|Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM|
Ring Rust Radio sat down for an interview with TNA world champion Drew Galloway. Check out the highlights below.
Ring Rust Radio: On Sunday, June 12, you take on Bobby Lashley for the TNA world title in a match that can only end with a knockout or tap out. What can fans expect from a match with this stipulation and how have you prepare differently for this bout?
Drew Galloway: Well you can definitely expect violence. I like to pride myself on being hard hitting in the ring and make it believable. Then you look at Bobby Lashley and see his speed and his undefeated streak in Bellator MMA. So this fight is a unique situation and has really helped me up my game. For once I will be going into the fight as the underdog. We will beat the absolute crap out of each other. You see some of those shots on TV and they look real and feel real. This Sunday were looking to have people talking and really turn some heads. We are hoping this will be a turning point for TNA and the start of a new year for TNA.
Ring Rust Radio: Generally when someone goes up against Lashley they’re automatically an underdog from a storyline sense, especially with an MMA-inspired stipulation like the one you guys have at Slammiversary. Do you enjoy playing that role or are you more comfortable being the favorite and being the guy who’s expected to win?
Drew Galloway: I always like a challenge. Typically, in TNA and the indie scene I am the bigger guy. Right now in TNA, I am the biggest good guy they have, but in Evolve and ICW over in Scotland I get a mixed reaction, but I always say what my character believes. In the ring I love the challenge every time; whether it’s a high flyer, technical guy or a brawler who is a little smaller. When it comes to Bobby Lashley, he really is something special. Everybody knows he is a different type of animal with what he can do in the ring and in the octagon. For me, I don’t treat him like a pro wrestler. I treat him like he is and with the respect he deserves. That goes for the character and the real person. I want people to believe it’s possible and I want them to believe those hits are real. We are going to take it to another level. Jeff Hardy is on the show and he might just steal the show like he always does. I can guarantee, though, that Bobby Lashley and myself will steal the show that night.
Ring Rust Radio: TNA’s seen an influx of talent lately with a lot of new signings, and the free agent market has started to grow recently too, especially with WWE releasing a bunch of talent, most notably Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow. What are your thoughts on the prospects of TNA going after some of those guys and who might you like to see the company sign?
Drew Galloway: Anybody really. All those guys you just mentioned would be a huge assist to any company. Cody is doing his thing right now and getting people talking. Sandow already has himself back out there. Wade is kicking his feet up and watching the soccer championships. Selfishly, I want my buddies there because they would be a huge asset to the company right now. I could see myself and Wade teaming again like when we were FCW tag champions. Or we could be facing each other across the ring, either one would be a really cool prospect.
Ring Rust Radio: After leaving WWE, you began working the independent scene again. How was working the indies different this time around and do you think the experience helped you regain some confidence after being underutilized by WWE?
Drew Galloway: When I got signed by WWE, I was wrestling over in Europe and the scene there just wasn’t the same as it is now. It was in its infant stages and it was really just me and five other guys starting the modern day Scottish wrestling league. We were all just trying to help each other get better at the time. There was one TV show where it was Sheamus and myself as the main guys on the show, so I can’t really compare it to today. To go back to the independent scene, I have been feeling confident. I have always tried to watch the indie guys and keep my finger on the pulse. I knew I could hang with these guys, but it was frustrating with my first match with Chris Hero. I think I ended up pulling my hamstring in that one. It was supposed to last 25 minutes and end with me winning the title. If you are on top of the card and you are the champion and look back and see the talent behind you on that roster. Guys like Ricochet and Roderick Strong, you will quickly learn how to wrestle on the indie scene. I like diving in the deep end. If I sink it’s on me and if I swim it’s on me.
Ring Rust Radio: You’ve been defending your title overseas and also this weekend yourself and EC3 will be representing TNA at the Evolve shows. As the face of the company, how important do you believe it is to spread the word about TNA by working with other promotions, and what kinds of opportunities do you believe doing so could potentially open up for yourself and TNA?
Drew Galloway: The thing is we just don’t know because it really is uncharted territory. My first match back in the indies I won the Evolve title. I wanted to take it around the world and get more eyes on the company. I defended it in multiple countries and brought it on TV. While I was champion, the WWE relationship happened and everyone knew that I was going to be gone. I did end up coming back, and Johnny Gargano and I won the tag titles. So you had someone that won WWE tag titles and Evolve tag titles and everyone is trying to figure out what is going on. That’s the great thing about 2016. Anything can happen and they are letting us do our thing. We aren’t going to do anything to offend either company, and we are going to tow the line to give the fans the best product. The sky is the limit and tonight I am getting ready to pull some things out of my hat and get people talking.
Ring Rust Radio: In recent interviews, you've mentioned how TNA has let you be yourself. Can you further explain what you mean by that, what type of freedom do you have creatively in TNA and has there ever been something that you wanted to do that you haven't been able to do yet that you could share with us?
Drew Galloway: Basically what you see is what you get with me. You will see it in my body when I am talking wrestling and I start to get amped up. I forget where I am at and I start to jump all over the place. I just love this business and I am so passionate about it. So many ideas will just flood my head at once and it’s hard to contain myself. With WWE you are playing a role on a TV show. There is only so much room for improvisation because you have to stick to the character and that’s just the way of the beast and how it works. For TNA, they saw what I was doing in the indies and contacted me and told me I could be myself over there. They give me material, but they let me put it in my own words. It’s so much easier for a talent to deliver and let them take it and make it their own. It really does give the optimum product and the best extension of your character.