Below are some highlights from the interview:
On the status of Impact Wrestling:
“I think it is on the up-swing. Here’s why it is on the up-swing. If you look at right before we got on Spike TV, in 2004, we were FOX Sports Net. Then, in 2005, our contract expired with Fox Sports Net and we were finding a new network, shopping the show, seeing where we were going to go. During that time, our show (Impact) was kind of like, on the Internet until we got our Spike TV deal. The guy writing the show, at that time, was Scott D’Amore and I felt like it was some of the best wrestling writing we ever had on the show. Once we got onto Spike TV, new writers came in and then you had the Vince Russo’s, whoever’s and wantnot’s. It kind of got saturated and everyone’s different ideas… Whatever! Now it’s back and one of the head writers, one of the guys on the crative team, is Scott D’Amore! He writes what the fans want to see. He doesn’t try to make it super-intricate in detail and hard to follow. Very basic. But, it is the very basic emotions all the wrestling fans feed off of. Scott D’Amore gives that to them. I think that’s good wrestling television. That’s why I think it is on the up-swing. That was part of me coming back too! He told me all the guys on the creative team and these were guys I thought wrote good TV in 2004 and 2005 when we were on our first up-swing.”
On why he retired suddenly in 2014:
“I did everything I wanted to do in wrestling. I kind of escaped the wrestling business without any long term super life threatening injuries. I said, “I’m still young, I can still do whatever I want to do.” I only had one kid at the time. I retired pretty much 1 month before my 2nd daughter was born. I said, “I’m good. I made my mark on wrestling.”
On wrestling in Canada at the upcoming Bound for Glory PPV:
“I’ve only wrestled for Impact twice above the border. It is going to be great to be home! I remember doing a house show in London and the crowd was great. Then, the next night there was a pay-per-view just outside of Toronto and the fans were great. There was like 4 or 5 thousand. As soon as my music hit, the place went nuts! I’m looking at signs that say “If Petey Loses, We Riot” and “Petey for Prime Minister.” I was like, wow! Because… I’ve always played a bad guy because I was Canadian. Then, to be out there in front of my people, I was like, “This is everything I ever wanted when I became a professional wrestler!” It is going to be great to go back up there. It is going to be a great change of pace, I would say!”
Williams also discusses the Canadian Destroyer, his future plans and more.
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