...Flair. He hated Ric Flair for so long because Ric Flair was in a position of power, and that’s my guess because I wasn’t there so I don’t know. I just heard from people who worked there; that Ric Flair was in a position of power and put himself on top. You know, Dusty Rhodes used to do that; other people used to do that. But, Shane hated the fact that Ric Flair did that. But now, this Saturday, Shane has the opportunity, in my estimation, to be the leader and through his promoting because he made this mistake on the first show; of promoting and doing that main event match against Scorpio. And now, he’s repeating his own mistake from that time. And the fact he put himself on top in his hometown; he can say whatever he wants, but perception is reality; it looks really, really suspicious. And Luke Hawx, who, like I said, I have a personal issue with him… He’s right, he’s absolutely right. Shane is just feeding his ego, Shane is just putting himself on top, thinking that he’s going to draw this crowd and god I hope he does, cause we’d all make more money if he does. And it’s the age old problem that he bitched about for so many years of keeping the young guys down, of not giving opportunities, of the old guys not wanting to let go of their spots. I mean, what does it look like to you guys? I’m friends with Shane too, but this is a business. There’s no time for stroking egos and that’s the problem with the business. Stroking egos, not wanting to hurt feelings; we’re all big boys, we’re all adults. Hurt our freakin’ feelings and tell us the truth. I can handle criticism, I can improve from that, but it seems like my biggest fear about this is all these mistakes are going to repeat themselves and all I can do is control the part of the show that I’m going to perform on. I can’t do anything more than that.”

His thoughts on Raven being a part of the show: “Raven’s the other part; why would Shane book Raven again? Yeah, and Raven, to a degree I think it’s real, laughs at the fans, he works them and thinks he’s some sort of wrestling god; that everybody should bow to him. I’ve been around the guy for so many years, so I know him. He has a huge ego and he thinks that he’s just the king of everything. So, what does he do? Any five year old child will know, ‘Hey, if I touch the stove and no one corrects me, I can touch the stove as much as I want; no matter how much it burns me and the people around me gets upset and has to take me to the hospital, I can do whatever I want.’ Raven can go sit in the corner and watch a bunch of indy guys bump for Gary Wolf, and bring a guy in the ring called ‘Cripple H’ and have the Sandman cane him just for his own entertainment; and then guess what? I’m still booked. Isn’t that great? I didn’t do a damn bit of work and guess what I’m going to do a second time? Not a damn bit of work is my guess. And I’m friends with Raven too, this is the thin; I’m friends with both these guys but until someone speaks honestly, like a Luke Hawx or finally me, this is never going to change.”

Are things like Extreme Rising, Crossfire and ROH offering the ‘revolution’ to the WWE and offering a difference to the monopoly of the WWE: “No, absolutely not; not even close. WWE still monopolizes and dominates; TNA is the most distant second you can ever imagine (and then some), and what these are are just independents. You know, to a degree, TNA is just an Indy with TV; that’s all they really are. They pay their wrestlers like that; they take care of their wrestlers like that; most of them, most of them, not their top guys. And, I can speak from experience; so if anyone doubts me, I can show you my paychecks. That’s it, it’s WWE or nothing. There’s still kids watching TV; no kid there is watching TV and saying ‘Man, I want to go to TNA’. No, they might say, ‘Hey, I want to go to a place like ECW’ or what they all say is what we said, ‘I want to go to WWF, WWE one day. I wanna wrestle Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior, Triple H.’ All the guys on top; they don’t say anything else.”

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