This year’s Impact Wrestling Hall Of Fame inductee Abyss was a guest on Busted Open Radio; you can read a few transcribed highlights and listen to the full show here.
I know Tommy [Dreamer] can relate with the ECW thing; Impact to me is and was ‘home.’ It’s where I started, it’s where I practically spent my entire adult life there. This coming year, almost half my life, 50 per cent of my life I’ll be in the wrestling business. Impact took a gamble on me when I was a nobody and I was coming out of Puerto Rico with a decent name, but nothing to where—nobody really knew who I was stateside. TNA gave me that chance when nobody else was biting at the time.
To see the growth and be a part of it, I always tell people that meant the most, that’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to leave because I was there since the beginning, man. I was part of the original ‘ground floor’ of that company. On those Wednesday night pay-per-views in ’02-03, we didn’t know if there was going to be next Wednesday or not. We came every week not knowing what was going to be the future of the company in 2003, and a lot of people said we were going to close up the doors in six months. They said that for about twelve years. To me, I’m so proud of what the company has done—there’s been a lot of ups and downs, no doubt, it’s been well documented—it’s a great company. We’ve struggled and plowed through some obstacles along the way, but it’s been home. It’s something that I can never see myself leaving. I’m very, very proud of it.
(Transcription credit to Bill Pritchard for Wrestlezone.com)
"They took a gamble on me when I was a nobody. It was and it is my home."@IMPACTWRESTLING Hall of Fame inductee @TherealAbyss on spending most of his adult life with the same company.@davidlagreca1 @THETOMMYDREAMER #IMPACTonPop pic.twitter.com/lyiUmJdm3j
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