Source: Sports Illustrated
Former ROH superstar Moose, who made his TNA debut during Destination X recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard about WWE showing interest in him, and about leaving Ring of Honor. It was originally speculated that Moose was heading to WWE after leaving Ring of Honor, but the former NFL star decided to sign with TNA instead.
Regarding his TNA deal:
“When I decided to go with TNA, it just happened that the taping was on Tuesday and I signed that day.”
“I didn’t know how I was going to be taken by the crowd. I was nervous just because of that–it was a brand new company and you never know how they’re going to take you, but it didn’t long at all for the ‘Moose’ chant to start. I saw everyone doing the fist pump and doing the chant and I said to myself, ‘I guess I’m home.'”
Regarding WWE showing interest in him:
“I was grateful that WWE had interest in me. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Thoughts on leaving Ring of Honor:
“It was very difficult to leave Ring of Honor. Everybody that knows me personally knows I had a hard time with the decision. One of the reasons I wanted to stay with Ring of Honor was because I’m so close with the guys on that roster, and saying goodbye wasn’t easy. Leaving was a really hard decision to make, but I have experience with that. In seven years in the NFL, I played on four different teams, so I’m used to packing up and going to a new team.”
About facing Bobby Lashley in the future:
“Bobby Lashley can expect a Game Breaker in his future. He’s just warming up that title for me to take it.”
“I’m not a good guy, I’m not a bad guy, I’m Moose. The paradigm in wrestling has shifted so much. People are saying that me debuting with Mike Bennett makes me a heel. I’m just going to be myself. If people want to chant my name, that’s great. I’m an ass kicker, so it’s up to the fans on how they want to take me.”
A lot more was discussed during the interview, including Moose talking about Jay Lethal helping him in Ring of Honor, TNA turning wrestlers into stars, and getting the opportunity to learn from Tanahashi and Okada. You can read the full interview by clicking here.