Turns out that Twitter is a great way to connect and network in the wrestling business. Who would’ve thought?
A week ago, I saw a promo from a wrestler and manager that I’ve been a huge fan of since I was eight years old when I would watch WCW with my brothers.
Konnan the controversial, fiery, always on point and never a follower of trends leader of the revamped LAX in GFW Impact Wrestling, retweeted a tweet that I made. I was showing my gratitude for what he is contributing to the lost art of managing in this business.
Later on, I received a message from Konnan himself, asking if I listened to his podcast ‘Keepin it 100 with Konnan.’ I typed a fanatic ‘Hell Yeah’ and this conversation led to this awesome interview that I hope you all enjoy!
You have been known in the past to be quite candid about your feelings of TNA. What went into you making the decision to return to the company?
Konnan: I didn’t like how they diluted LAX, some of the people they put in the group when I left or how they changed the music I had recorded and helped produce. So they offered me to come in and be a manager and mouth piece for a wrestler I didn’t think needed it, so I said I will come back if I can reform LAX.
What factors went into you picking the new members of the revamped LAX?
Konnan: Chemistry, humbleness, how they treat others; not just wrestlers but a waitress in a restaurant. Passion, they had to be Latino and people nobody had seen before with the exception of Homicide.
How do you feel about Low Ki leaving the company after he just became the newest member of LAX?
Konnan: Terrible, he is a unique character, he is money. I can’t believe they didn’t make a better effort to retain him.
How do you feel about the lost art of managing? Do you feel that it’s making a comeback with great talkers like yourself?
Konnan: I don’t know, I think Paul Heyman is the best, I know Cornette can talk but it would be great to have more managers for some who need it.
With all the racial tensions in the country at the moment, do you think that it is a something that helps a heel faction like LAX legitimize your frustrations of how you are treated?
Konnan: 100%, only a minority knows what we have to go through. When caucasians say we’ll get over it or we are tired of hearing it, that’s not good. You should listen and help make changes, but yeah I get some of my frustrations out with the inequality in this country through my promos.
How do you feel about Jim Cornette coming back to Impact? Will we see more epic encounters between you two?
Konnan: He’s great. I’m sure they will write some confrontations between us and that’s good because we feed off of each other very well.
Your podcast ‘Keepin’ it 100 with Konnan’ is quite popular among wrestling fans. What encouraged you to do your own podcast?
Konnan: Chris Jericho heard me on MLW and asked me to come to his new network. We have been friends for over 20 years, but if u ever heard me on MLW I was raw dog, very profanity laced and very anti PC.
The dynamic of you, Disco Inferno and Kevin McGill is an oddly compatible mixture, did you handpick your co- host or did it just happen over time?
Konnan: Yeah, me and Disco have been friends also over 20 years and we have good chemistry and I wanted a super fan like KG to give a fans perspective. I love to rile him up because he takes himself so seriously and is oblivious to what a snowflake he is.
During the three hours of your show, their are many topics covered. Is there anything of limits?
Lastly, can you tell people the drop date of every weekly episode of ‘Keepin it 100 with Konnan’ and how they can support through Pateron?
Konnan: Every Thursday morning on Podcastone.com and my Patreon site which has backstage interviews from GFW and my promotion in Mexico, The Crash, we have stuff that didn’t make the podcast, check that out at konnan.me. Also, check me out on POP TV every Thursday with GFW.
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