things that can be done with everyone, and that has been the major change.
On the independent scene, 10-years ago there was an explosion of great talent like himself, Aries, Low Ki, Daniels, and so on. But today it doesn't seem to be the case. Does Joe worry about the current independent scene and replenishing the major company rosters? Joe says that the big thing is that when the guys he was with came up, they were focused on a style that was their own, a mixture of things they enjoyed, and they made it work. They studied, and were students of the game. They all wanted to be THE GUY, not an opening guy or a mid-card guy. When he goes to shows today, he doesn't see that.
When asked about his connection with the fans and the guys he worked with, Joe says that his relationship with the fans is honest. They know what he is about, he doesn't change that and they seem to relate.
On the BFG Series, Joe says he would love to see more fan involvement in it, but loves the format. Maybe the fans vote on the participants, more multi-matches or other tournament features. Overall he digs things, but the battle royals can go.
If he does win, how would he rate that as an achievement? He says highly, because it would be the lead in to his next title win.
When asked about the three-way match at Unbreakable with AJ and Daniels, Joe says it was as close to a perfect moment as you can get. It is a calling card to outline the new generation of wrestling. It was the X-Division of that time, and he is proud of that match.
Joe is asked about Punk mentioning he wanted to wrestle him again and the series of matches they had. Joe is proud of Punk, but not surprised at his success. If Punk wants to come to Orlando and scrap, they can do it.
He is asked about possible dream matches, and Joe says that Jun Akiyama is a guy he wants to work.
When asked about Samoans in wrestling and his children getting into the business, he says he has talked about it, but adds that they can do what they want if they are honest about it and make money at it.
The call ended at 2:49PM ET.