Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Abyss Talks His Character, Loyalty to TNA and More

Abyss spoke with Ring Rust Radio about a variety of topics. Below are the highlights.

On TNA's move to Destination America:
"The locker room was excited. We hadn't seen each other in a little while because we had a bit of time off, so everybody was super excited to get back to work and perform in the ring. It was fun to see the enthusiasm and the excitement as we embark on this new venture with Destination America. It’s not really that much of a difference as far as the atmosphere. It’s a different network and there are different expectations and different things that we want to accomplish, and I’m sure Destination America wants to accomplish, so we’re feeling each other out and understanding each other’s goals. From that standpoint it’s a little different, but other than that, it’s very much business as usual."

On the evolution of the Abyss character:
"I’m so proud of the evolution of the Abyss character throughout the years. Longevity in this business is not something that a lot of talents get the privilege to experience, and I’ve been able to do that. To see the character evolve like it has from its roots with Jim Mitchell to the different phases of the character: the insane asylum character to working with Hulk, and then you throw in some of the Joseph Park stuff, I’ve had a lot of support along the way. My relationship with Dixie goes all the way back to early 2003 and everything she has provided, the tools for me to be able to showcase myself on that platform. David Lagana and Matt Conway, the writing team, have been fantastic in coming up with new angles and new ways to present the character. It’s been a great team effort. I’m more proud of the fact that I’ve been with TNA since 2003 than any belt I’ve ever won or any accomplishment I’ve been able to do in the ring. Being a part of the Impact team for well over a decade is something that I’m extremely proud of."

On his portrayal of the Joseph Park character:
"It was a challenge. I come from a football background, so you’re presented with coaching, learning, doing different things and adapting to the circumstances. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid to death when I first started the Joseph Park character. It was a brand new adventure... you talk about a 360 degree turn from "The Monster" Abyss and that’s exactly what it was. It was such a fun part of my career just to be able to be something that I wasn’t for the last 12 years, to be a different character and the challenge that it presented. To me, it was an incredible challenge to act like you didn’t know what you were doing, being green and not knowing how to wrestle, the different tone of voice, and the different way that I walked. I have to give a lot of credit to David Lagana and Matt Conway; the situations they put the character in really helped it to succeed and it was a ton of fun."

On the success of the Revolution:
"Manik and Sanada are young, but gosh they’re really good. They’re both very intelligent and very smart in and out of the ring. Storm, he’s in the same boat as I am and he’s been around since the beginning of this company and has a ton of history. I just love the fact that we’re together now. I’ve known him since 1997 when we broke in together, and obviously we didn’t have a whole lot of interaction over the last 12 years, so to bring us together as a team and the Revolution as a group is a great mix. Sanada has a great knowledge of Japanese style and American style, Manik is such a high flyer, Storm is a beer drinking badass, and I’m the monster. I really think the group is gelling and I’m excited about it. The Revolution, I think, is going to do a lot of big things in 2015."

On his loyalty to TNA:
"Being a part of TNA since the beginning is something that I’m extremely proud of. Not to say that other places aren’t good places to work – I’m sure they are – but for me, the decision to stay was due to the fact that I love TNA. I’m TNA through and through; I always will be and I’m proud of that. I did have opportunities to go to other places and I’m proud that I was afforded those opportunities, but the reason that I stayed was for loyalty. The company has treated me fantastic over the last decade-plus years that I’ve been there, from Dixie to everybody there. I’m happy there. I wanted to stay and be a part of something that I started with from the ground up. There’s no other place in the world I could have gone and said that, so that was the reason that I stayed and I have zero regrets. If I had to do it over again 100 times, I would do it 100 times."