TJP was recently a guest on WINCLY. During the interview, he gave his thoughts on the differences between wrestling for IMPACT and being part of the WWE 205Live division. Here are the highlights:
On The Differences Between The Two Promotions:
I always thought that the X-Division affected the social culture of wrestling in the 2000s the same way the WCW Cruiserweight Division did when it was first starting. I meet young fans who grew up on the X-Division and during that time TNA was the hot, trendy thing. The generation is so far removed from it now that people forget that the type of trendiness AEW has now TNA once had.
On The Best Part Of Working For The WWE:
It opened the doors for a generation of guys who didn’t have a certain stature and didn’t have an opportunity for maybe 10 years. There was a time I was homeless and went down to FCW in 2008 and 2009 and it was unheard of someone of my size trying to get in.
What will go down as why this was important, mostly from the CWC, it now opened the doors for guys like Cedric [Alexander] and Lucha House Party to be doing what they’re doing. Now it’s not even about cruiserweight wrestling, it’s about allowing guys of a certain stature to have real opportunities and it started out by just being a part of a division.
On Which Of The Other CWC Wrestlers He’d Like To See Succeed:
It doesn’t surprise me for any of the guys. That’s kinda why I made it a point to mention the night of the [CWC] Finals when they asked me to speak. They didn’t give me a script and let me talk about whatever. I thought about talking about my family or career, but it was important for me to address that all 30 guys could have been in that position.
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