Bully Ray Talks IMPACT Wrestling
Chris Van Vliet recently spoke with Bully Ray. The former WWE Hall of Famer and Ring of Honor star discussed one of his old stomping grounds: IMPACT Wrestling. He discussed how the company has changed since it was TNA and why he wants to face Tessa Blanchard.
His thoughts on the current IMPACT regime compared to the previous one.
I’ve been ultra-critical of TNA because I spent 10 years there, and I saw how great the company was. I know how great the company could be. Current management, current ownership is doing a good job. They have definitely taken steps in the right direction, as opposed to who was there before them which I did not agree with and I didn’t think was good for the brand at all. That’s just my opinion. I think the new regime is definitely taking steps forward.
I watch the TNA pay-per-views. I try to stay as up-to speed on the product as I can. I think that obviously Tessa’s doing a great job and Sami’s doing a great job. There are a lot of people. I’m a big Su Yung fan. I don’t think anybody has immersed themselves into a character as much as she has since The Undertaker immersed himself into a character. And I’ve loved the stuff they’ve done with her.
Bully Ray also spoke about possibly challenging Moose for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship:
Bubba vs Moose doesn’t interest me. Bubba vs Tessa? That’s interesting. It’s a match that I would consider but when you say Bubba vs Moose? Okay. Two big guys. Bunch of clotheslines. Bunch of shoulder tackles. Meh. Bubba vs Tessa? Now my ears just perked up. Now you got me listening, because Tessa is a really, really great women’s wrestler, right? I think if I were to jump the guardrails and stick her with a powerbomb into the concrete, that would be interesting.
Bully Ray also talked about what moves Tessa Blanchard could pull off believably in a match against him:
She could probably pull off any move on me that that I allowed her to pull off. If I was compromised on the ropes. could she possibly (suplex me)? Maybe, because we have enough rotational room. But is Tessa Blanchard gonna lift 325 pound Bubba off his feet into a standing vertical? Absolutely not. If Bubba missed two sentons and Tessa went to the top rope and gave me a missile dropkick, would I bump for her? Absolutely. Because it made sense within the storytelling and the realm of the match. It’s not just a real big guy bumping for a much smaller girl for no good reason. Then it becomes gratuitous and then we’re just taking the art and throwing it out the door. Now it just becomes acrobatics for the sake of acrobatics.