The Pope Prophesizes: Dinero Talks Possible Racism, Talent pushed, and more!

Matthew HesterSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2010


As a follower of TNA, I can’t help but be impressed by the many of the talented stars on the show. Whether it’s Doug Williams, Jay Lethal, the MCMGs, just to name a few. There is one star on TNA that stands out the most to me though.


He is not only talented in the ring, but he can cut a promo like nobody else. His true wrestling name is D’ Angelo Dinero, but to his following he is simply known as “The Pope”. I recently caught an interview done with him on, and it was interesting to say the least.


He talks about many issues during his chat with Brian Fritz. I won’t give you all of what was said, but I will give you some very interesting points during the interview. You may be surprised with what Dinero had to say.


Here is some prophecy from “The Pope”.


Brian Fritz with D’Angelo Dinero


Why haven’t you done a movie yet?


You know what daddy? That question is as good as mine but then I look up north (WWE) and I say gee whiz, how come no one of Pope’s background if you get my drift, how come ain’t none of them done a movie either? Their chance is probably more good or better than mine at this time being that they got a whole production film thing going on. I look at the guys like, that was Cryme Tyme and some of my friends up there, Kofi (Kingston) and I’m like why aren’t those guys in movies? My time will come so I’m not worried about that. Pope’s time will come. Everything happens in due time but right now, first things first, is Pope’s gotta get that gold to have as big of bling around his waist. You’re talking about the TNA World Heavyweight Title daddy.


You mentioned some of your buddies up there. Do you think they’re getting a fair shake?


(laughs) In this day and age, if you’re up there, shake what ya got. Shake what ya daddy or momma gave ya. They’re getting something. I can’t speak on their behalf because I don’t know what a fair shake to them would be. But Pope can count his blessings and I’ll make that known right now that I am happy, I am elated, I am ecstatic to be a part of TNA Wrestling. That’s for sure.


 Dixie Carter recently threw it out there that TNA is going to be signing somebody. You’ve had an opportunity to work with a lot of different people. I don’t know who that person is going to be but who would you like to see added to the TNA roster?


Oh, you know, oh Dixie Carter always makes sure that she keeps the wrestling world on their toes. She’s always making sure that she keeps you guys out there guessing. Yesterday, I actually tweeted and I had no idea …


Yeah, I was going to get to that.


(laughs) Pope had no idea that Dixie had … I don’t know if she had tweeted or Facebook. I just have to drop in every now and then to let me congregation know that hey, I ain’t forgot about you. Like I said, I’m in the midst of four different classes so I just dropped a little tweet ’cause I heard some good news for Pope. So I chose to say “that’s cool”. I don’t know man. This place has … when Pope says this is cool on Twitter, all of a sudden everyone started coming at me like, like an animal!


Are you surprised at how quickly something like that spreads? You’re putting that out there and then, within an hour, you had to put something else on there because everybody ran with it because he said “that’s cool”.


Right. (laughs) I don’t wanna … Either way, it’s entertaining for our fans, whether they diss it, whether they try to hate it on the forefront or whether they start putting it over. It’s just entertaining because you gotta realize that so many people are sitting back and they’re waiting on the next move of both major companies or any company at that. And anything that’s newsworthy, everyone wants to be a part of it man. It’s almost like that thing they do on CNN, “The Eye Report”, you know what I’m saying. Everybody got their phone out. Right now, somebody is staring over here, sitting in their car with their phone up to the window because Pope’s standing out here with his tank top on. Yeah, I see ya over there looking at me. Pope’s got his scrubs on, about to go into the gym and they’re sitting over there in the car videoing me.


When it comes to the TNA roster right now, there’s obviously a lot of young guys, a lot of guys getting an opportunity now but there’s also guys who have been in the wrestling business for a while. Where do you think TNA stands with that right now because there have been a lot of fans, especially lately, that are like we appreciate what these guys have done but maybe TNA should be more focused towards a youth movement.


Hold on. You’re doing the interview with Pope and you the reporter, you are the news media if you will and you’re out here trying to beat around the bush instead of just … You trying to let Pope be the one to come out and say what you trying to say? Man, just say what you want to say, mean what you say when you say it and say it and let’s do it.


OK. Do you think that guys like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, for everything they’ve done but obviously they are up there in years, should be a major focus on TNA right now?


Thank you.


You’re welcome.


Did I say that Dixie Carter is sexy by the way?


Yes she is.


I tell you what, hoo, you talkin’ about cougars daddy!


Are you deflecting the question?


No daddy. Here’s what Pope is gonna say about that. Everybody, everybody can be used and have a spot in the entertainment aspect of any wrestling program. It’s not where or who it is, it’s how it’s being done. And as you mentioned, focal point. Well, I don’t think they are the focal point. I mean, I don’t see Flair or Hogan headlining No Surrender. I didn’t see Flair or Hogan headlining Victory Road. They’re no focal points. They’re there to add credibility to the product. Their name value obviously is more than some of us younger guys so you have to give them that credit. They’re not focal points and I think TNA knows that. Hogan knows that. Hogan has said that. Flair knows that. Flair said that. You know, Flair didn’t go out there and put himself over with AJ Styles. Flair went out there every “Impact” and did his absolute honest best to say this guy, AJ Styles is not only the best wrestler in this company but in the world. Flair was being the same Flair that he was with Triple H in the year 2001 and so forth. So, those guys are not focal points.


Let me ask you this then. The focal point of bringing back guys that made their name in ECW …


You talking about the bingo hallers!


Yeah and at “Hardcore Justice” there were no TNA guys on there. It was all former ECW guys on there.


Well daddy, that was a TNA management call obviously and I’ll tell you what, whether the Pope agreed or disagreed or stayed in the middle or whether that was right or wrong, I’ll tell you this: Pope wasn’t in the Impact Zone. How about that daddy?


I know you weren’t. I was there and I did not see you that night.




Last thing before I let you go, who is the better talker right now you or Ric Flair?


Oh daddy, Pope will eat Ric Flair up! Don’t try to pull Pope on the … Flair is the absolute all-time greatest when it comes to it. But right now, in this day and age, daddy you put Pope and Ric Flair face-to-face with a microphone I guarantee you things are gonna get turned upside down. And that’s not no threat to Flair or anybody else, that’s just a promise man. You put a mic in my hand and you already know the deal.


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