During a recent appearance on the Shining Wizards Podcast, NWA World Champion Trevor Murdoch talked about his current reign (second run) as champion, stating how this run is more for him than anything else.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On wanting a rematch with Matt Cardona: “Me and Matt are going to have our dance. Whether I’m World Champion or not, he owes me a W, and I’m coming to get that shit. Would I rather have had Matt in there for the World championship? Sure as hell, yeah. I’m the World’s heavyweight champion. That means I beat the best, and Matt’s one of the best. He’s lucky that unfortunately, he had a biceps tear. Once I knew that happened, my attention moved directly toward Nick (Aldis) because I know that Nick was swarming around it. One of the things I learned from my first run when I was chasing after the World Heavyweight title, I chased and chased and chased Nick everywhere. I was relentless. While I was doing that, what I didn’t realize was, that I was burning myself out. I wasn’t able to be the World champion I wanted to be and Matt Cardona capitalized on it. Now, this time is going to be a whole lot different. Not to mention, I waited. I sat back and I waited for my right moment and the right time. I told everybody. It wasn’t a surprise. I’ve been telling people for weeks. I’m coming, and I’m going to be the World champion again. Now, if they didn’t listen to me, that’s their own damn fault. I sent the warning. I’m coming and I proved it every time I’ve stepped in the ring.”
On The 4-way at Alwayz Ready: “With the other two gentlemen jumping in, that did catch me off guard in the fatal 4-way. I was not expecting Sam Shaw, and I was not expecting Thom Lattimer. Definitely, the game plan changed. What worked to my benefit is the ego and desire to be World Champion from Thom Lattimer and Sam Shaw. Those guys wanted it just as badly as I did. I just had to wait for the right moment and the right time. I saw Nick. He teed it up and I took it.”
On the difference between his two title reigns: “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what’s the difference between my first title run and me winning the title [now]. And I’ll be honest with you. The first time, it felt like it was for Harley, and felt like it was more for my family, for Saint Louis, and for the people who have supported me. This one? Boys, this is all me. This is all mine. I’m going to blaze my own path my way, and if I piss people off, I’m sorry. At the end of the day, I’m still going to end up being World heavyweight champion. I’ve heard so many stories about top guys having to step on people to be elevated or to get their opportunities. I’ve heard so many kinds of semi-horror stories, and I always told myself I didn’t want to be that guy. I didn’t want to carry myself that way in the business. I didn’t want people to think that way. But I’ll be honest with you. Maybe they had it right the whole time, guys. Do you know what I mean? Because we’re still talking about those champions. And now they’re nice guys. Now everybody loves them and thinks they’re great. While they were going after the World title, people thought they were the biggest pieces of shit out there. I don’t care what you think about me right now, because, at the end of the day, you’re going to understand why I’m doing what I’m doing.”