Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Kenny King Talks X Division, TNA vs. ROH and More

Kenny King spoke with several media outlets ahead of Destination X. Below are the highlights.

1) You've been one of the most consistent and entertaining wrestlers for the past couple of years. Is there anything in particular you think is holding you back from breaking through the glass ceiling?

"I think it comes down to timing and everything has to be right. I am my number one fan and I would have told you that I’m ready for a world title shot that day, but it might not have been the right timing. Whenever it is my time I grab it and I run with it. The thing you can say about TNA is it’s not the old guard anymore. The push to the top is there for guys who are ready and able to do it versus just name recognition."


2) Last year, you took your character into a new direction with the King of the Night moniker. What goes into the decision to change your character?

"Funny thing is I wanted to come into Impact Wrestling with that King of the Night gimmick. They didn’t think it was right at that time and said I could pull it out later. Hopefully King of the Night is a way to reintroduce me back to the fans. The direction that it took organically with Bobby Lashley, MVP and myself showed why the gimmick worked."


3) How would you describe the current state of the X Division, and what do you think can or should be done to improve it?

"Well, there’s times when the division takes the forefront and then there’s times when the guys stories can go slow. It’s kinda of one of those things where you look at the original logo for TNA is built on the X Division. It’s one of the reasons TNA’s identity is tied with the X Division. The fact that any given day you can put X Division guys, any two of us, and give us 15-20 minutes you will get a main event quality match. That’s a testament to how strong it is and that it will always be there. Destination X is always a good time of year because it reminds everyone that we are amongst the best in the world in that style."


4) As an X Division wrestler, what do you feel is the key to making the X Division Championship as prominent as it once was?

"It has to be featured. Back in the days of AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe, it was a major part of the show. They didn't want to attain the X Division Championship so they could go on and do bigger and better things. The X Division Championship was the biggest and best thing in the minds of a lot of the roster at that point. It has to become prominent, that's the key. Back in those days the X Division Championship was every bit as important as the Heavyweight Championship. If you look at the division, there's as much talent in TNA that can go now as there was back in 2004, 2005. I think there's a realization of that and I think you'll start seeing some real marquee matches. Can you imagine Kenny King versus Davey Richards or Kenny King versus Eddie Edwards for the X Division Title? That's a match that people would want to see."


5) What was your reaction when the ROH deal with Destination America was announced? How surprised were you? Do you view it as a positive or negative situation from TNA’s perspective?

"I’m a pro-wrestler and that’s how I make my money and I am also a fan of the wrestling business. Ring of Honor being viewed as being good enough to share the national spotlight with another company, that’s really good for wrestling. It’s not a product that I’m unfamiliar with and the quality is unquestionable – it’s Ring of Honor. It’s hard to see it as a negative when it means there’s more places for guys to work and get exposure for guys that are really good."


6) There was some controversy surrounding your move from Ring of Honor to TNA. Looking back now, you made the right decision jumping to Impact Wrestling. What was your thought process making the transition and are there any hard feelings left between you and Ring of Honor?

"The reason it got blown out of proportion was because of one person who took it personally. I never, ever treated Ring of Honor any negative way. It was a business decision. I can't stress enough how there was never any handshake deal or any I'm not gonna do this or I'm not gonna do that. I have the utmost respect for Cary Silkin and the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles and anybody who has ever worn them before me. The people that matter then and do matter now in Ring of Honor I have nothing but love for ‘em. I still love that company and have nothing against Ring of Honor at all."


7) Now that Ring of Honor is the lead-in for Impact Wrestling and if there is any type of crossover with wrestlers from TNA appearing on Ring of Honor or vice versa, would you have interest in being the guy that pops up on your old television show?

"Doesn't it make sense? There's quite a few guys that if there was ever an invasion angle, people would line up to see that. Wouldn't people pay to see Rhett Titus get revenge on Kenny King? So of course I would be interested in doing that because it would make for great wrestling, entertaining programming and it would be something that isn't done anymore. It's something that fans on one side of the fence would say to the other: I'm TNA, no I'm ROH. That brings everybody together because we would get to see one hell of a show that people thought they would never get to see, but again we're getting way ahead of ourselves."


8) Billy Corgan said that he wanted to focus on the broader issues outside of professional wrestling, and one of the segments involved you and MVP and that infamous thug promo. What did you think about that and integrating some of these real world issues into the world of pro wrestling?

"Funny thing is it’s not something that came up with Billy Corgan. It’s something that we talked about for quite some time as far as creative collaborative efforts and being able to make it as real as we possibly can. So bringing Billy in, that’s just one more soldier that’s on board. Regarding that promo, that’s one of the benefits of working where we were because in that instance it was better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Professional wrestling is more like life now than it's ever been. A lot of times good and bad is only a matter of perspective. Shades of gray run in real life; that’s just a matter of I don’t have to like you to respect you or admit when you’re telling the truth."


9) You were one of the finalists on the second season of WWE’s Tough Enough. With the return of that program, what did that experience teach you and would you like to see TNA do something along those lines, possibly an American version of British Boot Camp?

"I was just gonna say don’t sleep on British Boot Camp now. Tough Enough was my entrance into professional wrestling and it’s really what made me love it and want to stay. I think it’s a great opportunity for wrestlers and to help get eyes looking at you. It gives you the opportunity to start in the middle versus to where guys start at the very end. I would love to see a Boot Camp version of that and get some trainers on there with some experience."


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