I’m very excited for the move. Pop TV has already shown that they’re going to be a great partner. They’re very excited to have us. Their slogan is they’re fans too. I think that’s very good and resembles the product that we bring, because we’re fans of what we do too. So I think combining those two companies – that network and this product – I think will be a great matrimony of fun, pleasure and wonderful entertainment.
Are you looking forward to the live special when the show debuts?
Yeah, absolutely. I love doing TV and I love doing it live because you can’t make a mistake. Everything has to be perfect, everything has to be pristine. It adds a little bit of pressure to what you’re doing, but the pressure is good and makes you better. January 5th live on Pop TV, our first episode is going to be blockbuster, it’s going to be gangbusters, and I’m very much looking forward to opening the show as the two-time unbeaten World Heavyweight Champion – the first time in wrestling history, so pretty cool.
Regarding the World Title Series, is TNA trying new and different concepts? Maybe get away from the norm and be experimental?
Yeah, the World Title Series, the people vying for the top championship in the promotion is usually a handful of guys, three or four maybe. Right now 32 people had an opportunity to show their worth and get a chance to become the World Heavyweight Champion. It’s an interesting concept. If you’re into everybody having an opportunity and a fair shot, it’s very cool. Me personally, I’m only into me having a fair shot, but I’m not the one that makes the decisions. Great for everybody else but me.
Do you like the idea that TNA is willing to try new things?
I love the idea. I think going into 2016, it’s very hard to be innovative in entertainment. I think trying new things, thinking outside the box, not resting on the laurels of the past is a great thing. What’s cool about it is we have the opportunity to try new things. We can try it and see how it works. I think it’s been a far greater success than anybody anticipated.
What do you think 2016 is going to bring to you?
I would mark 2015 as the best year of my life. I beat a couple of legends, I became World Heavyweight Champion, I've ascended to the top of the wrestling industry, I've got two cats, so really good year for me. But again you can’t rest on what you’ve done in the past, and 2016 is a whole new year. There’s more pressure on me. People will be chasing after me; I welcome that challenge and I'm looking forward to it. As far as my personal goals, I mean, winning the World Title Series, capping off the year being a two-time unbeaten champion, opening the show January 5th live on Pop TV as the World Heavyweight Champion and then holding it for the entire calendar year – that’s my goals.
What’s been the biggest challenge that you've faced when you’re trying to deliver that new and creative thing?
You know, I don’t think that biggest challenge has come yet. Evolution is very important. From the day that I walked in until today, I guess the evolution that came out was being more aggressive and confident in the abilities to win, but I think my biggest challenge has yet to come, as far as evolving who EC3 is. I think 2016 will be the year that we see it.
Do you have a favorite person that you’ve worked with or is there anybody you want to work with?
I have a favorite and I have a least favorite. My favorite would be Kurt Angle because he’s the greatest wrestler to ever live. I was able to learn a lot by overcoming the odds and defeating him, so he would be the greatest. And probably my least favorite would be Matt Hardy because all of this misery is because of him. He’s conniving, he’s evil, I dislike him very much, and I look forward to being the one to knock him out of the World Title Series and out of wrestling in general.