As noted, TNA star Ethan Carter III appeared at Saturday’s EVOLVE 61 iPPV in Queens, New York. EC3 did a run-in during the main event match between Drew Galloway and Johnny Gargano. EC3 attacked Gargano, which caused the DQ finish. After the match, EC3 cut a promo about his time in NXT and knocked former WWE Performance Center head coach Bill Demott.
EC3 recently appeared on Busted Open Radio to talk about the angle. Here are the highlights.
On his promo at the event: “I guess it is sacrilegious, in a way, to take a shot at the King of Kings so – as I‘ve said before on television, altar boy for 8 years – I’d just like to extend my apologies if I offended anybody and the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I took, I guess, other shots. People are assuming who I’m taking shots at. I mean, they don’t know. I mentioned the name Bill – I obviously meant Bill Carr, part of Team Tremendous and Evolve star as well. What’s cool about what’s going on is that nobody really knows what’s happening, and there’s analyzation, and there’s speculation and there’s buzz and those three things equal box office. So, from a wrestling fan’s perspective, instead of trying to over-analyze it, sit back. Enjoy the ride. Let a professional like myself tell you a story.”
On if he took a shot at NXT: “There’s another perception of what I said, that I took a ‘shot’ at NXT. I believe what I said NXT was, was a great show with great wrestling and interesting characters and developed storylines. So is that a shot? Or is that an endorsement from a great wrestling mind like myself saying something is great? I agree, it’s a great show. Maybe I took a shot at the way it used to be, but you know what? Nobody else on that show ever had to live through the dark days – the evil, sinister, horrid atmosphere it once was – to enjoy the fantastic product it has become. Think about that. I’m sort of a martyr in a situation like that.”
On his role in Evolve: “If Evolve talent want to pick my brain in the future, I’m not there to be a sole enemy of what they are and what they strive to be. I’m just going to be there to be a reminder of the independence you need to persevere in this business, the independence you need to survive, the way you don’t need to coddle to a machine. Find yourselves, man. And yeah, sure, I’ll give promo seminars if they want to pay me money for them. That’s cool.”