Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus recently spoke with Rolling Stone about how he feels departing from TNA at such a crucial time for the company.
You’re not going to find me saying anything but positives about my time in TNA. They have given me everything up to this point. I’ve earned it, and sometimes I’ve made my mark in spite of their decisions, but they gave me the platform and the income, and I made something of myself with them. That being said, I have to tell the truth. When I gave my notice, and had a conversation with John Gaburick – “Big,” as people like to call him – by the time we got off the phone I felt like a 100-pound weight had been lifted off my back. There was always something. Every week there was a new rumor. I do sometimes think some of it was unfair to TNA. It became en vogue to just rip on TNA. If some of those things that had been reported about TNA had been reported about, say, Ring of Honor, everyone would have just talked about how much it sucks for them. But because it was TNA, it turned into how terrible they were and how they were run by about a bunch of idiots
I hope that everything works out for them. I don’t know what the hell is going on with Global and everything, but I had to trust my gut. I’ve been in the business for 10 years. I’m a student of the game. I love the business. I feel like I’ve been involved in every facet of the business. I sat with the camera guys, and back in the truck, sitting on the headsets, just to get a feel for the whole business. I’ve really run the gauntlet of the business. My gut told me that the thing that had been missing was what Jeff had in the company – the experience as a real wrestling guy. He knows the business, and loves the business and knows talent. And I think that, for me, is the number-one thing. Jeff has a much better idea of talent and who to trust in important positions, and that might be the issue that I have with TNA right now. But I hope they haven’t reached critical mass and everything can work out.
You can read the entire interview here.