Bully Ray recently spoke with Busted Open radio about a variety of topics. Check out the highlights:
On the Base Brawl tour coming to Brooklyn on July 5th: "Yeah that's becoming like a big show for TNA every single year going to Coney Island. I've been on every single one of the shows. Some of TNA's biggest crowds show up for that event. And I think the main event that night is me, defending my world heavyweight championship against "The Olympic Gold Medalist" Kurt Angle."
On Sting reforming the Main Event Mafia: "I find it very interesting that nobody wanted to come to Sting's aid at Slammiversary but now everybody wants to be buddy-buddy with him. I'll tell you the reason why. You guys haven't figured it out, have you? It's been a big question mark in the minds of wrestling fans for a couple of weeks now. Let me tell you something about pro wrestlers. They are amongst the most selfish people you're ever gonna meet. Ok? What was the stip of that match? The stip was that if I beat Sting, he could never wrestle for the TNA world heavyweight championship again. Right? So why would any wrestler wanna help Sting win because if Sting would have won, he would have become the world heavyweight champion. Which would keep him in the world heavyweight title picture forever. Thus having to wrestle those guys who didn't come down to save him."
On why Sting would choose someone (Kurt Angle) who was backstage at Slammiversary to be in the Main Event Mafia: "I'm not sure if Kurt was backstage. I don't know who stuck around. But I have no idea why he would choose Kurt Angle. I mean the obvious reason is; I guess because they were in the Main Event Mafia before. I gotta tell ya, I wouldn't trust—if I was Sting, I would've probably disappeared for a little while. Because I don't know how all of the sudden he's gonna put his trust in guys that wouldn't even come out to watch his back."
On Sting referring to the Aces and Eights as a family: "At the end of the day there's one goal. Listen the Aces and Eights may take a couple lumps here and there, win some, lose some. The ultimate goal is at the end of the day I keep the world heavyweight championship and as long as that's done all is good in Hell's Kitchen."
On it being perceived that Kurt Angle took out all of Aces and Eights on his own on Impact: "Well I don't know if it was only Kurt who did it. Maybe Sting has already assembled his Main Event Mafia and he just hasn't revealed everybody yet. We'll definitely gonna get to the bottom of things and I'm sure you haven't heard the last of the Aces and Eights when it comes to dealing with the Main Event Mafia."
On if there is conflict within the Aces and Eights amongst the members: "Listen you're dealing with egos, ok? You got an ego like—Ken Anderson's got an ego. Devon's got an ego. Doc's got an ego. You know they all—everybody's got an agenda and an ego. It's probably—it's up to me to keep those guys together. And I will. Every once in a while you're gonna hit a bump in the road. We've been hitting a couple bumps in the road but I'm still the champion and that's all that matters."
On if Chris Sabin is the future of the wrestling business like Hulk Hogan said at Slammiversary: "Well you know what? Whether I like people or not, I always give guys their due. How they are in the ring, as wrestlers, as athletes, as entertainers. You got to give Sabin credit. He's coming back now from two blown out knees. He was part of a really, really quality tag team in the Motor City Machineguns. And just getting back into the mix here and champion already. If he's the guy that wants to step up, I'm sure me and Chris Sabin will have a phenomenal match. And right now there are a bunch of guys in the X division that if they did step up, I'm sure there would be a real quality match. But at the end of the day, I'm sure I'm gonna find a way to get the job done and beat them."
On Bully not looking like the type of guy who would put other wrestlers over: "Well I'm honest, that's the thing. People think just because I'm a BMF and cause I'm intimidating and cause I'm a bully and all that stuff that I'm not gonna be honest. I'm very honest about guys. You give me—you throw me out a name and I'll give you my honest opinion how I feel about them as a performer or an entertainer. Chris Sabin—you gotta give a guy credit. Yeah, little history question for you. How many people have kicked out of the Dudley Death Drop? One. Sabin has. Name me one other tag team finishing move or single's finishing move for that matter that has only been kicked out of one time. (Silence) There ya go; you gotta give the guy credit. Ok, that move won me and Devon 23 world tag team titles and he's the only guy that ever kicked out of it. What am I gonna do? Tell him he's a piece of crap? Sabin is a phenomenal talent. And every—I truly believe that every division in TNA is superior to any other division in any other company. I really believe it has the best talent roster, pool out there."
His feelings on Matt Morgan: "Well, let me ask you this. You were the guys that put wrestling under the microscope on a weekly basis, ok? You're fans; you're analysts of the industry. Tell me why Matt Morgan after how many years now? Over ten years in the business? Long time in the business, you tell me your opinion why he has not gotten farther. Give me a one word answer. Hey, how many times in sports do we see a quality athlete or a quality team who just can't win the big one? Maybe that's him. Maybe he's really, really good but just can't get to that next level where he could become a world champion. Or become the "It" guy for a company. I mean, yeah, you look at him, seven feet tall, super impressive body. Hell, if I had Matt Morgan's body my entire career; I'd be making 10 million dollars a year right now. I don't know. I'm not in his brain. I don't know what makes Matt... (Continues on next page)