PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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“Hangman” Adam Page talked with CBS Local’s Chuck Carol about the bond shared between him, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Marty Scurll and the big contract decisions that loom on the horizon, whether they plan to sign with WWE or remain independent when their contracts expire and how they feel like they have more leverage than any wrestler has had in quite some time. The following excerpts were provided to PWTorch.com by the author.
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Q: It has been reported that everybody’s contracts are coming up at the end of the year or shortly thereafter and you collectively have decided to take whatever the next step will be together as a unit. How did you arrive at that decision?
A: I think as a collective, as a group, we have been able to change wrestling… I think, as a group, we are really on to something, and I think we wanna continue this. It would be a real disservice to everyone who has supported us and got us to this point if we were to abandon what we’ve built. It certainly doesn’t mean it can’t evolve and change, and it should, and it will. But I feel like we have too much of a good thing going to try to abandon it. And we all know that collectively we have more leverage than we ever had. More than anyone else has had in a very long time.
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Q: Is the next stop then WWE?
A: I think what we’ve built is not necessarily bound to where we work… I feel like the most feedback that I get is from doing stuff with Being The Elite. Which could conceivably happen anywhere. It could happen … You catch my drift. So I don’t want to, at any point, rule anything out. If you kinda catch my drift on that one.
Q: Would you say you’re leaning more toward one direction or another?
A: I think right now we’ve still got some time, and we’re all just kind of weighing options together. There are things that maybe sound more intriguing or less intriguing than other options, and those options have changed and will continue to change and evolve in the coming months.
Q: A while back I had the opportunity to speak with [ROH GM] Greg Gilliland, and he said that he was going to make an aggressive attempt to retain you guys with long-term agreements. But at the end of the day, Ring of Honor is about the Ring Of Honor experience and not any particular wrestler. How do you take those remarks?
A: I could take it one way or the other, but I guess I won’t choose to take someone’s words in an interview like that too personal. I’d consider their actions and their position to be the bottom line of where I stand with the company or those people, I guess.
He also talks about the ten-man Bullet Club vs. CHAOS tag match at Death Before Dishonor in the full interview.
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