Maverick informs that he was also trained by Al Snow and Rip Rogers after moving to the United States. He learned a lot of great things from those guys, and even to this day he thinks that love and hate is where the money is in the wrestling business. When he hears fans chant “This is Awesome” it concerns him to a degree because fans should hate one performer and cheer for the other.
He points out that his time in TNA came to an end when the company approached him and said they’d need to restructure his deal if they were going to continue to work together because they couldn’t afford his previous deal. He worked very hard to reach the income level he was at and he truly believed he was worth that much to the company, so he decided to just let his contract expire and he moved on.
He adds that leaving TNA at that time was the scariest thing he ever did. He didn’t want to leave the company because he loved the schedule and the money, but he also didn’t want to take the pay cut so he stuck to his guns.
A part of him feels guilty when people praise his work on 205 Live. He points out that the show should be about the performers in the ring, who are working very hard each week to build something new. He points out that NXT didn’t really take off until a few years in, so people shouldn’t be so quick to count out 205 Live.
That sums up this week’s episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!