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Ex-TNA Announcer On Jarrett’s Project, Piper Talks Wrestlemania, Hacksaw On Rumble Concept

Todd Keneley Discusses Jeff Jarrett’s New Project

Former TNA announcer Todd Keneley discussed Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion in an interview with The Shoot:

I think people are interested, and he has kept pretty closely guarded. I think it’s good that Jeff has expressed that he is looking at the fans perspective and what they want to see. He’s got his clues here and there, but then he’s been out there traveling, going around the country scouting talent. I think it’s cool that step by step we’re learning a little more. I’d be very anxious to see what he has to say the day after WrestleMania.

If you look at Jeff’s history, he found a way when he launched TNA in terms of doing the weekly PPVs. With WWE doing the network the business has really changed. There might be some more availability in the PPV market if you do it correctly. I think in a fans perspective and just about anyone’s perspective whether it’s necessary or not, TV obviously seems to be a very important part of the ball game. Just for perception i think it would certainly help. If it is CMT I think wrestling would be right at home there especially if Toby Keith is involved. Jeff has found ways to work around having a traditional TV distribution deal in the past. With this I think he’s biding his time, I don’t think he’s rushing anything here. I think he’s going to have all of his ducks in a row before he launches. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had TV all tied up.

Keneley also said he’s cautiously optimistic about Daniel Bryan winning the title at Wrestlemania:

I’m cautiously optimistic. We will see. You can look at this one or two ways. You can look at it as WWE are geniuses and they took the fans for a ride and they knew what the end game was gonna be all along and they’ve got the fans even that more passionate to get there. Or it could be that the fans are really that passionate and really that powerful that they can change the WrestleMania main event. It might be a little of both but I think it’s the latter. I think the reaction at the Royal Rumble had to surprise the WWE. People had one man they wanted to see in that Royal Rumble match and they didn’t get it. As a result, the fans voiced their opinion and now here we are. I think it’s a more intriguing set up to WrestleMania because of it, because the fans now feel empowered. The fans believe they played a big part in this. I think that’s pretty awesome and that’s the magic of professional wrestling. I don’t see how you can rob Daniel Bryan of that moment at WrestleMania, I think WrestleMania has got to end with thousands upon thousands of people chanting yes and Bryan holding up the title. How do you waste that opportunity? I just don’t see it happening.

Roddy Piper Still Not Confirmed For Wrestlemania

Despite rumors earlier this year that he’d be doing a Piper’s Pit at Wrestlemania, Roddy Piper is still not confirmed for the mega event. He told the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show:

I wrote a quick note to the WWE saying if you don’t give the fans, what they deserve, the two guys that started it, just let them walk out, you know as more to thank them. I’m not there to have people cheer for me, I’ve had my share of that and I’m very grateful. But to have Hogan in the ring and not hit the bagpipes, the fans would never forget it. Not to give them that, to give them that to remember for the rest of their lives as would we, being Hogan and myself, who I’ve not talked to, I think would be a mistake. This is 30 years, we started with a thing called War to Settle The Score. The promoter put his house and everything up on a tag team match called WrestleMania, no number. I was definitely the dark horse in the race. 30 years later I think that we should say hello, but I don’t think the WWE’s with me, I don’t know what they wanna do. But it’ll tell me, if I don’t come out it’ll probably be the last time.

Jim Duggan Interview Highlights

Hacksaw Jim Duggan recently spoke with The Labradorian about the first Royal Rumble, which he won:

It was a pretty unique idea. Of course, Vince McMahon is a groundbreaking guy. He comes up with a lot of ideas, some work, some don’t, like the XFL.

It something I can still hang my hat on. I was never world champ, I was never tag team champ, I was never intercontinental champ. But people remember that Royal Rumble winner thing.

Duggan also discussed turning heel in WCW:

What they were trying to do was make me quit. They brought me back up and said ‘we’re going to turn you against America. I’m thinking ‘Iraq, Iran, where are they going to go with this?’ They said, ‘well, we’re putting you with Team Canada.’ And I said, ‘well, there’s not a lot of heat there really.


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