7/14/2003 3:15:00 PM
This past week NWA TNA
Superstar BG James joined the No Holds Barred radio show to talk about a bunch
of different wrestling related issues. NHB aims to bring you the biggest names
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on to the highlights from our interview with BG James.
BG opened up by joking about the sitcom like segments with Konnan and Ron
Killings backstage. He talked about having fun at Don West's expense and said he
will never wear Don's shirt again. He said as much fun as it was having fun
impersonating Don, he said that he really enjoys his broadcasting and feels his
passion and enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air for the wrestling business.
He said the reason for the name change from the Road Dogg to BG James was based
on a WWE copyright issue. He said while that may have been the case, he did feel
it was time to change things up and the WWE couldn't copyright his talent and he
is glad to have a chance to showcase his abilities on NWA TNA programming.
He was surprised the company has had the success it's had after just 1 year
especially considering the troubles the company ran into during year #1. He
feels the company is on the right track and they have what it takes to provide
the WWE with some competition. He thinks Vince McMahon screwed himself when he
cornered the wrestling market by purchasing WCW. He says the current WWE product
sucks and he tries to watch it because he is a lifelong wrestling fan with the
business in his blood but he feels the entertainment portion of the product is
gone and while he doesn't know who's fault it is for the TV programming being so
bad, he feels somebody needs to be fired for it.
He says he hasn't seen many differences in Jeff Jarrett since he started running
NWA TNA. He says Jeff has always been a businessman and has been very good at
seperating business and personal relationships. He is very proud of what Jeff
has been able to accomplish with running the company and feels things will only
get better in the future.
BG said the reason for him leaving NWA TNA a few months ago was due to money
issues with NWA TNA not personal problems as had been documented. He said he and
his family were making the trip each week to the shows and when it came time to
talk about increasing their pay NWA TNA weren't willing to increase their
payroll. He said at the time he felt like the company were doing him wrong so he
left and it wasn't until he and Jeff had a conversation where they both talked
as friends and they agreed it was in each other's best interests to work
together again. He said he and Jeff have always been able to maintain a healthy
relationship both personally and professionally and he felt things would work
themselves out eventually.
When talking about his favorite memories in the WWE, he said he really was
ecstatic the night when he and Billy defeated the Road Warriors but the most
memorable was the dumpster match against Cactus Jack and Terry Funk. He said it
was a privilege to work with both Mick Foley and Terry Funk but it also didn't
hurt to receive the largest paycheck he's ever gotten during his time in the
business for taking part in that match.
He thinks the key to having success on the microphone for wrestlers is to be
comfortable. He said you have to know what the audience wants and how to present
it to them but not everybody has the ability to entertain with their mic skills.
He mentioned that guys like Jimmy Hart were created to make those individuals
who couldn't talk stand out but in his case he's fortunate to be able to have a
gift to run his mouth.
BG talked about his personal demons and the obstacles he's overcome during his
career. He said the hard times made him a much better person and he really
appreciates things the second time around. He thought back then that he was
doing the right thing by being a family man working 300 nights a year to provide
for his wife and kids but by doing so it led to him missing out on a lot of
things. He said everyone dreams of being famous and having a lot of money and
while he was able to live that lifestyle and have fun being a part of it for a
while, he is much happier in his current state. He says that he and his wife
were able to patch things up and get back together and they have since had a
baby girl and with TNA's current structure he's able to balance both his family
time and his wrestling schedule a lot better.
He ended the interview by promising his fans that he won't wear Don West's shirt
again and he'll keep the sitcoms coming as he feels they allow him to show who
he really is. He added that he thinks they do a better job of showcasing his
talents then a quick 5 minute match does and he closed out by saying it was time
to go kiss his babygirl goodnight and he really appreciated us having him on the
To hear the interview with BG James log on to www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com.
The audio should be available shortly. The No Holds Barred radio show is hosted
by Jason Barrett and George "The Animal" Farmer and airs every Sunday
night on 101.5 WPDH in parts of NY, NJ, CT and PA. Also, NHB rewarded 1 lucky
listener (Anthony Esposito of New Windsor, NY) with a personal meet and greet
and 4 tickets and to the upcoming Ring of Honor show this Saturday July 19th in
Elizabeth, NJ. NHB will be on hand for the event and we look forward to seeing
many of you at the show. On next week's show we'll have details on how you can
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available shortly on our website.