Former WWE Superstar Antonio “The Promise” Thomas recently took some time to take part in a Q&A exclusively with PWMania.com. Thomas spoke on a number of topics from his time in WWE and still wanting to accomplish more with the company, wanting to wrestle Shawn Michaels, his indy career and more. Below is PWMania’s exclusive interview:
First of all thank you for taking the time to sit down with PWMania.com. Tell us a little bit about your stint in WWE, how was that?
Being in WWE was a dream come true-you are with the best and on the biggest stage and, of course, the money isn’t bad either… I wish my time there was more than 2 years, but it gave me a chance to live my lifelong goal.
Since leaving WWE you have been working in several independent companies, how is that?
Since WWE, I have had the opportunity to travel the world and work for all the top independent companies-try new styles and personas, work different countries and meet the fans up close.
You’re the current NECW Champion. What can you tell us about NECW as a company?
It is a promotion I have worked for since I started. I am proud to be their champion and it means a lot to me. Next Saturday, I will be at NECW in Derry, New Hampshire. Go to necw.tv and check out necw tv on youtube to watch some great wrestling!
Other than NECW, what independent companies would you recommend for our readers to watch?
There are many! Wrestling Cares, which I work for offers something completely different with most pins in 10 minutes-every match is different! All the Wrestling Is promotions offer something different and IWC in Pittsburgh and Pro Wrestling Syndicate in New Jersey, both whom I’ll be working for in October, give the fans a great combination of name stars, top independent talent, and legends and hall of famers.
How does being in WWE compare to the independent companies as far as backstage attitude, moral, and just general treatment?
Every locker room is different, but being in WWE, you’re travelling and sharing a locker room with the same people always, like a sports team, so you get to know your peers and bond with them much faster.
Are you still in contact with anyone in WWE and is a return to WWE ever something you would consider if given the chance?
Yes, I am still in contact with people there. If it were right for the company and for me, I would definitely consider a return. I never wanted to leave and wanted to, and still want to, accomplish many things there.
You have had some matches in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Wrestling is very different in Japan, how was your experience there?
I worked for All-Japan from 2008-2010. It was the greatest combined life/wrestling experience I have ever had. There is so much honor and respect in Japan and I love the competitive, serious, manner in which the matches are performed-I love Japan!
How did you get into the wrestling business in the first place? Is it something you always wanted to do?
Wrestling was something I always dreamed of since I was 8 years old and I started to follow that dream by walking into Killer Kowalski’s school after graduating college.
Was there any moment in wrestling that just really stuck with you and realized at that moment you had to be in the business?
One moment didn’t stick out, it was just every time I watched it as a kid and teen, I immersed myself in it and became so invested that I knew I wanted to be more than a fan.
Clearly the industry has changed over the last ten plus years since you debuted, what are your thoughts of the direction of the business? Would you do different if you were booking?
The business has changed a lot, and it will continue to change. The changes aren’t good or bad, its just different and you adapt. This business is always changing so you must change and evolve with it or you’ll get left behind.
Is there any one wrestler, retired or active, that you would like to have a match with if given the opportunity?
The one wrestler I would want to work with, hands down, would be Shawn Michaels.
Assuming you could have any manager in the business who would you choose?
If I could have one manager, It would be Paul Heyman or a New England talent named Marshall McNeill…look him up, he is the second coming of Bobby Heenan.
Everyone here at PWMania.com wishes you the best of the luck next Saturday in your match. Thanks again for taking the time to sit down with PWMania.com. Do you have any final messages to say to your fans?
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, it was my pleasure. If anyone wants to say hi or buy some merchandise, t-shirts, 8x10s hit me up on twitter @promisethomas!
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