Kevin Nash was recently interviewed by CL Atlanta in the run-up to WrestleMania. Kevin was asked several questions amongst them he was asked if it was a tough decision leaving TNA and returning to the WWE. Kevin had the following to say, “I was with TNA for the better part of four or five years. I’d walk through the airport and people’d come up and ask for my autograph and ask if I was ever going to wrestle again. I’d be like, “I have been for the past five years.” There’s that much drop-off between WWE and TNA. Then coming back at the Rumble and running out in front of 20,000 people — well, walking out in my case — it was special. The reaction was nice and it’s nice to be back. To me, it was the right move. Everything goes full circle and I became a money player with WWE, and I’d like to finish my career with them.”
I suppose instead of one asking if he would every wrestle again they could ask him if he would ever learn to wrestle, but I digress.
I mentioned this in a previous comment about Kevin Nash bashing TNA Wrestling, but doesn’t this guy feel he should take any ownership of the promotion’s lack of progress while he was there?
I mean, say I was one of the most well-known widget makers on the planet. Then I opted to leave the big widget company to go to a young upstart company. If, after 4 or 5 years at the small widget company, people in the business, consumers, or the media asked me where I’ve been – well, then haven’t I failed in properly promoting the small widget company? Don’t I bear some responsibility for people not knowing where I am?
I like Nash – always have – but his recent comments seem very borderline to me. Might be time for him to sit down and talk with someone in a white jacket…
William B. West says
I basically feel the same about Nash. I find him entertaining and fun to watch. But honestly he has never drawn on his own. He was not a draw as Oz, he was I believe the lowest drawing WWF Champion ever. He was great as part of the nWo and his contributions should not be minimized, but he alone did not draw.
Nash if anything is a great politics player in the business. My guess is his TNA swipes are calculated in hopes of gaining favor with the WWE higher ups.
His statement is really contradictory when you think about it. WWE get’s nearly 4 times the ratings as TNA, but fewer people have seen him wrestle for WWE in the past year than have in TNA. When he was in TNA he was seen by around a million viewers a week. You can bet his one off WWE PPV appearance was seen by less than half that.
a smark is a oxy moron says
Nash is smart to the business and your right he has not drawn all that much money but any and all of TNA’s problems and they are many are Dixie Carter’s fault she is in charge. Every decision can be lead back to Dixie or someone she hired it is her company she is reponsible for what goes on during the show. If you have ever managed people you need to know your staff and know how long of a leash you can give them. If you let Kevin Nash monoplize tv time and you dont drug test and let Jeff Hardy run around the show and set high as shit should you really blame the talent. Dixie Carter can blame them but i cant i never purchased a Kevin Nash PPV i bought a TNA PPV if they hire people who refuse to work hard for the product and just simply dont give a shit about the product then you need to be mad at the people presenting the product not the talent. If the talent sucks it’s TNA’s obligation to it’s fans to fire the individual.
William B. West says
Thanks for the feedback. I think if you are going to blame Dixie for the mistakes you must give her credit for the success.
As fans we tend to look at WWE and TNA as if they were created equally since they both have weekly 2 hour prime time programs.
TNA was started from scratch less than a decade ago. Under Dixie’s leadership they have gone from a weekly PPV that was barely watched to almost 2 million viewers a week in the US and the number one watched wrestling program in many countries.
They have a ever growing touring schedule and project licensing deals that are only second to the WWE in pro wrestling(granted WWE isn’t pro wrestling Vince).
I cannot fathom how the wrestling press can portray this as anything but successful. While the TNA has a committee of part time bookers WWE has a massive full time writing staff. While TNA has 3 or 4 match producers WWE has an army.
These are not excuses for TNA being #2, but it helps to put in perspective why she should be credited for the success rather than blamed for anything.
“His statement is really contradictory when you think about it. WWE get’s nearly 4 times the ratings as TNA, but fewer people have seen him wrestle for WWE in the past year than have in TNA. When he was in TNA he was seen by around a million viewers a week. You can bet his one off WWE PPV appearance was seen by less than half that.”
Never thought of it that way before – excellent point.