wrestler ever in the history of our sport. I mean the list goes on and on. You know mainstream people should want to talk to these people. I don't know why that's not. You guys know. You guys can sit here and talk to all those people I just mentioned for hours. Us three could just sit here and talk for hours and hours and hours. We're interesting people. We come from an interesting world. We just gotta change the conception of mainstream media. And having television—having someone like The Rock is a massive success. Austin's massive success in the real world of real media is good for everybody."
On if Sting and Hulk Hogan ruin opportunities for the younger stars: "To me, there is no way Sting and Hulk Hogan hurt your product. Everyone knows who Hulk Hogan is. We could walk down this hall and say ‘Hey do you know who Hulk Hogan is?' and they're gonna say yes. And if they don't then, chances are they probably don't live in North America. He's an icon. I had a Hulk Hogan lunch pail. He's been in movies, he's been on television shows. He's—the image of Hulk Hogan is known by everyone. So having someone like that on your show, no way in any way, shape or form, in my opinion, can hurt it. You have to have a starting point. Because the route is, is The Today Show doesn't want to talk to Austin Aries. You ask me, should they? Absolutely. Cause he is an interesting guy. And he's got a lot to say. Jeff Hardy is an artist and a musician and a guy who jumps off stuff. And is crazy and now has a beautiful little girl, and turned his life around. This is an interesting person. An interesting person that everyone should know. And for whatever reason, mainstream media they don't take it serious. And I think that conception will change."
On jumping off the cage at Lockdown: "No, that's child's play. That was actually, that's a huge moment for me in my wrestling career. I saw Jimmy Snuka do it when I was a kid, I saw Mick Foley do it when I was an adolescent, teenager. And then I did it. And I mean lots of people have done it in between now and then but it was a dream come true. And that's weird to say out loud. Jumping off the top of a cage and landing on another human being is a dream come true. It's a real dream."
On why he has been gone from Impact: "My two schedules were pretty conflicting. TNA's been great about me going off and filming the show (Off the Hook: Extreme Catches). It's twice as much work as I thought it was gonna be. It's worth it. It's an amazing experience. It's a great show, something I'm super proud of. But it's really time consuming. So it doesn't allow me to be there (Impact). Most of the time I was gone, or not even in the country, or in the same state. So I took a small hiatus from wrestling, and I'm back now."
On Dixie Carter being flexible with wrestlers having careers outside of the ring: "For me, Dixie, first and foremost, is a smart business woman. She's a nice lady. We've always got along great. And like you said, she allows us to do this stuff. I mean, it is a good thing. You can't name another active pro wrestler that's got his own television show. You're looking at the one and only. It's a good thing for both TNA, Spike TV, Animal Planet. It's a good marriage. I believe it's the same audience watching both products. You just said Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan and Eric Young. We're in a group together. Think about how crazy that is?"
On ODB being his TV wife: "Easily the most interesting piece of the puzzle. Yeah, that's for sure. No, I mean she's awesome, man. An absolute pro. The most popular woman wrestler, I've ever seen. Everywhere we go, I can't wrestle without them(fans) chanting her name. And she's not even there. She's not even wrestling. So she's one of my really good friends in the business. Awesome to work with. And an absolute pro. She is the greatest."