Bully Ray recently spoke about the TNA World Title, Brooke Hogan, his singles run in TNA and more. Here are the highlights…
On His Relationship With Brooke Hogan: "The crazy part of the whole situation started three months ago when Hogan and I were at each other's throats, Hogan would not trust me when I would come down to help with the Aces and Eights thing. I stood by Sting's side at Bound For Glory, he really treated me like an ass! He just kept turning his nose up to me."
On Fighting For The TNA World Title: " I was so damn close last year. I thought I had the best shot. That is still my goal. I got sidetracked with Aces & Eights. I kind of have my personal happiness on my mind right now, as opposed to my professional happiness. Definitely the goal is to become the TNA World Champion. That would be the cherry on top. When I got into wrestling, all I wanted to be a part of was the most successful tag team that ever lived. People ask me like ‘Really? You wanted to be in a tag team?'. Absolutely, because as far back as I can remember I always enjoyed tag team wrestling more than I enjoy singles wrestling. So I did that, 23 World tag team titles, blah blah. So now to come back, reinvent myself, and become the TNA World Champion would be pretty f'n cool."
On His Singles Run in TNA: " When Devon and I went our separate ways a little over two years ago, I knew I needed to reinvent myself overnight. Nobody comes out of the most successful tag teams of all time, and just becomes an established singles star unless they do something to catch the world's eye. The great thing about ‘ Bully Ray' is, it's really not a character. I love when people say ‘Oh your character', I always tell them it's not a character. It's me. You're not watching a character on TV, you are watching me. As far as my body is concerned, I knew I wanted to get into the best shape of my life. I knew how hard it would be. At 38 years old, I started to really diligently hitting the weights. I had always done cardio, to make sure I was in ring shape. Dropped about a hundred pounds, reformed my body and still I am trying to get there. It's very hard to lose body fat and build quality muscle at the same time. There are lifestyle changes as far as eating is concerned, drinking a gallon of water a day, keeping up with my supplements, and just busting my ass I always need new thing to motivate me in Professional wrestling. Devon and I's run, those two or three years, I could have done with my eyes closed. We were lucky enough in TNA to have such great tag teams to work with, such as Beer Money and the Motor City Machine Guns. So once I decided to go my separate way, I knew it was time for reinvention."