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The following are interview highlights with TNA color-commentator Taz:
The launch of his new dojo (The Team Taz Finishing Camp), what his time in the industry has taught him leading: into the launch of his newest venture, and what students can expect if trained by Taz: "The Team Taz Dojo basically encompasses everything I’ve done in my career (from ECW, to WWE, to currently TNA), because I’ve been fortunate enough to feel that I’ve learned so much about this industry about what a performer needs to do and not do in front of the curtain and behind the curtain.
"I’ve done a lot of the right things business wise, and I’ve done some bad things business wise, so that helps me become a better instructor to help the new generation of wrestler. The deal with my dojo is you’re dealing directly with me. This is not ‘the blind leading the blind,’ or ‘this is one of Taz’s guys…he worked out with him.’ I’m the guy that’s gonna sit there with you and break down your matches with you."
Why he believes that TNA’s decision to take Impact on the road to Fayetteville, N.C. for an upcoming set of television tapings next month is "well overdue" and the importance of taking the televised TNA product on the road: "I think us going to do TV on the road is something that’s well overdue. Even well before I was a member of TNA, I really think this was something that TNA should have done. It’s a lot harder to pull this off than people know. We are going to shoot TV on the road. It’s not a cheap thing, but I think Dixie (Carter) realizes that it’s something that needs to be done.
"They are very nice people in The Impact Zone, the people that come to the show, but it’s a completely different feel than when you go to a TNA live event and then you watch the audience or hear the audience on television. It’s a completely different feel. The people in The Impact Zone, and no knock on them, they’ve seen a lot. We put out a lot out in front of them. They get a little spoiled, and that’s only normal I think."
What he feels are the biggest professional differences between TNA and the WWE: "It’s a different world in TNA. WWE has been around for over 50 years, so it’s like how do you prepare a company that’s been in business for 8 1/2 half years like TNA has? I knew that coming in that it was a smaller company when it comes to that, obviously since it’s a younger company. The only thing that I see that we could get better at is the amount of man power we have, and that’s just needing more bodies behind the scenes to do more things. But that comes in time."
Check out the interview online at MondayNightMayhem.com.
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