Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Sep 28, 2013
Is TNA An Option For MVP, WWE Return?, & More

Is TNA An Option For MVP, WWE Return?, & More

MVP recently spoke with Busted Open Radio about his career and more. Check out the highlights:

On his the current status of his wrestling career: “I’ve been fun–employed, living life and enjoying it. As far as the musical single, it’s a hobby that I’ve been having fun with, if it catches on and something happens, that’s cool. It’s just an outlet for me. I’ve been in touch with my people from Lionsgate developing this TV show that’s in the works, not a reality show! It’s a documentary show and taking some time off from wrestling. Let my body heal up and checking out the scene.”

On leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling: “I wanted to stay closer to home to work that’s in development which is pretty cool. But besides that just recharging the batteries. I love New Japan (Pro Wrestling). People that know me and know my story and know that Japanese wrestling is the apex of pro wrestling for me. To have been in Japan, to have been the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champions, to have been accepted in there wrestling culture and to have spent the time there was a dream come true and I needed to back up for a second, reassess the scene and decide what I wanted to do.”

On whether he would rather wrestle in Japan or the United States: “That’s the beautiful thing of having options. As I understand it, when I gave my notice to New Japan they made it very clear when I wanted to return, the door was open for my return. Now that All-Japan (Pro Wrestling) is trying to kick things up, (Masahiro) Chono is there, my good friend Low-Ki is there, I understand that D-Lo (Brown) is there, I’ve been told there is some interest on that side of the street. Domestically, when I left WWE, I was told that the door is still open. I was there when they were here in Houston recently for Smackdown and I came by and said hello, gave hi-fives to everybody and there was no serious conversation about a potential return but if there was a discussion and I would be defiantly willing to talk and that’s kind of where we left it. Same thing with TNA. I’m always willing to talk but it’s just not there right now. The scene is real interesting. WWE is banged up with injuries and a lot of young guys that they are trying to make. TNA seems to be restricting financially. Domestically, it is an interesting time right now to see what happens now. I’m just kicking back with my feet up and seeing how things develop but there’s no telling.”

On if TNA is an option?: “It’s an option for two reasons. Your wrestling fans will understand me but your WWE fans will have no idea what I’m talking about. The first reason is when I started training in Duke “The Dumpster” Droese’s warehouse wrestling school, I was training to be a professional wrestler and I thought at that point of my career if I had the chance to wrestle in Puerto Rico that would be pretty damn cool. Then Norman Smiley took me under his wing and started polishing me up about Japanese wrestling and that was my goal. I wanted to wrestle in Japan that was my dream! As luck would have it, I was able to spend time in WWE. So for me, I’m a professional wrestler, I’m not a “WWE superstar”, that’s where I made my name and that’s where I had most of my fame and success but before that I wrestled in the territories of Puerto Rico in the independents, had my time in WWE, had my time in Japan, so if I were to go to TNA, TNA would be another chapter of my wrestling career like the guys back in the day that did territories. You did time here and time there and that was your career and that’s kind of how I see myself. I don’t see myself as Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola, I see myself as Cola, I’m not branded and I go wherever I want to go. The second reason why I would go is Samoa Joe. As far as the Japanese style, wanting to go and having that kind of match, Samoa Joe is a guy that I wanted to wrestle for ten years and I think Joe and I can do some epic, epic damage to each other.”

On TNA changing its public perspective: “Wow, how much time do we have? It’s weird cause it’s difficult to give criticism without being labeled a “hater” or I’ve had people tell me: “You sound salty” or “Your criticizing WWE”, I give criticism where I see its due and I think TNA has made the mistake of focusing on older guys for the sake of nostalgia or name without spending enough time building younger stars and that’s the kind of stuff that WWE is dealing with now. When you don’t spend enough time grooming and developing younger stars then there tends to be a backlash. I think the problem is and I heard a lot of people say this and some of guys there say this but it kind of seems like WCW light and what WCW was like at the end and as far as the fans are concerned, they want something else. The best and most lucrative time for the business was during the “Monday Night Wars” where there were twelve million people a week tuning into wrestling. Where did those people go? They are out there somewhere. What are they watching now? They are not all watching WWE and they are not watching TNA. I think in order for TNA to be a viable option for WWE is to go in a totally different direction. I think that a guy like AJ Styles was pretty much the backbone of the company, he is TNA Wrestling for all intents and purposes, and he shouldn’t be upset. There is no reason for a guy like him to be upset, he should be well taken care of and happy and there shouldn’t be guys questioning if they are getting paid and that’s another big issue that I’ve been hearing about and it’s there finances . So if their talent pool isn’t happy and if they have guys that are grumbling because they are not being given an opportunity because of guys higher up the ladder that aren’t making way for those opportunities and for being allowed to make those opportunities for the younger guys then you tend to run into some trouble.”

On whether TNA or the WWE Performance Center makes more sense for a young wrestler: “It’s what you want as a professional wrestler. How do you define a successful career? On a few occasions, I’ve been asked to do training seminars and I break the guys into three groups. I want one group that does professional wrestling as a hobby. You got a full time job, a couple kids and a wife and you wrestle on the weekends for fun, you get out to the school once a week for practice and professional wrestling is your softball league, those guys stand in one group. Those of you who are hoping to have fun for a while, maybe get to wrestler overseas for a bit but you’re not trying to become a “superstar” but you want to wrestle in Japan, Mexico, Europe and willing to make the sacrifice and go through the pro wrestling phase then go stand in this group. Then if your goal is to be a superstar, you want to be on TV, you want to be a famous wrestler, you want to be a “rich and famous” wrestler then WWE is the place to go, if that is what you want and if that’s your goal, then the performance center is the way to go. However, just because you go there, doesn’t mean you are going to make TV. You got over a hundred that are trying to compete for TV time, you have to come out with a gimmick that will get you on TV whereas TNA that pool is a lot shallower so you have a much better chance to make it to TV and apply your trade. If you’re coming out of college and you have the option to go to the NFL or the CFL, it’s kind of a no-brainer.”

On WWE being more appealing with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk on top: “Sure! We often would joke that about wrestling for F.I.P. many years ago in Crystal River, Florida in front of thirty drunken Mexicans at a bar, I don’t know what the hell it was but guys wanted to wrestle Bryan back in the day, he was tremendous. I can’t tell you how I proud I am to see two of those guys who I admired back in there Ring of Honor days on top in WWE. Especially having that international background and that appreciation for pro wrestling that came from my school of thought to make it to the top in that company. Talk about going against the odds, they are everything that a WWE champion has never been. It thrills me and the thought of going back and working with Punk or working with Bryan or working with those guys is great I know there style and they know my style and I think we would complement each other well, its intriguing.”

On the state of Pro Wrestling in Japan: “The state of Pro Wrestling in Japan is that New Japan (Pro Wrestling) is the top dog. New Japan is doing great business and draws great houses everywhere. I remember talking to the office one day and I won’t say who made the statement but the statement was made that if Tanahashi left New Japan the response was “Big, big problem. Serious Problem.” He is that guy that sells the tickets and with Okada emergence as a top tier player, he has made that New Japan ticket hotter. Sadly NOAH Pro Wrestling is up against the ropes. They are not doing that great. Recently a bunch of guys from NOAH left to join All Japan (Pro Wrestling). I don’t believe NOAH has any television right now and when (Mitsuharu) Misawa passed away that dealt them a blow. All-Japan was on the rope as well and it looked like they were going to go under but the new owner (Japanese corporation Speed Partners) seems to have big pockets. Muta left to form his own company Wrestle-1 and All Japan is getting back into the game and from what I gather New Japan is actually helping them out a little bit.”

On if WWE would be better if TNA was excellent: “I think there is a different mindset in Japan from the mindset of how they do their business. I think the WWE mindset is to crush all and don’t give anyone breathing room. I think that’s how it comes across. The most prosperous time for pro wrestling is when there was competition during the “Monday Night Wars.” That’s when everyone was watching and that’s when it was hot when the NFL wanted to pay Vince (McMahon) to move Monday Night Raw because it was cutting into their viewership. That’s very significant. For the Americans that want to wrestle in Japan and if you’re a young guy coming up from the Dojo, you’re going to learn how to properly wrestle, pro wrestle and you’re going to be in amazing shape cause you have to go through the Dojo and I think there is a training video on YouTube of myself working out with the young guys. Try doing that hung over and trying to play it off. It’s a huge experience and if you look at New Japan, take a guy like “Machine Guy” Karl Anderson, he is one of the best talents you never heard of, Masahiro Chono won the G-1 Climax two years ago, the last time you saw that was with Rick Rude which was eleven or twelve years ago who is killing things over there and one of the best guys you probably never heard of. You asked me the question before if a wrestler should go to the WWE Performance Center or to TNA? If you had the option to go to Japan first was there, I would say go and later on if those options are there, definitely. The guys that were my wrestling heroes made their way in Japan like Eddie (Guererro), Dean (Malenko), Chris (Benoit), (Chris) Jericho, and (William) Regal spent their time in Japan and they would all tell you, that’s what made them better than they were.”

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16 Responses to “Is TNA An Option For MVP, WWE Return?, & More”

  1. Luchador says:

    I hope he doesn't go to TNA

  2. TwIsTeD_EnEmY says:

    I Remember he used to be so Anti-TNA after leaving WWE.
    Funny how things change when there aren't so many options out there for him anymore..

    • Mytimeznow says:

      Not just he , the worlds like that … infact even we are like that …
      Now that he is not soo anti TNA many will start praising him and saying things like he will be an asset to TNA, MVP possesses excellent skill set etc.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        I always though MVP was good, but always seemed to lack something in WWE for me. I know he's been doing a lot over in Japan as of recently, and many know working in Japan for a while will really improve a wrestler.

        • Mytimeznow says:

          MVP was never and will never be main event guy nor will he be useful for Xdivision … He will at most be used in tag team or TV title levels . I dont think he will be of gr8 value to TNA.

  3. Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

    Great read.

  4. hangers says:

    Wrestling is in bad shape in Japan, poor crowds regardless of the promotion. This fool is so full of shit and thinks no-one remembers him laughing at tna just after leaving wwe..

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      I don't remember him ever "laughing" at TNA, in fact in most interviews he said that it wasn't a possibility because he wanted to be in Japan. MVP said after his WWE release that he wanted to go to other countries for a while and do something different.

      Also the crowds in Japan are far different from those of the US… The ticket sales in Japan are great for a lot of the businesses over there. The thing you might not consider is that the culture is just different. The crowds in Japan don't scream and everything during the events out of respect for others, they don't do that because it's considered disrespectful to those around them who can't hear the show. They look at events like this as being the same as going to the movies, they sit down and enjoy the show.

      • stevontte1 says:

        I've seen plenty of interviews of him bashing tna. A lot of them are on this site as a matter of fact. My oh my how some people change like the wind when the door they thought was open slams in their face. Ha.

        • Philly_Cheese says:

          He never bashed TNA either… He said in interviews he had no interest in TNA. As far as I can recall he never really bashed TNA or anything like it, just stated he wasn't interested in them and wanted to go to Japan. The closest thing is when he said TNA is like a Toyota MR2 which wasn't really an insult.

      • hangers says:

        I go to Japan alot and crowds are way, way lower now than 10 years ago, and crowds are declining. Sumo's the only thing selling out every day… Many shows, including New Japan are lucky to draw above triple figures on an average house show.. I wish I had the time to find the old articles about MVP paying out TNA, it was prior to him joining NJPW…

        • Philly_Cheese says:

          You have to remember that the only other promotions that hit triple figures consistently for house shows is WWE… I mean TNA has built up a bad reputation for the house shows being totally dead… Even Mick Foley said at one point that working a house show for TNA was like having an empty arena match. Sumo has always and will always be the biggest thing in Japan, it's part of the culture, like football here in the US, and soccer (football) in the UK.

          • hangers says:

            Wrestling in general unfortunately, other than WWE, just doesn't draw anymore which is a shame as Ive enjoyed alot of smaller promotions shows over WWE as the wrestlers seem to put more into their performances. I really think the think there needs to be more cross promotion and talent sharing between NJPW, AAA and TNA..

    • stevontte1 says:

      I remember it very well my friend.

  5. Euphoria says:

    Again the stereotype of older guys wrestling. Sting is part time. Angle can still go. Hmm who are the vBulletin old guys besides them who are wrestling? Does he even watch TNA?

  6. Real Deal Heel says:

    I read none of it and scrolled down and posted…MVP just sucked the hell outta one cares..just fucking go away tool ass MVP. Arghhh…you were the most boring piece of shit EVER.

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