Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Christian was recently interviewed by Talk Sport to promote his new show, “Knight Fight”. Christian discussed his decision to leave WWE in favor of TNA in 2005, and also advice he has for any WWE stars considering a jump to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Here are the highlights:
Leaving WWE for TNA in 2005: “I did go to TNA when I left WWE briefly in 2005 for three years. When I went there, it was solely to prove to myself, even if it was on a smaller platform that I could carry main event matches, programmes and promos and be the face of a show. I needed to do that. I needed to gain that confidence and go back and be able to do it. It happens for different people at different times, you just have to be confident in your ability.
“I always said to myself when I walked into the arena ‘today they’re going to know how good I am’ and that was the attitude I carried with me every single time and just felt like at the end, you can’t hold talent down. If you have it, eventually it’s going to shine through and you just have to keep pushing.”
Advice for WWE stars considering a jump to AEW: “I would say… I would never want to steer anyone in a certain direction. If they asked me for certain advice I would tell them. I would put it on myself. What I needed to do was I needed to take a chance on myself. I needed to bet on myself. And if you’re willing to bet on yourself then sometimes it works out and if you believe in yourself and your abilities that will be the case.”