Â Courtesy: www.MondayNightMayhem.comFormer TNA X-Division Champion, Kaz, was the special guest on this past week’s live edition (01/02/08) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Sweet Sunshine Sauces) — which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh & Blade, and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com).
Kaz’s return to The Mayhem can now be heard for FREE in Real Audio.
January 2nd Monday Night Mayhem (streaming audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/010208.wax
January 2nd Monday Night Mayhem (official MNM podcast): http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mondaynightmayhem/~3/210904071/010208.mp3
Here are some of the highlights from Kaz’s appearance on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s co-host, The Big Mosh.
Mosh & Blade welcome Kaz back to the show (for the first time in close to four years), a long-time friend of The Mayhem. Blade wished to inform the listening audience that himself & The Big Mosh would not be fielding any questions for Kaz involving the cutting of hair nor a certain superstar that shares his name with a hit ’80’s TV show (“Hunter”). With that being said, The Mayhem was up for its first interview of 2008!
Kaz said that he has been enjoying his time with the company over the past few months, and agrees with the old-age expression, “hard work & dedication pays off.” He is thankful that he has been given the opportunity to work against guys the likes of Christian Cage & Kurt Angle recently, and proving the “Doubting Thomas’ of the world” out there wrong. Kaz believes that he has proved to everyone that he “can hang with” the main-eventers in both TNA & the WWE. Momentum is on his side into the new year.
As a result of being given this opportunity (which he defines as the biggest of his career so far), he knows that he has to step up his A-game — something he feels that the fans around the world have seen. Kaz still describes himself as the same Kaz from Day One in TNA, and that he has not lost who he is personally, even with his elevation within the ranks in the business. He is very thankful of where he is going into the beginning of the new year in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Kaz feels ready for his match against Black Reign at Final Resolution. He describes working with Dustin Rhodes as “exciting & something different.” Having worked guys such as Angle, Christian, & Bobby Roode over the past six months or so, this match with Black Reign will be a different level of physicality, a different level of mind games, & a new challenge — which is something he embraces. He is looking forward to getting a measure of revenge as well on Black Reign, for putting a plastic bag over his head with his rat (Misty) a few weeks ago on iMPACT. What will happen when these two collide? Tune in tonight to find out!
Speaking of TNA PPV’s, fans: Remember to e-mail your predictions for this evening’s TNA Final Resolution Pay-Per-View (call your local cable or satellite provider for availability) to The Mayhem to [email protected], MySpace them to www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, or post them on the official MNM Message Board (located at www.MondayNightMayhem.com). The first place winner (who predicts all of the matches accordingly) will receive a copy of “The History Of TNA: Year One DVD (courtesy: TNA Wrestling), a $25.00 credit to B. Brown Video (www.BBrownVideo.com: the official wrestling video & DVD distribution company of The Mayhem) & a case of Sweet Sunshine Sauces, and the second place winner will get a $15.00 credit to B. Brown Video & a case of Sweet Sunshine Sauces…the official finishing sauce of The Mayhem!
Back in the summer of 2003, Kaz was part of the first Ultimate X match. Since that point in time, we have seen different variations of the Ultimate X bout (including tonight’s match with Team 3-D & Johnny Devine vs, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns). Kaz looks back on that match five years ago still as one of his career-defining moments, and that the Ultimate X has indeed changed the wrestling business. Kaz does not think the Ultimate X matches are “played out,” but should be used in the proper context, to prevent the contest from being overused. “The Ultimate X match is very dangerous, very high-risk, & very special.” He is looking forward to seeing tonight’s bout, especially with seeing Team 3-D “trying” to climb the cables.
On the heels of TNA iMPACT’s most recent programming & its very successful Nielsen ratings, the huge crowds that attended the Canada house show swing at the end of December, drawing well over 25,000 fans in Japan’s Tokyo Dome for their joint show with New Japan Wrestling, & TNA’s upcoming house shows this month, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has been having their busiest month on record in company history. Kaz honestly believes that it is truly great to be a part of TNA right now. The fact that the company is still growing since Day One, from the Wednesday night TNA PPV’s to where they stand right now with iMPACT on Spike TV every Thursday night for two hours, is very rewarding & refreshing. From how he sees things, the morale is really good in the locker room.
Blade asked Kaz what he thinks TNA can do to continue to expand its fan base to non-wrestling fans. He believes that it is essential to reach out to those who are watching TV. Keeping everything fresh is also integral, he feels. “The wrestling has never been a question” without a doubt, but Kaz’s take is this simple: having new storylines, fresh characters, & beautiful women will help the company take things to an even higher level.
Kaz also is very proud of coming out victorious against “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles in the Reindeer Suit Match on the Christmas edition of TNA iMPACT — as he described holding the reindeer head in his hand after the match as “surreal.” Kaz agrees with Mosh’s take of AJ becoming “a modern-day Andy Kaufmann with athletic ability,” as the wrestling fans around the world have seen a newer side of AJ over the past year. Kaz also teased the listening audience by saying that he thinks his battles with Styles are far from over. Working with AJ in various matches/contests over the years are also some of Kaz’s proudest moments.
Kaz also gave his uncensored thoughts/takes on the leaked copy of the TNA iMPACT script, the full story on meeting Mike Tenay back in 1997 at a WCW on-sale date in San Diego, CA (that “The Professor prefaced in his Mayhem appearance back several weeks ago) & how “he called his shot” of telling Tenay how he would call one of his matches one day in the future, training & working with John Cena & Samoa Joe in his time in the California independent scene, any regrets about his departure from the WWE, whether or not he thinks the X-Division “defeated” the Cruiserweight division, his comparisons to others in the entertainment business with one name (Cher, Bono, Sting), whether or not Kaz stills enjoys his Pop Tarts (something Kaz went on record saying was his guilty pleasure food when he started in professional wrestling) & his love for Metallica. An excellent way to kick off your 2008…spending some time with the star who Mosh & Blade predict will be in the main event for TNA’s Bound For Glory PPV this year! Kaz has gone on record on www.TNAWrestling.com, telling the fans around the world that his New Year’s Resolution will be “to shock the world.” Will he do so? Our money is without a doubt!
Kaz invites all of his fans to check out his official website (www.Frankie-Kazarian.com) & his official MySpace page (www.MySpace.com/TheKazarian).
For all of the last-minute news & notes heading into this evening’s TNA Final Resolution PPV, video coverage of TNA’s trip to the orient this past week @ The Tokyo Dome, & all of the all-new TNA DVD releases/merchandise (and what is coming soon in the new year), head on over to www.TNAWrestling.com.
You can check out Kaz (as he takes on “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal) & the rest of the stars of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling next weekend: January 9th in Belton TX at The Bell County Expo Center (tickets on sale now at www.TexasBoxOffice.com, all Texas Box Office outlets, or by calling 512.477.6060), January 10th in Austin, TX at The Travis County Expo Center (tickets on sale now at www.GetTix.net, and can also be charged by phone at 1.866.I.GET.TIX), January 11th in Dallas, TX at The House Of Blues (tickets on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, at The House Of Blues Box Office, or by calling 214.978.BLUE), & January 12th in Oklahoma City, OK at The Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center (tickets on sale now at www.OKCTickets.com, all Party Galaxy Locations, & can be charged by phone at 866.966.1777.
In addition, for those of you who want to see a live TNA Pay-Per-View outside of The iMPACT Zone setting in Orlando, FL…now’s your opportunity. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Against All Odds is getting ready to invade Greenville, SC on Sunday night, February 10th. Tickets are on sale now at The BI-LO Center Box Office (650 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601), all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (864) 233-2525.
In addition, (and with a slight twist), Blade & Mosh were joined this past Wednesday by The Mayhem’s national ECW correspondent, The Monster Factory’s very own Jim Molineaux, for the official Monday Night Mayhem 2008 Predictions. How will the WWE, TNA, & Ring Of Honor fair in the next 365 days? Who will have a breakout year? Which names will be changing places? All of this, plus all of the fallout from the New Year’s Eve RAW & the New York City/ROH shows! More MNM goodness coming your way in 2008 boys & girls — Enjoy!
*The Mayhem returns to its regularly-scheduled time slot this Monday night (@ 8PM ET/7PM CT), January 7th. In addition to all of the fallout from tonight’s TNA Final Resolution PPV, the debut of The Monster Factory’s Ed Atlas’ bi-monthly “shoot” on the program, “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” will be joined by former WWE superstar, David “Gangrel” Heath for the first time to the program. David will join Mosh & Blade to talk about his career in the WWE (including his recent return to the RAW 15th Anniversary Show, his run with The Hardy Boyz as The New Brood, & much more) & what lies ahead for him in his new career he has decided to embark on. Plenty of items up for discussion with one of the most unique characters in professional wrestling history. We will be opening up The Mayhem Line (presented by The Monster Factory: 716.989.6630), for your calls/questions for Gangrel. Also, feel free to e-mail comments for “The Vampire Warrior” himself to [email protected], post them on The Mayhem MySpace (located at www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem), or the MNM Uberfun Message Board (located at www.MondayNightMayhem.com).
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*Once again, it’s that time of the year to make your voice heard for “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio.” The Big Mosh & Blade strongly encourage all listeners to vote for Monday Night Mayhem in the upcoming 2008 Wrestling Radio Awards.
We are proud to announce that The Mayhem has been selected for seven nominations from the calendar year of 2007: including Media Interview Of The Year (Jim Ross, Gabe Sapolsky, & Dave Coulier) and Female Interview Of The Year (Dixie Carter & Diana Hart Smith), as well as The Mayhem for 2007 Show Of The Year & “People’s Choice” Award.
You can vote once per day (per computer). The voting will end at midnight ET on Saturday, January 19th. The winners will be announced on the WRA 2008 Awards Show — which will take place Sunday night, January 20th in Las Vegas, NV.
Monday Night Mayhem was voted on by you, the fans, the past two consecutive years for several prestigious WRA awards: 2007 Media Interview Of The Year (Eric Bischoff w/special guest co-host, Scott Hudson) & 2006 Female Interview Of The Year (Jackie Gayda).
“Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” also wishes the best of luck to all of the other nominees. As we close in our sixth anniversary, Monday Night Mayhem wishes to thank our loyal fans around the world who have helped us get to where we are at now and for your continued dedication, loyalty, & support.
*All new & old Mayhem listeners can still check out the archived programs/shows of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” from 2007 (including Chris Jericho, former WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, Danny Doring, (in their first post-WWE interviews), “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, WWE Hall Of Famer/former WWE Champion The Iron Sheik, Howard Stern’s very own Gary The Retard, VH-1 “Best Week Ever’s” Greg Fitzsimmons, Vader, Konnan, The Four Horsemen‘s Tully Blanchard & J.J. Dillon, “The Doctor Of Style” Slick, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, a World Class Championship Wrestling roundtable w/Bill Mercer & Gart Hart, “Showtime” Eric Young, Senshi, the legendary voice of the Mid-Atlantic territory, Bob Caudle, the official Monday Night Mayhem WrestleMania 23 Countdown Special from Detroit’s Hilton Garden Inn, the official Monday Night Mayhem Dream Reunion II On-Location Special from Kokomo, IN — featuring: former WWE Diva search contestant Jessica Hatch, Al Snow, Marty Jannetty, Chavo “Classic” Guerrero Sr., “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Rosey, The Midnight Express (“Loverboy” Dennis Condrey & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton), “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, & The Orient Express’ Pat Tanaka, & our “Best Of 2007” show (featuring the top three interviews of 2k7 heard on The Mayhem)…all now available on www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com.
As we close in our sixth anniversary, Monday Night Mayhem wishes to thank our loyal fans around the world who have helped us get to where we are at now and for your continued dedication, loyalty, & support.
From The Big Mosh & Blade, have a safe, blessed, & healthy new year in 2008.