Wrestling Inc: Did you grow up as a wrestling fan?
Christopher Daniels: Yeah. I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina where Fort Bragg is, basically where the Mid Atlantic territories were sort of based out of the Carolinas. So I grew up watching guys like Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and the Road Warriors. I got a chance to watch all those guys live. Magnum T.A. and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, the Midnight Express. But yeah, man. My dad took me there, to the Cumberland County Arena, to watch it as a kid and I just stuck with it I guess.
Pennsylvania’s “The Ultimate Wrestling Experience” owner Sage Strong and Vice president Hollywood’s Finest, Kevin Murphy recently took some time to sit down with PWMania.com. The indy promoters/stars spoke on several subjects from their influences to forming the independent wrestling promotion, marketing the product and more.
Here are some highlights:
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.newsday.com and was written by Josh Stewart.
Rumors of a partnership between country music superstar Toby Keith and TNA Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett to start a new pro wrestling promotion have swirled online since shortly after a report last month by The Wrestling Observer newsletter that said Keith had unsuccessfully tried to purchase TNA.
While others have quickly denied interest in buying TNA or joining an effort to launch a new company, Jarrett and a publicist for Keith have neither confirmed nor denied the reports when contacted multiple times this month.
On Jan. 14, Jarrett said via email that he wasn’t doing any interviews right now. On Wednesday, he again declined an interview request via email, but added, “I can tell you I’m making good progress, so, stay tuned!”
Diva-Dirt.com reports that Santana Garrett is joining TNA!
The news of the SHINE Wrestling standout’s new career move was broken by SHINE Promoter Sal Hamaoui.
Sal made the announcement on the official SHINE Wrestling Facebook group, saying:
“Everyone in SHINE would like to wish Santana the best of luck with TNA. You’ll always be a SHINE Original.”
This wouldn’t be Santana’s first stint with TNA. She briefly appeared for the company in 2010 as a valet for Orlando Jordan and wrestled at TNA’s Knockout Knockdown PPV. Since then, she’s impressed in SHINE and SHIMMER and also appeared on an episode of NXT last year in a losing effort against Charlotte.
Austin Aries (@AustinAries) was a guest on The Berman Show where he discusses possibly making a run in WWE and much more!
Here is the link to the interview:
Former TNA World Heavyweight and tag team champion James Storm joined Ring Rust Radio recently. It was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content and insight into the star’s TNA career, working through his ankle injury (previously not reported), his reality TV show, Genesis and so much more!
Below is the YouTube video for the interview and full link for the show. Also, a transcription of some of the pertinent questions:
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On Monday night, TNA President Dixie Carter announced that the annual “Lockdown” Steel Cage Pay-Per-View event will take place on March 9 from Miami, Florida at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami. Tickets go on sale January 24 at Ticketmaster.com. Check back to ImpactWrestling.com in the coming weeks for more news on Lockdown in Miami!