Is there anybody in the company now though that you look at and say “he’s our next guy” or “that’s our guy NOW” going forward?
It’d be easy to say Austin Aries because he’s had such a phenomenal year and a half since he returned to the company. I don’t think anybody has skyrocketed as fast as he has and I think he’s been very successful as the World Champion. And I think that no matter what happens at ‘Bound For Glory,’ whether he retains or loses the title, they’ll never be able to take the fact that he is a World Champion now in two different companies. He’s one of those guys that I think definitely has arrived and from this day forward he can build on his legacy how he sees fit. As far as other guys coming up, I feel like Kenny King is someone that, once he gets into our mix full time, I think he’s going to turn some heads. He’s someone that I’ve known from my days in Ring of Honor, where I was very impressed with him there. I think that once he gets the opportunity to show the type of athlete, the type of character that he is, that he’s going to connect with the audience very quickly and I think it’s just a matter of time before he shows everyone what he’s all about.
Let’s talk about ‘Bound For Glory’. You’re in a triple-threat tag team match with the titles on the line against the team of A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle as well as Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. What can we expect from TNA’s biggest show of the year?
Everybody in our locker room expects ‘Bound For Glory’ to be the culmination. We gear up for this for months. We know what’s coming; we know that ‘Bound For Glory’ is the biggest deal of our year. And for myself and Frankie as the ‘World Tag Team Champions of the World,’ we know that the target is on us, and IMPACT Wrestling put us in a situation where there’s not one but two teams for us to defend against, they’ve really stacked the deck against us. We don’t even have to be in the ring to lose our own championships, and we fully understand that. But we are the best tag team, not just in TNA right now, but in all of wrestling today and I firmly believe that and so does Frankie and so do a lot of the fans. They feel like we are one of the best tag teams in the business and I agree. We’re in a situation where we can show the world how good we are by defeating not just what could be the best mix of Latino strength and Mexican savvy in terms of Chavo and Hernandez, but also what has been referred to as a ‘dream team’ by Mike Tenay, by many wrestling pundits in Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles; former World Champions, future Hall of Famers. They’re both outstanding wrestlers. But if we beat both of those teams at ‘Bound For Glory’, on the biggest stage of our year, we’re going to come out of this show looking like the tag team we told everyone we are, the best tag team in the business.
Aside from your own match of course, what other match at ‘Bound For Glory’ are your most looking forward to?
I’m personally looking forward to watching Samoa Joe defend the TV Title against Magnus. I think that Joe has had a fire lit under him in the past couple of months. He had such a great showing in the Bound For Glory Series, and for him to finally lose at the end to the man who eventually won it in Jeff Hardy, I think that he showed a lot of determination in making it as far as he did. And to come around not three weeks later and win the TV Title when you’re given the opportunity, I feel like he’s firing on all cylinders. Now if there is anyone in the TNA locker room that knows Joe well enough to be a real threat, it's Magnus. These guys were former World Tag Team Champions, they were partners for a long time and they succeeded when no one else in the business thought they would. They were thrown together as a result of a mixed tag tournament sort of thing and they ended up becoming a great team and great friends. Now they find each other at odds and I think it’s going to be a great match. I think Magnus has come a long way since his debut in TNA and I think he is a definite threat to Joe and his title.
So how can people get in touch with Christopher Daniels? Twitter? Facebook?
Christopher Daniels does not do Facebook. I have a Facebook page but I very rarely use it, because I don’t go on the computer a lot at home. I’ve got two kids and they monopolize my computer time. I do have a smart phone so I’m on Twitter all the time @facdaniels. Fans can follow my schedule and buy my T-Shirts and the things they love about Christopher Daniels at www.fallenangelchristopherdaniels.com, probably the longest URL in internet history, but I’m proud of it. But that’s pretty much it. Follow me on twitter, 140 characters of genius every time I tweet.
TNA’s ‘Bound For Glory’ is this Sunday, October 14th, we look forward to you tearing the house down.
Thank you very much; Thanks to the fans for following along. Those of us in TNA, especially Frankie and myself , we understand that we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the support of the real fans and we’re going to reward them with one hell of a show at ‘Bound For Glory.’
With special thanks to Jimi Kee
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