Magnum T.A. recently spoke with CBS to promote Saturday’s Crockett Cup event. Thanks to Chuck Carroll for sending us the following highlights:
I got an update on his health in which he disclosed that it’s difficult for him to fly to events because the Segway scooter he uses to get around has a lithium battery and you can’t take that on a plane. So, he’s forced to drive to all of his appearances.
I also got his thoughts on the revamped NWA under Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana. He’s a fan of what they’re doing as well as of Nick Aldis. We also talked about Ring of Honor, his godson Cody Rhodes and whether AEW can be a true competitor to WWE.
He also told me that he thinks Seth Rollins would have fit in very well in the original incarnation of Crockett Promotions and the NWA. In the full article he also talks about the other modern wrestler he wish he could have worked with and why he’s not surprised the Rock n Roll Express are still working.
How often are you doing appearances?
For some reason, over these last couple years the activity level has gone up, or the demand or the ask I have for doing these things has gone up pretty linear. I don’t know if that’s partially because of WWE Network and them showing all these old things from the ’80s and what not to a new generation, that it stirs all this up or what. But I’ve made more appearances in the last year than I probably have in the last five years.
You’re participating in The Crockett Cup this weekend in North Carolina. That has to be a nostalgia trip to see it being resurrected.
I remember when I first heard that they were trying to revive all of this. I was very skeptical, because I thought somebody’s going to try to do it in such a way that there’s just no way they’re going to be able to duplicate it. But I think they actually have a healthy approach to what they’re doing, and they’re not trying to relive or revamp what was so strong and powerful 30 years ago. They’re taking a different approach with it and still featuring the World’s Heavyweight Championship, which was so prestigious back in the day. They’re honoring the tradition. They’re not doing anything to lessen what once was, and I don’t think they have any aspirations of trying to compete on a world level with the WWE. But there’s certainly a place for it in the history of the business of wrestling. The NWA should be out there.
The Crockett Cup is being co-promoted with Ring of Honor. How familiar are you with them?
I picked up on their shows when I’ve come across it in their broadcasting, and everything I’ve seen, they have consistently evolved the indie promotions that I’ve seen. Had the best representation of the type of product that we were proud of back in the day. Their matches always seemed to be a depiction of a highly competitive contest, which is the style that I like, as opposed to some of the indie things that are just so outlandish and over the top and extreme and frankly ridiculous, kind of insult your intelligence a little bit.
What modern wrestler do you think would mesh well in the old Crockett days? The golden days as it were of that promotion.
My favorite all around guy that’s out there in the product today is Seth Rollins. He can talk for two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes, whatever it needs and be in character and tell a story and has amazing athleticism and the ability to go out there and go for 10 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour. I think he would have been incredible back in the day. I would have loved to have been able to work with him.