-- In an interview with Steven Muehlhausen of The Fight Club Chicago, Kazarian said he didn't want to be labeled as just as crusierweight wrestler. Here are highlights:
On his first TNA run compared to his most recent: "That was the early times of TNA were just different times. It was so grassroots and we just starting out. Everything was new and different. You had this thing called the X division, which everyone was talking about. It was awesome. Ultimate X matches, which I was in the first one. It was cool. It was different because it was so kind of unstable. I say unstable and I mean it in a good way because it was just. We were on weekly PPV. We got a TV deal with Fox Sports. It was ever evolving which it is now, but just on a more grand scale now."
On if he has overcome the stigma of being labeled a cruiserweight wrestler: "I think so and I hope so. A lot of has to do when I started out size wise. I seemed like I was small. A few years passed and I was like, "Wow, there's a lot of guys smaller than me. Albeit, they're incredible athletes. But you know, I've always been drawn to the cruiserweight style. I love the action, thought it was cool and I still really like to incorporate that into my wrestling. I never want to be labeled as just a cruiserweight wrestler. I think having matches with guys like Kurt Angle, the AJ Styles' and guys like that. I can definitely have stepped away from that. I think a lot of us have. I think a lot of guys were kind of labeled as that early on at least in the early inception of TNA."
In the interview, he also talks about his WWE run, his thoughts on Impact going live and his match at Slammiversary this Sunday.
-- ORIGINAL: Dixie Carter posted the following on Twitter this morning…
On a plane headed to Dallas for the big PPV this weekend. Very excited @Christian4Peeps is joinin us for the night. He's one of my favorites
TNA is announcing their first Hall of Fame member at the PPV this weekend. When TNA allowed Ric Flair to go to the WWE Hall of Fame this year, rumors were that TNA would get something in return.
Will Christian be TNA's first hall of fame inductee?
UPDATE: Christian is no longer advertised for this weekend's SmackDown house shows on the East Coast. This adds evidence to Dixie Carter's claim that he will appear at the TNA Slammiversary PPV on Sunday in the Dallas area.