Chris Masters on His Involvement with TNA’s Ring Ka King
Dave Lagana reached out to contact me. He told me they’re starting a new promotion in India. It would be affiliated with TNA and funded, I believe, by TNA. They would air on the No. 1 network in India, and it was just a great opportunity.
The main objective was to bring out some American wrestling stars to work with some of the Indian guys, many of whom are pretty green. A lot of them are only two or three months into their training. They kind of hand-picked everybody to come and work with these guys and have at least passable, if not good, matches. It turned out pretty well: We have a great set, a great group of guys and we’ve produced some great TV.
On His Second WWE Run
I was in a bad place in my life after I was released from WWE the first time. I kind of knew in the back of my mind that I would reconcile with the WWE and return, which I did. It quickly became apparent that they didn’t have any intent of using me. So I just worked because, well, I wanted that spot, but if nothing else, I wanted to prove the critics wrong. I didn’t want to be perceived as the body guy. I wanted to be known as a great wrestler.
In 2010 and 2011, I had no distractions in my career, and everything was coming together. The company was reaching out to me, and Hunter had pulled me aside and told me he liked what I was doing, which is why my last release came as a surprise.
On His “Masters to Impact” Campaign
I wasn’t really given a fair shake in WWE. For those of you that watch Superstars, you know that I can contribute to the game. I’m 29 years old and at the peak of my career. Going to Impact won’t turn things around right away; the ratings won’t overtake Raw or anything.
But I do think I have a lot to contribute. So I figured it’s time to campaign. It’s 2012! MTI! Get the word out. Grassroots effort. I know a lot of things need to happen and that campaigns aren’t won overnight. TNA has a lot going on and a lot of guys that already aren’t being used, but I really think there’s a lot I can contribute. I just need a place to go out and do it.
Masters also discusses the cultural differences experienced in India, his American-Adonis character in Ring Ka King, his participation in the Wrestling Revolution Project and much more! Head over to PW 24/7 Radio to hear this interview in its entirety, as well as countless hours of free wrestling content.
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