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Magnus Reacts To Fans Saying TNA Will Go Out Of Business, Social Media Negativity

Magnus appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio, hosted by Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca (Busted Open Radio airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sirius 94 and XM 208), where he discussed a number of TNA-related topics. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

On people expressing negativity towards TNA through social media platforms: “People think because that they watch a few DVD’s that document one part of history and how the business went and they are able to predict what’s going to happen in a completely new set of circumstance and I tend to ignore it and I don’t really give it much thought. These are basically the people that throw something out there with no filter because they are nobodies and I’m not trying to knock anyone. It’s easy to say when you have nothing to lose and to throw out an opinion in the hope that it actually happens and then you can say: ‘See, I was right. I told you.’ For some reason now we live in an age now where all wrestling fans think are obsessed with showing on how much knowledge they have and its either you’re just a fan or you’re in the business.

“Your knowledge is kind of irrelevant unless you are in the industry or unless you are making a living off of our sweat or talking about and I’m one of those people too, I have a column in a wrestling magazine that I get paid to do but the only difference is that I get paid to do it because people read that magazine because they want to hear something’s on the ground that makes for a nice change. I use Twitter as a promotional tool and somewhat as a barometer, it’s like an instant focus group and I think if you take it anymore serious, then you are probably wasting your own time and I tell my fellow peers the same thing especially the younger guys who don’t have as much experience for their age and are bothered and affected by this kind of stuff on Twitter and I said look: ‘This is what Twitter is. In terms to your significance, your life, your career and your psyche, don’t take it seriously then you should do, which is not very much at all.'”

On giving an inside look at TNA: “Honestly, I am not qualified to answer that. I’m not trying to dodge the question, I promise you. I’m not really qualified to speak on physical matters or anything like that as far as the company is concerned. I will say this that any wrestling fan who claims to be a wrestling fan should get off this bandwagon of: ‘Let’s all talk about the state of TNA’s business.’ Anyone would tell you that and I’m talking about people on Wall Street, people in any industry, particularly the entertainment industry where the reputation of image is very important, that sometimes all you need is the rumor even if there is no validity to it and then the rumor can actually become a possibility. It boggles my mind there are people out there that you read their bio or they will tell you: ‘I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling man. I love it’ but then they are the ones that say: ‘TNA is going to go out of business and yada, yada, yada.’

“Do you want that to happen? Do you want to have less wrestling on TV? Do you want all of these performers that you admire have to go find work somewhere else? I don’t understand that. That to me has always been a strange thing and the irony of it is that these are the people that claim to be the most dedicated wrestling fans and the one who are not paying for the Pay-Per-Views, they are illegally downloading them and they are busy knocking everything at every opportunity and becoming armchair writers or armchair quarterbacks as the saying goes. You are harming the business more then you are aiding it and I don’t understand why would do that if you claim to love it so much. It’s not me trying to say: ‘Oh please, stop expressing you opinion.’ But if you are being overwhelming negative all the time then you should focus it somewhere else and focus it on yourself.”

On focusing to be better: “Normally, it’s studying tapes. Sometimes things happen organically based on the right opponent and suddenly and I’ve borrowed more than a couple things from Japan and the trips that I had over there over the last year have been very beneficial in that respect and being so close to (Samoa)Joe and A.J. (Styles) and learning from guys like that and also, it’s funny because you do something once because it just happens to fit in that particular match and then sometimes the reaction is so strong or somebody that you trust like A.J. or Kurt or Joe, who really knows there stuff, will say: ‘Hey, that’s a keeper.’ Pretty much my entire move set as we like to call it, is stuff that I have done somewhere along the line and when I comeback either Kurt, Joe or A.J. have said: ‘That’s a keeper’ and no more has to be said about that. I’ll keep doing that and once you do that, you are good from there.

“Once you get your foundation, you can play around with variations and let it happen very organically and it’s up to me to make it happen. People didn’t see me from day one and say: ‘This is his future.’ It was based off of my work with Samoa Joe in 2012 and I stepped up and it’s funny because one you start getting labeled, that’s when you get a lot of pushback and it bears repeating, the only reason why the conversation is happening is because of what I’ve done. The pressure is fine, I can handle that but it’s up to me to make it happen and to take that step and make it mean something.”

  • what?

    Your alright just a harmless jab

  • what?

    This is the way I feel about it if tna would of been as great as nwa/wcw it would be win win for everybody this would force wwe to up their game I still have little hope tna will turn things around but its very doubtful

  • Scooter

    My main issue was, we got them from 2006-2008 when they actually were a great alternative.

    Hell even the later part of 2009 was great.

  • CC

    I dunno about that. Before Dixie was a known entity, back in the Jerry/Jeff days, the only real complaint that was levelled at the company as that Jeff was nearly always champion. Most wanted them to succeed, But I agree, as soon as Dixie became known, Jeff got pushed out, Jerry left and then Hogan and his cronies joined, people have been calling for their death.
    The first few years were probably not plagued by that as most people either hadnt heard of them or didnt see them as a big promotion. Now they are trying to be big, and thats what makes them the target of the RIP comments.

  • Scooter

    I’m not disputing that they’re most likely in a shit state but I think it’s hard to deny a lot of people wanted TNA to fail, even when they were doing something right there was the obligatory RIP TNA comment.

  • Johhny

    would not happen,maybe if vince was dead,just look at wcw,wcw was great i do not care what anyone says i watched wcw from day one,yet vince buys it and destroys so much history and memries

  • MrNeutron

    I don’t regularly watch TNA anymore, but I usually enjoy it when I do (I thought Bound For Glory was decent).

    If TNA can’t stand on it’s own, then I would like to see the WWE purchase TNA but continue to operate it as a separate business (at least give that option a chance).

  • JohnCena33

    I am honored that you think that highly of my so called “trolling.” But if TNA doesn’t change, they will go under, just like WCW (and WCW had a billionaire backing them, TNA doesn’t).

  • CC

    Magnus is just towing the company line. I know a few people in the business, some of whom have friends in TNA, and none of them say much complimentary about the way they run things or the future of the company.
    Its still a good platform for young talent, and international talent to get international televised exposure, but its certainly no bed of roses over there.
    i have said it before, I wanted TNA to succeed back in the early days, now I would rather it either pulled its socks up and up its game, or shut up shop and stop tarnishing what was once a great little promotion.

  • Greg

    JohnCena33 is just filling the void left by kamalas leg since we dont see him around too often these days

  • Scooter

    My honest opinion is TNA will eventually go down the tubes (I give it 3 years) but there’s an RIP TNA comment on every article about them and that’s annoying as shit.

  • JohnCena33

    I dont know what you mean?

  • JohnCena33

    Lol, that made me laugh for five minutes.

    They get paid in shoptna coupons, 😉

  • Matthew Farrell

    I wonder if Magnus is one of the guys who gets paid with food stamps. Or maybe Dixie pays him with Monopoly money 😀

  • JohnCena33

    Im not in your fav five?

  • what?

    Johncena33 isn’t by far one of my favorite people on here but I have to agree with him few years back I thought tna had a chance but now days I say someone put a fork in them their done

  • Shawn Bronald

    If you don’t learn from the history, you’ll be doomed to repeat it.

  • mole

    Why do you always act like a santino

  • JohnCena33

    They will go out of business.