Source: Alternative Wrestling Magazine
Recently, Jason from the Alternative Wrestling Magazine had a chance to sit down with one-half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels. Highlights of that interview are included below. In addition, you can read the entire interview (and the entire magazine) by downloading a PDF copy here (note – this link takes you to a PDF file).
On His Experience Working for WWE in the 1990s
Truth of the matter was I never had a deal with them. I wrestled for them, had dark matches, and tryout matches. Even though nobody ever came over to say this is your try out match. They knew I was a good match whenever they put me in with one of their guys. You know, it was never a situation where they would say okay if you do well in this match then we will hire you or that match did not go well so we are not going to hire you. You know, it was fun, it was a learning experience, and I got to wrestle some good guys. It was never one of them things when I thought it would be a long term or ever did it turn into long term. It was just a period of time when I got to perform in front of a lot of different people, and in front of some knowledgeable people but just nothing ever came from it.
On His Brief History Working for WCW
I had two stints in WCW. I signed in the beginning of 2000, I was there for 8 months but I never made television. What happened was I was hired by Kevin Sullivan, just as I was finishing my last tour of Japan. He [Kevin Sullivan] was fired then Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff both came into power. Neither one really knew who I was at that point. So when I got to WCW to meet everyone I was not anyone’s project, I just happened to be a guy, and so there was a lot of other guys who were coming up through the Power Plant, (WCW Development System) who had been spotted by Eric or Vince, so they put some ideas together for those guys. I never really had any ideas come up for me, given to me. So, I traveled with them for about six months until they realized they did not have anything for me so then they let me go. Then in 2001, I had the match with Modest on WCW Monday Nitro. Then they offered me a developmental contract after that, then it was not too long after that they were sold, and bought out by WWF(WWE).
On Ring of Honor’s Approach to Wrestling and Changes with Sinclair
I feel that this has to do with how Ring of Honor’s main platform of getting shows out was for so long. Their main outlet for the fans to be seen was through their DVDs. They did not have a weekly television show, so there is no need for them to run television style angles, and so when your main outlet is the live events format then you have to cater to that format. That format is obviously more matches, less in-ring, microphone work, interviews, and angles so to speak. You have to go from bell to bell action. Since they have got their television show, I feel that Ring of Honor have slowly but surely started to have more of a television style of feel to it. They are managing to still have good in-ring action at that high quality level. I do not get a chance where I live in North Carolina, I do not get a chance to watch the show, but I happen to know that they are trying to bring out characters who are already incredible wrestlers.
We encourage you to read the entire interview at the Alternative Wrestling Magazine. Enjoy!