimson fits into that category with Magnus: "Yes. Crimson, another guy with a great look. Crimson needs to get over some of his mental fears in the ring. Heās still very young in the ring. So sometimes you get in that ring and your mind gets the best of you. And it starts racing. And you might be one step ahead of yourself. I believe that is one of Crimsonās problems right at this very moment that I foresee him overcoming. And being able to do something real in the industry. Guys, when youāre young and you first get in that wrestling ring, itās not easy. You know you have to be a Jedi knight in there. You have to calm down. Like you said, they gotta let the game come to them. Now Crimson, yes. Has to let the game come to him. Matt Morgan, been around a long time, heās gotta go take the game. Because, listen. Years going on, not getting any younger. You have to go take the game. How did a guy at 39 years old, who has been part of one of the most recognizable tag teams in the entire history of the business, lose a hundred pounds, reinvent his body, his persona, his everything and become a world heavyweight champion? Do you think I sat there and waited for the game to come to me? No. I took the game by the balls."
His feelings on the Bound for Glory series in general and if he thinks it takes away from feuds: "Feuds will always be there. Feuds are what make pro wrestling. I like the Bound for Glory series. I like the idea of a tournament. I like when thereās points on the line. And I like having to fight for the goal of the world heavyweight championship because at the end of the day, the world heavyweight championship or any other respected championships in a company should be the most important thing. So I have always enjoyed this series. I think itās something that makes TNA different. I actually think they should add a stip to the Bound for Glory series. And Iām going to pull this from soccer. From like the Premier league or the Italian league. I think whoever finishes in last in the Bound for Glory series should be relegated. And should have to be sent down to TNAās developmental territory. Or should have to be not be on TV for 90 days or whatever it is. So that evenāso no matter who wins gets the world title shot but even on that last day, guys would be fighting for last place. So I like the whole idea of the Bound for Glory series and I also like the fact that it puts credibility back into the wrestling part of our industry."
On how the BFG series being so long throws back to old school wrestling: "Sure. And an old school wrestling mentality is best when stories play out and feuds play out and a tournament plays out for a long period of time. A slow burn. Slow and steady wins the race. So Iām thoroughly in favored and I think coming out of the Bound for Glory series, youāll probably see new feuds heat up from what goes down in the tournament. I think it makes TNA unique to any other brand out there. And at this stage of the game TNA needs to do whatever they can do to make themselves different. I think the past two years have been very interesting. I think Iāve been in the final the past two years. So I figure if I canāt just win the damn thing, I might as well just pull the wool over everybodyās eyes, fool the whole world and screw āem out of it. Soā¦that worked."
On if Hogan will be fit enough for one more match in a couple of months: "Absolutely. See you guys donāt see what I see and you donāt know what I know. Listen, like I say Iām always honest. At the end of the day, if you donāt think Hulk Hogan has at least one match left in him, youāre fooling yourselves. Hulk Hogan is a very tough man. Heās been around this industry for a long time. Heās gonna save it all up for one more match. Who knows? That one more match may be against me, it might not. I donāt know. But heās got one more in him. And I donāt care what anybody says whether itās the extremely smart fans or the novice fans. In some way, shape or form, everybody wants to see Hulk Hogan one last time. Even if itās the morbid curiosity of will he take a step in the ring and his knees will blow out? You wanna see it one more time. Maybe you donāt want to see it against me and thatās fine. But youāre gonna wanna see it one more time. What is he supposed to do? What is Hulk Hogan supposed to do? Just ride off into the sunset and not have one last moment in the middle of a ring? He deserves it . And the fans should be more appreciative of the fact that he wants to have one more match. Do you think that Sting was actually gonna step in there with me, not ready to go? And did you not think that I was gonna bring it to Sting so hard that he would be forced to up his game? Thatās the thing. Once that bell rings and youāre standing across from me, you might have that moment where you go āoh sh**.ā No matter what, heās going to bring it to me and I better up my game. I better become the Sting of old. I better become the Hulk Hogan of old. Otherwise this guy is gonna eat my guts. And thatās what Iām gonna do."
On where did the idea to cut open the ring at Slammiversary came from: "My idea. Thatās one of those cool visuals that Iāve been saving for the right time. A wrestling ring is no joke. Itās just like bumping on, falling down on concrete. Itās a canvas with a bout an inch of padding and then those hard wooden beams. And steel underneath there. The one thing that I was most proud of when it came to that visual was it had never been done before. And finding things in pro wrestling in 2013 that have never been done before is very hard to do. I mean Tazz and Bigelow back in ā97 going through the middle of the ring. Innovative. They were the first to do it, make no mistake. All of things that you see, have seen over the past 10 years, ECW had done it first. And this one is one that Iāve been saving for the right time. And the thing that I really enjoyed about me and Stingās match was the piledriver. Putting the credibility on the one move that had been barred more than any other move, you know in the history of pro wrestling. Sting told me he was gonna try to break my arm and break my leg. And I said Iām not going to try that to you, Iām gonna break your neck. And the idea of the piledriver is because of my affinity for Terry Funk. And Iāll never forget the day Funk piledrove Flair through a table. Which is technically, I believe, and I think you can find other examples, it might even be Kevin Sullivan, but that time was the first time you ever saw a table come into play. Although I do think Kevin Sullivan used tables back down in Florida before that."
On the state of tag team divisions today: "Unfortunately tag team wrestling no matter where you look in the world is, as Iāve said before, itās becoming extinct. I actually feel kind of bad about it because I donāt think it shouldāve ever had happened. I understand kind of why it happened. Iāve said it before we live in a very selfish era. And wrestlers are selfish and I donāt think there are guys who are willing to share the spotlight anymore with another guy. I think guys just wanna hog it all for themselves. One of the things that made me and Devon so successful were, we were very comfortable sharing the spotlight. We knew that we were worth more together than we were apart. And a lot of guys canāt co-exist that way. And how do you go into a company? Do you go into TNA or WWE as a team? I mean I donāt even think you can step foot into the WWE door saying āHey weāre coming in as a teamā without them going no youāre not. Hopefully itāll turn around one day."