On The Jump To TNA: “It felt like I’d done everything I could in WWE. I did give announcing a try for five months, which was long enough to realize it wasn’t something I wanted to pursue. The TNA opportunity sounded like a positive way to make a difference in the wrestling business. I thought I would have some doubts, but it’s been a guilt-free move – the best thing I could have done. Anytime wrestlers have an option and are actually in a position to negotiate and deal from a position of strength, it’s good for everybody. I had always believed, and written in a book that WWE published, that the wrestling business would be better off with a viable second (option). I was pretty sure my difference-making days at WWE were over.”
On Wrestling In The Carolinas: “That was an exciting atmosphere where this small promotion was drawing up to 3,500 people to see names from the past. I always felt like I was someplace special when I performed in Charlotte. Charlotte was a city that was difficult for WWE to crack for many years, although they do well there now. The people are open to a different option.”
On His Next Book Project: “The new movie The Wrestler is getting such positive buzz, I’m thinking of revisiting a thought I had to fictionalize a 1987 trip I made to West Africa. It was a hectic trip, and the government was overthrown within weeks after I left. I had always thought I could tell an interesting tale, but until the critical acclaim of The Wrestler, I didn’t think there would be interest.