The two spoke a lot about the reboot of the TNA franchise and the resurrection of the six-sided ring, which he confirmed wrestlers had no say in. He said he had reservations about working in it at first, but now actually really enjoys it.
Anderson also said that he was ready to enlist full-time in the Army when he first saw Stone Cold Steve Austin on television. That night changed the course of his life.
Here are some other highlights:
Wrestlers having a say on six-sided ring:
“As far as I know (wrestlers) didn’t have any. As far as I know that was strictly an organizational thing. You know, the higher ups in the company going off of the fans vote on it. I believe that was completely out of our hands. I had no say in it as far as I know.”
Whether the Attitude Era is now holding wrestling back:
“I sort of think that if fans are holding on to ECW and that era and things from the past, I sort of think that means we’re not giving them what they want to see… I think the best way to go about that is to keep trying new things until something works. And that’s what we do. That’s what our writers do. They’re continuously coming up with new ideas.”
“No, he didn’t make any mention. This is the nature of our business. The wrestling business… people come and people go. It’s sort of been that way forever.”
Here’s everything else we touched on:
* The future of TNA * How Stone Cold Steve Austin made him change his mind enlisting full-time in the Army and becoming a wrestler * Whether it’s time to move on from the Monday Night Wars and Attitude Era * What makes New York the best place to reboot TNA Wrestling * Why wrestlers gravitate to politics * Mr. Anderson’s new podcast
Pro wrestling journalist Chuck Carroll is on Twitter @TheChuckCarroll