Frankie Kazarian Recalls Clashes With Past Impact Officials For Being Outspoken


Impact Wrestling veteran Frankie Kazarian is competing at tonight’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view event for the X-Division title.

Known for his time in Impact dating back to when it was Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Kazarian recalled some of the clashes he had with Impact officials in the past. He recently spoke with Metro to discuss his past tiffs with management, plus his match with Mike Bailey tonight. 


You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On his disputes over creative with past Impact regimes: “Oh I was vocal about it at times. I pick my battles though, I knew what hills I wanted to die on and what hills I did not want to die on. There were times that I questioned the booking and I was, for lack of better words, called out on it and brought to the principal’s office. And one time that even led to a, like, 90-day [probation thing] where if I messed up in 90 days, I was gonna be in big trouble.”

On never having an issue with Impact’s roster: ‘I always believed in the wrestlers. Our work ethic and our passion was never in question. And you’ve got to give credit to Dixie [Carter] and what she did to keep the company running and everybody that has come in her wake basically. They kept this place running and it’s still a strong wrestling company that people are watching.”

On Mike Bailey: “Mike Bailey is pretty much everything that embodies the X Division. He’s taken what we did in 2002, 2003, 2004 and so on to another level, much like a lot of guys in this generation have.”

On his return to Impact: “I see a lot of the crew and the production people – guys and girls that I grew up with in the business. There’s still a part of that, kinda the old familiar – the faces have changed, the production is different, the regime is different, but it’s still IMPACT Wrestling. I still have roots there and I’ll do whatever I can to continue to help that brand. I’m where I am in a lot of ways because of what IMPACT Wrestling and TNA did for my career.”

On Christopher Daniels also getting in trouble with past regimes: “Chris got similar trouble because he was vocal. But it wasn’t just to be – we weren’t being vocal for the sake of being vocal, we were doing it because we wanted things to be better. That was taking as us complaining or bitching. I was a younger man back then and I probably didn’t go about it as diplomatically as I could have or as I would have now.”

Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view event is airing live tonight from the Albany Armory in Albany, New York. The Countdown show will air at 7:30 PM EST. The main card will air at 8:00 PM ET. Viewers can order the event through and the Impact Plus app.

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