this kid has brought all these pieces together that he's had for all these years, and he shook off that last little bit of apprehension, and he's become a star. I think we're blessed to have him and I see huge things coming from Crowbar down the road.
On whether we've seen the last of Shane Douglas in the ring: After the match with Matt Hardy in Pittsburgh, when I got back in the dressing room, there was a thought that popped through my head as I was getting my boots off in the back: "This wasn't fun tonight." It wasn't fun for me because when you're booking and promoting a show and trying to run a dressing room, it's just too many hats to wear. I take main event matches and main event status very seriously. It wasn't just "hey, I'm in the main event because I'm Shane Douglas, and I can be okay, I can take it easy tonight." I've always believed as the main event, you don't earn it then walk away from the responsibility. Once you earn it, you have to keep proving that you belong there. And so with that in mind, along with booking and promoting, by the end of the night I was so mentally exhausted, it just wasn't fun to me. My criteria when I first came back into the business in 2007, 2008, was as long as I'm having fun at it, I'll keep doing it. I'll tell you honestly. I get all the stimulation and challenge I need, and more, out of booking the company, writing the storylines and dealing with the talent, but then also trying to grow the company. I learned a long time ago never say never... But when it comes to Extreme Rising, and trying to move this company forward, I don't honestly believe we need Shane Douglas in the ring to sell that point. The reason I was in the ring in Pittsburgh was because it was an homage to the '97 November to Remember pay-per-view, me and Bam Bam... I don't think that with the talent roster we have, not that's there not a place for a Shane Douglas, but you certainly don't need Shane Douglas in the ring to sell Extreme Rising.
On BLKOUT's mystery opponents: I'd love to let the cat out of the bag... if we're gonna replace the match the level of the Gangstas vs BLKOUT... this couldn't just be any Tom, Dick, and Harry and whatever two guys, whether names or not, thrown in there. I think the fans will be very shocked and pleased with who we replaced them with in that match. They will not be wearing black and gold in the ring that night, I can tell you that.