According to Prowrestling.net, AJ Styles was interviewed by Pro Wrestling Illustrated about all things TNA, and boy, is he not happy with that place. First, on losing the TNA “World” Title to Rob Van Dam as soon as RVD showed up:
I definitely didn’t understand it. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand it. I was very surprised that I would lose that title after holding it for so long, and to somebody who has basically been out of wrestling for over a year, and was coming in from WWE. And he should have been tired from wrestling a match before that. It was like I’m not the star I thought I was.
No, you’re not. When asked about recent changes TNA has made, including, I’m sure, bringing in the Nasty Boys, our favorite homophobe said:
I think there are mistakes that have been done. Things where you have to look at it and realize you have to take a step back. There were some people brought in that I don’t know that we needed, but there are other guys I think deserved a shot.
Wonderful! And here was a real gem:
I guess sometimes I wish that the higher-ups would come to me sometimes and ask, ‘Hey AJ, what do you think about this?’
Well, as soon as they want your opinion about stupid haircuts and being a hillbilly, I’m sure they’ll come running to you.
Also according to Prowrestling.net, Chris Jericho got in on the TNA-bashing fun:
They got nothing else going on, their booking is horrendous, and I say that with the utmost respect for those guys and I most desire to see them succeed, but it’s crap. You know it’s crap, they throw stuff up against the wall, and it’s so hard to watch when it doesn’t have to be.
They’re doing 10,000 buys on Pay-Per-View, so let’s bring back The Sandman and Sabu, and maybe they could do 30,000 buys. Go for it; maybe they can do something out of it. Having a guy like Tommy Dreamer involved behind the scenes might be what they need. Get rid of the same old stuff that they have been doing over and over, and bring in someone with a new perspective, and maybe that will help them get their heads out of there asses and just making some money instead of doing this as sort of a vanity project that’s been treading water for the last four years.
I love that freakin’ guy. Another guy I love is Jim Cornette, and here’s his latest on Vince Russo and Dixie Carter, courtesy of Fanhouse.com (by way of, you guessed it, Prowrestling.net):
Nobody can succeed with Vince Russo even working in the company, much less creative,” Cornette said. “And that is the one person Dixie Carter has protected at all turns. Nobody understands it. Nobody can explain it.
And god knows we’ve tried. Now, I could post all of the positive things that have been said about TNA recently, but they only come from Tommy Dreamer, Dixie Carter and Eric Bischoff, who by an amazing coincidence work for and collect a paycheck from TNA. (In related news, my mom thinks I’m cool.) Or I could tell you about how, according to Prowrestling.net, Samoa Joe blew up on Vince Russo right in front of Dixie Carter for the production team doing something he asked them not to. But really, what the fuck does Samoa Joe know, right, Vixie? Er, I mean, Dince? -Eric