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Daniels Talks About Impact Wrestling Returning to Orlando and CM Punk’s Spot In WWE

– TNA star Christopher Daniels recently joined Inside The Ropes for an interview. Here are some highlights:

On CM Punk in ROH and did he see him ending up in the spot he has today with WWE:

“I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it’s just a matter of getting that opportunity. It’s funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they’ve got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It’s almost like they’re trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they’re doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system.”

Going back to Orlando with Impact Wrestling:

“I think it was good. We just got back from doing our first tapings there in I think 8 months and they were very well received. The fans welcomed us back with open arms. We had a little different set up than we did before so there’s definitely a little freshness to it there that we didn’t have last year and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next set of tapings go in December and you know, once we settle back down to an actual soundstage that’s gonna become ours and see how it goes. I think it’s the best thing for our company. You know, we did the thing when we went around taping the shows at different venues around the United States and that worked well for us but there were also negatives, cost wise it wasn’t really effective for us so I feel like going back and doing what’s best and going back to a central location, and hopefully having the opportunity to go out on occasion whether it’s for TV or PPVs to go to other cities, I think that’s gonna be better for us overall. A little bit of the best of both worlds. I think it benefits us in the long run.”

  • CC

    Apart from the fact that the likes of Edwards and Richards are one of the current most talked about topics at the moment, I’d say that there will always be indy guys coming in or being scouted. Like always, you will have indy guys and WWE made guys coming through at the same time. The performance centre makes no difference. They will still have to go through development in NXT anyway.

  • J-J

    Probably comes from reports that HHH has said that he doesn’t want anymore “indy guys” as they want to build their own guys from the ground up. There’ll always be one or two indy guys coming through but I’d suggest that this point in time right now will probably be the last time we see a bunch of indy guys coming through the ranks…

  • CC

    Not quite sure Daniels gets the performance centre thing. He says its rare that WWE takes guys from the indies anymore, but considering the amount they have signed in recent times, thats obviously not a rarity. Granted some never make it further than NXT or only get a mid card run in WWE itself, but that doesnt mean WWE did not sign them.
    Punk, Bryan & Cesaro are all examples used by Daniels, but you also have to consider that the likes of Barrett, Sheamus, Gabriel, Rollins and Ambrose who all came from the indies as well.
    Then you have Paige & Sami Zayn (spelling?) in NXT, or the recently released Chris Hero, who came from the indies, to see its not a rarity.

    Yeah for every Punk we have a Langston or Reigns.