â€œThe Encoreâ€ TJ Mack
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Pro Debut: July 2001
Website/Myspace: www.myspace.com/macktion_attraction and http://groups/myspace.com/themackpack
Tournament history: 2006 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup (lost to Ruckus in opening round)
Where you have seen him: AWA, AWA World-1 South, Carolina Wrestling Alliance, UWF (Hermie Sadler), UXW, Christian Wrestling Federation, NAWF (CT), Coastal Carolina Wrestling, TNA Wrestling, SCW and Live Action Wrestling to name a few.
Championships held: AWA World Tag Team champion (w/Kirby Mack in Team Macktion) and AWA World Light Heavyweight champion.
Alan J. Wojcik: You were a last minute entrant to last yearâ€™s event and earned your way into the 2007 event. Please talk about your feelings of being part of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup.
TJ Mack: Being put in to last years Cup was a big surprise to me, and I guess you can say I let my nerves get the best of me. This year, however, I am much more prepared, focused and determined to advance. I have no doubt that this year will be better than last. I am honored to be considered a participantâ€¦Oh, and, I have already figured out how to pack the car, so there will be just enough room for the trophy to ride home with me.
Alan J. Wojcik: Scanning the internet for information on you research shows you have an alter ego known as Dexter Poindexter. For fans that have yet to encounter him, please describe how TJ Mack became the lovable geek?
TJ Mack: Well, TJ Mack didnâ€™t really become the lovable geekâ€¦I just always was. Wrestling just gave me an outlet to exaggerate who I was at the time, but as times changed so did I. I began to out grow the character and become a new person in general. There is still, however, some Dexter left in meâ€¦and every now and then he likes to show up with a big smile.
Alan J. Wojcik: How does a Christian Wrestling Federation show differ from other promotions you have worked for and would you prefer all promotions adapt their belief system?
TJ Mack: The Christian wrestling shows I work for do great things. The matches, themselves, arenâ€™t much different then a match you would see at a show that doesnâ€™t have the word Christian or Jesus in the name. The atmosphere in the back isnâ€™t much different either. What varies most is the atmosphere of the crowd. The crowd knows that, because this show claims to be run by those of Christian belief, it will be clean and they donâ€™t have to worry about covering the kidâ€™s ears or having them look away at certain parts. The parents are relaxed, which means they are going to have a better time, and in the long run it helps everything run much more smoothly. I donâ€™t think it is necessary to have all other promotions to adapt to this belief system. The majority of the shows I work for are already running a â€˜family friendlyâ€™ event. This country is a melting pot and without variation things would just get boring.
Alan J. Wojcik: On your myspace page you list some famous names you have worked with including the Hardyâ€™s, Steve Corino, CW Anderson, Shannon Moore, Gregory Helms and Tony Mamaluke to name a few. How does it feel to be 21 years old and have taken on men who have worked for WWE, WCW and ECW and if anything what have you learned from being in the ring with them?
TJ Mack: Working names like the ones above is an indescribable experience. I have been extremely blessed to be able to sit and pick the minds of these people. I have made some great friends. I have learned that there is always room for improvement. It doesnâ€™t matter who you are or what you do. You can always improve.
Alan J. Wojcik: You have wrestled for several North and
South Carolina promotions. How do they differ from each other and is the region as hot for wrestling as it was during the hey day of Jim Crockett Promotions and the old Mid-Atlantic territory?
TJ Mack: Many of the promotions are on the same level. In fact, a lot of them use the same guysâ€¦they just have a slightly different look of have three different â€˜callâ€™ letters. The region is still hot, and many of the fans still enjoy the â€˜old schoolâ€™ wrestling (even though they are slowly adapting to the more high spot style). I do not believe that it is as hot as it once was, but those days are considered legendary. Until something else makes the
â€™s boom, the things that are taking place now are just pages that are leading up to a climax that has yet been discovered. I just hope I am included in those climax pages as well.
Alan J. Wojcik: In addition to the
Carolina based promotions you and Kirby have been working for Hermie Sadlerâ€™s UWF outfit against the team of Corino/Anderson and the Diamonds in the Rough (David Young & â€œPrimeTimeâ€ Elix Skipper.) What is the UWF atmosphere like and do you think they can contend with ROH and the AWA in DVD sales and drawing power?
TJ Mack: The UWF has a wonderful atmosphere. When it comes to competing with ROH and AWA in DVE sales and drawing powerâ€¦I most definitely think they are able to stand toe to toe with each. One of the best things about the UWF is that they have something for every type of wrestling fan.
Alan J. Wojcik: This yearâ€™s tournament has some interesting aspects to it, namely the addition of Allison Danger. Other competitors have said she is not to be treated like a Barbie doll, what are you feelings on Ms. Danger?
TJ Mack: I have met Allison on numerous occasions and I will agree with everyone else that she is not to be treated like a Barbie doll. She can hit just has hard, if not harder then anyone else in the Cup. I feel sorry for whoever steps in the ring with her first. I think they are going to be surprised with the amount of talent she is packing. She makes a good addition to the Cupâ€¦it spices things up a bit.
Alan J. Wojcik: The easiest question to ask in this entire interview is: are you hoping the JPC booking committee places you in the opening round against your brother Krazy K AKA Kirby Mack?
TJ Mack: No, I do not hope that we are placed in the opening round. I do, somewhat, hope that we both advance in the tournament and meet each other in one of the other qualifying matches, if not the final round. At the same time though, a part of me hopes he is taken out before we get a chance to meet, because I would rather not be the one to do it. If it comes down to us facing off, Iâ€™m sure the fans would see a match full of brotherly love, emotion, and hits that are a little more Snuggg then usual.
Alan J. Wojcik: Including your brother and Allison Danger, which of the announced competitors would you like to face in the opening round and why? (announced are Nooie Lee, Allison Danger, Sideshow, Chris Hero, Erick Stevens, â€œUnrealâ€ Michael Elgin, Krazy K, YOU, Matt Cross, Kenny King, Sal Rinauro, Seth Delay, Billy Roc, Adam Flash, and Trik Davis)
TJ Mack: It doesnâ€™t matter who I face in the opening round as long as I advance Iâ€™m happy.