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Tyrus on transitioning from WWE to TNA, working for other promotions and more

Former WWE and now TNA star Tyrus appeared on the The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast recently to talk about who else he’s working for when he’s not wrestling for TNA as well as his transition from WWE to TNA. Here are the highlights.

When you’re not wrestling in TNA, who else are you working for?

There are so many Independent promotions that are growing. The International scene is growing. TNA is kicking again, Global (GFW) is coming up, Lucha, Big Time Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Syndicate it seems like the territories are kind of coming back again.  I was in Oklahoma and we were wrestling infront of 2500 people. People have a choice and it is different. Maybe 5 years ago there wasn’t many choices but now things are kind of changing and its exciting to be a wrestling fan. I’m having the time of my life. I love what I am doing. I am my own boss, I am traveling all over this continent and I am busy as hell doing what I want to do. To me, Indy kind of represents not the machine. The majority of the wrestling world is aware that there is something else out there an there are stars out there. My popularity continues to grow outside of WWE and I really don’t look back.”

How big was the transition from leaving WWE and joining TNA?

I was focused on reestablishing my work. Especially during the end of my time in the WWE and I feel like I wasn’t able to do that. For me it was important to get back to what I think is important and that is building your work. I spent so much time under Double A and Dean Malenko. I’ve never wanted to be labeled as a “big guy”. I feel like the term big guy is a crutch and gives you an excuse to be lazy in the ring. I don’t work like that. Since being in TNA I don’t do that. There is nothing worse then seeing a guy getting hit in the face with a dropkick and not taking a bump. TNA is allowing me to work like that. I like the slow build. I am reestablishing myself and building a new persona. I’m not piggy-backing off my time in the WWE, although I really enjoyed my time in the WWE. I like the ability to build something new.”

Tyrus also discusses his departure from WWE, his goals for TNA, working for Dixie Carter, EC3, the transition from NXT to the main roster and back to NXT, his transformation to the dancing Brodus Clay, politics, being a fan and learning from Alberto Del Rio.

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