Interview with TNA Knockout Tara, Part 1
TNA's biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, takes place this Sunday from Philadelphia. If you're on Long Island, you've got lots of options to check out the show. Personally, I intend to make the short drive to the Liacouras Center to catch the show in person, and you can too by buying tickets here.
If you want a truly unique experience, you can watch Bound for Glory on the big screen. Several theaters across the U.S., including the Clearview's Port Washington Cinema on Main Street, are featuring the event.
And, of course, you could always check out the show from the comfort of your own living room on pay per view.You can get more information at TNA's web site.
I, for one, am very much looking forward to the show, which features a big double main event. In the TNA world title match, champion Kurt Angle defends against Impact Wrestling's newest super hero, the inspirational underdog Bobby Roode. And in a "fight" between two legends, Sting will take on Hulk Hogan.
One person who knows all about what it's like to wrestle on the biggest of stages if Tara, the former TNA and WWE women's champion, and currently one-half of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Tara doesn't plan to be in Philly for BFG, but has lots to say about the big show.
You can also catch Tara live in our area when she takes on fellow Knockout Madison Rayne at an FWE event in Manhattan on November 5. Get more information at Tara's official site.
Stay tuned for future installments of this interview, which include Tara talking about the differences between WWE's and TNA's womens division, past political problems in wrestling locker rooms, and her reaction to having been given a tarantula as her mascot.
Alfonso Castillo: Is TNA good about letting you work other place and get a paycheck from somewhere else?
Tara: Oh my God, they encourage it. Because the more exposure we get outside, they get exposure off of it. We’re still using our TNA or Impact wrestling name. When I was in WWE, we weren’t allowed to do that. They had to book everything for us. Plus, we were wrestling 4 to 5 days a week for them. So outside work? I don’t think we had time for it, to be honest with you.
AC: There’s always been that controversy whether wrestlers are truly independent contractors. And this would sound like TNA is more true to that philosophy if they do actually let you go work somewhere else.
T: Yeah, you’re right.
AC: As for Bound for Glory. What are your plans? You’re not on the card as of now, right?
T: I’m not on the card. And my feelings are very hurt (laughs.) I think deep down inside, they’re afraid to face my partner and myself. We’re tag champs. Brooke Tessmacher and myself are the champions. And we’re surprised that we’re not defending the belts on the biggest show of the year. We didn’t win this to be the accent of our ring gear. We wanted to defend it, and we thought that we were going to be more involved. And we will let our voice be known. And I feel sorry for our next victims, whoever we fight next week. We’re taping TV next week and I’m on one of the shows. And I feel sorry for the person on the other end, because there’s a lot of anger that we’re not participating in this event. But it is still going to be a good show… I’ll be watching. I’m really excited for the Hulk Hogan and Sting match. I’ll really be looking forward to that.
AC: That’s kind of a polarizing match. On one hand, obviously they’re two of the biggest stars of the wrestling business...
T: Absolutely. They’re legends—two of the biggest legends.
AC: But clearly, they’re not in their physical primes. I think both would admit to that. Hulk goes on the record about being in a lot of pain and having a hard time getting around. And Sting can still look good out there, but he’s in his early 50s. Do you think a match like that still has a place on a major show? Do you think a lot of fans want to see something like that?
T: I think they want to see it. I’m very anxious to see it, because I have the same feeling as you. What the heck are they going to do? Hulk Hogan just came from a back surgery. But I want to include that I’m 40, and I’m the oldest Knockout or Diva that’s out there. And I’m competing against 20-year olds. And I’m at the prime of my career. I’m still kicking butt and taking names, and stuff like that. So I don’t want to say that age isn’t a factor. They’ve probably been in the business longer and have been beat up and have more bumps and bruises than I’ve experienced. But, I’m excited about what they are going to bring to the table. There’s also other matches on the card, like AJ (Styles) vs. Christopher Daniels… They’re best friends and that will be very interesting. I’m very excited to see that.
AC: What do you think about Robert Roode and the push he’s getting? I think that’s the one that’s got a lot of people impressed and wondering. I think if you told people six months ago that Bobby Roode would be headlining TNA’s biggest show of the year, they wouldn’t believe you. Do you think he’s the right guy to get this push?
T: If you’re an avid fan and you see him, he’s super talented and he has the fans in the palm of his hand. He is amazing. What he does, how religious he is in the way he works out. He does not take a day off. If he skips a morning, he goes at midnight to work out. He deserves it. I don’t think anybody else in the card, I could say, deserves it more. He’s a hard worker, super talented. I’m a Kurt Angle fan too. Inside, if I were Bobby Roode, I’d be going, “Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m facing Kurt Angle. This is amazing.” I would be a little bit like star struck inside, you know what I mean? But he deserves it. He’s going to be so nervous that day.
, Impact Wrestling
, Bound for Glory
, Bobby Roode
, Kurt Angle
, Hulk Hogan