Konnan On The Jericho Incident, WWE In Mexico, Lack Of Respect

Bill Behrens

http://www.mondaynightmayhem.com/

Here are some highlights of Konnan’s interview on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s correspondent, Dan Kriegbaum:
 
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Konnan called into The Mayhem during the show’s final segment to wish The Big Mosh & Blade good luck in their future success after seven long years of wrestling radio. Mosh thanked Konnan on the kind words, as well as being one of the most-frequent guests in Mayhem history (going back to 2003 & the program’s days @ 91.3 FM WBNY), adding that Konnan has been one of the most straight-forward guys when it comes to setting the record straight.

As a way to "continue the trend," The Big Mosh asked Konnan how he thinks the business has changed throughout The Mayhem’s on-air history, from 2002 until the present. Konnan said that wrestling has evolved in both the United States & Mexico over the past seven years, just like anything else has, naming television shows & electronic gadgets as two prime examples. He added that while wrestling has progressed & evolved, it also has taken a step back. "There is way too little wrestling, way too many skits, way too many people being brought up too early, when I broke in there was no way the Divas would be put on TV before they were ready. Now they’re just throwing people out there that aren’t ready which affects the match quality & the rhythm of the match." He also agreed with something Kevin Nash said recently, in that when both of them started, the locker room was full of guys who had been wrestling for years who were just getting a big break — unlike now, where it is a majority of younger talent…some of which whom lack the proper respect.

The Mayhem Crew then asked Konnan for his thoughts on the recent Chris Jericho incident in Victoria, British Columbia, that has been picked up by various news outlets, where he allegedly punched a female fan. Konnan said it sounded pretty crazy, although he has not seen anything about it yet (at the time of his Mayhem appearance), as he just got back to the States from Mexico. He said it seemed uncharacteristic for Jericho to do what he did, but says that he knows Jericho puts up with a lot of stuff & must have been in a bad mood to even get out of the car, "knowing that in this day of cell phone cameras, video, & security cameras, that anything you do in public can be recorded, so I’m very surprised that he did that in public & did it at all."

Mosh & Blade asked Konnan about how World Wrestling Entertainment is handling their current status with the Hispanic demographic & what lies ahead in the future leading into WrestleMania XXV. Konnan said that WWE has been doing awesome in Mexico, just like they have been everywhere else, with an "incredible live show" backed up by "incredible production." Konnan said that the WWE even took over AAA’s timeslot through Televisa in Mexico, because Televisa thought the WWE would be the more-viewed show, even though AAA has been "winning in the ratings for the last month or month & a half." Konnan said that they altered their product a little to compete, including more storylines & better production. He said that Rey Mysterio is a guy that Mexicans really get behind, which is due to the push, stating "if you’re a lower level or mid-card guy, they don’t really get behind you, no matter how many Mexican flags you wave." He then named other superstars of Mexican decent, including Chavo Guerrero & the current WWE Women’s Champion, Melina, but said that they do not get that big of a reaction, mainly because they never wrestled there before the WWE like the other Guerreros & big Mexican stars.

More is contained in this near 20-minute exclusive interview with "The K-Dawg," including: his current role in AAA, why wrestling is still so huge in Mexico, & some shout-outs to everybody involved in his career (including The LAX), to which he had to say "keep holding it down, in spite of all the crap you have to work with."

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