World Wrestling Insanity interview with Homicide (Interview available at WorldWrestlingInsanity.com via ClubWWI.)
The main question on everyone’s mind is obviously Homicide’s departure from TNA so soon after Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came into power. His release felt sudden and it left many wondering about the reasons behind it. Homicide explains to ClubWWI.com members that there are no hard feelings, he just simply needed to do what was right for himselfâ€¦
“Hogan and Bischoff have got a different vision. They don’t come to TNA to destroy TNA. They came in to have a different vision. And if I’m not part of their vision, I’m out. I’m not gonna stay and – I’m not gonna say job out but – basically losing money and losing my fanbase and things I can do good. I’m very confident I can be a major star. I’m not gonna be the next Triple H, John Cena, but I always say I will be the next Terry Funk. Meaning that when I die, people are going to remember my name.”
Speaking of names, the character “Suicide” seems to be a topic that Cide is asked about a lot. Getting its start in TNA Impact – The Video Game, Suicide always seemed to be too close to Homicide’s name for some fans to understand. Guttman cites Cide’s post X-Division Title win promo on Impact when, after hearing Suicide’s name mentioned, he rolled his eyes and said, “Yeah. Suicide. Great name.” Does that hold true for Homicide both in and out of the ring? As his ClubWWI.com interview continues, he answersâ€¦
“I think the name was stupid. Homicide. Suicide. Look at that. They match. Then people joking around saying, ‘Oh team them up and call them Genocide’ It’s stupid. I don’t know who came up with that name. I don’t know if it was Midway. I don’t know if it was TNA. I don’t know. As a wrestler, character, I liked it. It’s original. It’s different. I wish the character Suicide got a bigger push. I don’t know what happened. If it’s on delay, but to me – the name is dumb. It’s the same. It’s the same.”
James points out how the name “Homicide” might sound threatening because it means to kill someone else. But Sucicide? Well, that means killing yourself and there’s nothing really intimidating about that.
With all the talk of names, Guttman brings up a favorite topic on ClubWWI – new WWE star name changes. It seems that all the newcomers get repackaged with a new first and last name. He asks Homicide what the chances will be that we might see him pop up on the FCW website with something like “John Stevens” under his picture. Cide laughs and the surprises everyone with an answer that shows he’s thinking ahead far more than most others doâ€¦
“My goal is to wrestle (Madison Square Garden). If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But the only ones who wrestle MSG are the ones who go to WWE. As for the name ‘Homicide’, I would love to bring that name over there but I’d rather keep it where it is, in the Indys and in the Tri-State area. I would have no problem with going to WWE and having them give me a ridiculous name like ‘Brute Force’ or something like that. It doesn’t matter.
“If they tell me they want to keep ‘Homicide’, that would be cool. That would be cool. But I’d rather have Homicide stay in the Indys and stay at the Tri-State area because look at the Dudleys, man. They went to WWE, Vince McMahon bought their name, and now they’re Team 3D. Now I love the name Team 3D because they got the best finisher in the world and no one ever kicked out of it. So me going to WWE with the name change might be a little bit of an issue, but, hey man, I can’t argue. I’d rather leave the name in the Tri-State area and the Indys.”
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