Mike Buda with Top Rope Radio (every Tuesday 3-5pm CT) on SportstownChicago.com, recently interviewed Rhett Titus and he talked about ROH's Boiling Point, Kevin Steen's attack on fans, his feelings towards Kenny King, the status of the All Night Express, teaming up with Charlie Haas and explains how a promotion can keep its talent happy. Here are the highlights of the interview:
On Kenny King leaving ROH for TNA and what he would do in that position:
"I started my career in Ring of Honor, I trained there, I came up through Ring of Honor and I made my name through Ring of Honor. If I was ever presented with that opportunity, I would never want to leave ROH that way. No offense to Kenny or whatever happened there, but I'd want the proper sendoff. I wouldn't want to burn my bridge going out and ROH has done a lot for me and I've done a lot for ROH as well. I would just like to go out on a high note instead of a low note and a big press release being written and everybody questioning me. It sucks for Kenny that he had to leave the way he did and he didn't have the proper sendoff that all your other ROH stars that have moved on have gotten."
On Kevin Steen's attack on fans:
"The fans have the right to come and boo, cheer, hold their signs up, root for their favorites and boo the guys they don't like. I don't know if the guy spit on Kevin Steen or pushed him or whatever, but that's just taking it a little too far. Us wrestlers are not some ballet guys or anything like that, we're fighters, we're athletes. Kevin Steen probably just went through a heat of battle with Eddie Kingston and his adrenaline was probably flowing and somebody just rubbed him the wrong way after giving all that in that match in the main event. I'm not really sure what the fan did because I didn't see it, but how can you blame the guy? I don't particularly like the guy, but when you have people touching you and crossing that line, you have to stand up for yourself and you've got to show everyone else in attendance and the people watching on iPPV that we're not to be taken lightly and we're serious athletes."
On how a promotion can keep its talent happy:
"If you've got guys at the bottom or at the top or somewhere in the mid-card who are unhappy, it will kind of trickle down through everybody. It's hard to keep everybody happy at the same time because there are different roles to be played in the company. Guys have to understand that for a better business they have to be put in certain roles. If you look back a few years to 2008 or 2009, I was featured very heavily on the under-card of ROH and even before that for years I was featured on the pre-show, but I knew my spot and I was happy to have that spot and I always stayed positive. Guys in other promotions shouldn't be unhappy that they don't have a bigger spot, they should be happy that they do have a spot because out of all the professional wrestlers in the world, they're one of the chosen few to be in one of the chosen few companies."