Elijah Burke Comments On Dixie Carter Getting A Bad Rap, & More

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During a recent interview with “Wrestling Epicenter”, Elijah Burke commented on his UWN Primetime Live debut, Dixie Carter getting a bad rap, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On his official ring name: “It is Da Pope but it is actually not D’Angelo Dinero, it is Elijah Burke. D’Angelo Dinero is a thing of the past. So, it is the former is the current. I am Elijah Burke. It is my birth right. So, you can choose either. But, nevertheless, Da Pope takes top billing.”

On his appearance for tonight’s United Wrestling Network Primetime Live on PPV: “We’re talking Primetime Live in association with Championship Wrestling’s Dave Marquez as well as the President of the National Wrestling Alliance, Billy Corgan. And, obviously, a continuation of what we have already been doing with NWA Powerrr. So, Pope is looking forward to coming. They wanted the Pope of old. They want Pope to dawn the tights and do what Pope has already been doing, getting in the ring with some talent and making everything a little more Popetacular, if you will.”

On if there are any nerves to step back into the ring on a national stage for the first time in years: “Absolutely not. While Pope has not been doing it nationally, Pope has been getting in the ring on the independent circuit, just not on the national scene. No nerves, really. It is what it is. It is like riding a bicycle. Looking forward to it.”


On his match at the PPV: “Familiar with Watts to a certain extent. I know he’s been reeking a little havoc out there, to a certain extent, in California and on Prime Time Live and Championship Wrestling as well. And, as it comes to Zicky Dice, I’ve had my run ins with Zicky that date all the way back to my debut on NWA Powerrr. I know with Zicky, things aren’t always what they seem to be. He feels Pope shafted him a little bit and overlooked him. So if Zicky wants to get Zicky, if you will, Pope is more than capable of putting him in his place. As far as his tag team partner goes, that is a mystery. That does throw a monkey wrench into how Pope can prepare. But, I’m prepared and I’m sure Watts is ready as well.”


On his time with NWA Powerrr: “Yo know, if someone would have told me that studio wrestling was going to return and be done to the extent that NWA Powerrr was done, I would have said that was BS, they were crazy, I would have said there was no way. But, the way that team, with Billy Corgan the President of the National Wrestling Alliance, the way that show came together, it became Pope’s favorite weekly wrestling show period. Not only was it a throwback, it was a tie-in to what is current. When you can watch a show and even the commercials are entertaining, that is when they had me. It was only natural that Da Pope would align himself with the National Wrestling Alliance.”

On the future of NWA Powerr: “NWA Powerrr, man, to lose that during these current times. I know it will be back. Billy Corgan has no thought process to that not coming back. So, look forward to that returning, certainly.”

On his TNA/Impact run being remembered more than his WWE run: “Well, again, that is why that name Da Pope takes precedence over Elijah Burke or any other name. Even to this day and back when I was with TNA, when I was in public, at the store, in restaurants… Sure, people said Elijah Burke. But, Pope became the thing, Pope became the man. Pope became who I am! Quite frankly, the reason that got over is because it is who I am. It is amped up. But, it is more natural for me to be Da Pope. Let me play from my background and be who I am. And, more importantly, there were no scripts in TNA. (laughs) You put a live mic in front of Pope, let me be Pope, and let me do my thing. It is natural. I had no muzzle, no scripts to follow, it was just natural. Vince Russo just said, “Pope! (pronounced Pope-A), what are we going to do today Pope?” I was like, “What do you mean?” “What are you going to say?” “What’s going on? What am I involved with”, you know? (laughs) That is the way it was, man. Every time I was given a mic, “Go be Pope.” And, that’s what I did. And, I think that is why Pope stood out.”


On if Dixie Carter is given a bum rap from past employees now: “Certainly, she gets a bum rap and she doesn’t get enough credit for what she did do which was take a company that was going under and made it a national company and made it a somewhat profitable company. Sure, she was not the wrestling genius or wrestling master-mind, as so many other people have pointed out. But, when it came to the promotion and what needed to be to get Impact to a respectable number 2 at the time, she did that. She did that! Look at Impact now. Impact is trying to find its way again. Look at where Impact went, with all of the woes and the lows. Is she blameless in all of that? No, she’s not blameless. But, she doesn’t get enough credit for the good things. She gave us all, everyone that went through there, a second chance at making a decent living by doing what we love to do. For that, I’m forever grateful.”


On what it meant to work with Dusty Rhodes behind the scenes in WWE: “It means absolutely the world! A young Elijah Burke walks in with his bag in tow and here comes The Dream walking up with his ostrich boots and slacks, I believe. I think they even made him switch over. But, he had his shirt on, I want to say jeans. But, nevertheless, I see this man walking up and I froze. When he got within about 6 feet, I went to stick out my hand and say “Hey Dream, my name is Elijah Burke.” He swiped my hand away, wrapped his arms around me and said, “I don’t need you to tell me who you are. I know all about you, boy. I’m the one that brought you here. We’re going to make a lot of money together. Go put your bags down and come back and find me.” (laughs) Dream, top billing, he’s the reason ther e is a Pope. He is the first one to take an actual script from the writers, gave it to me and said, “Read this real quick.” I read it, he said, “You got it?” Then, he snatched it from me, balled it up, and threw it behind him. He said, “You know what they want you to say. Now go out and say it the way you want to say it. Don’t you worry about Vince and Stephanie (McMahon). I’ll deal with them!”

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