Frankie Kazarian Discusses Samoa Joe In NXT, Working With Daniels, More


The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast recently interviewed pro wrestler Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian discussed his team with Christopher Daniel, ROH’s focus on tag team wrestling, and more. Below are some highlights.

On how well he works with Christopher Daniels as a team: “It is hard to put in one short answer. The guy is my best friend, I’ve known him for pretty much the better part of the 17 years of my career. It’s great having somebody that you can rely on not just in the context of a wrestling match but also on the road, traveling here and there. We are best friends, tag team partners, our train of thought is very similar when it comes to wrestling matches and the whole business. It’s a real confidence booster knowing he’s there and takes a lot of stress off knowing how professional he is and knowing where we both are going to need to be. It’s almost like we are on cruise-control at this point, we know each other so well. When it comes to tag team wrestling all those thing make an awesome package.”

On preference to working heel or baby face: “Without question we are in our wheel-house when are bad guys. The act really got some steam when we were doing dastardly things over in TNA in 2012. It really fits our personalities so much better portraying the bad guys, it’s just right and it’s us. We got a lot of real positive reactions when we came to Ring of Honor and I think because people were happy to see us but after a while it’s going to wear off and if any team is going to be the working heels and the bad guys of the company I can’t think of anyone better then Chris Daniels and myself.”

On if Samoa Joe will succeed in NXT: “I guess that all depends on how he is utilized. If they know how to use Joe the way that I hope and think that they do then I think he will be very successful. Joe is one of the most unique professional wrestlers to come around in years and he is one of the best, that’s not news and not because he’s a friend it is a fact. In the past in different places Joe has been he wasn’t utilized right and I don’t think that is going to be the case and they are going to use him and let him play to all of his strengths and let him bring out the best in himself and the wrestlers around him and I’m looking forward to it. I hope he really is unleashed and is allowed to be the bad-ass “Samoan-Submission Machine” we all know and love.”

On John Cena’s success in WWE and working with him in UPW: “I can tell you this and I lived about two hours from where the (UPW) building was and every time I went to train, there constantly was Samoa Joe and John Cena. Seeing where John is now I’ve always said that his best asset was his attitude. If he couldn’t out wrestle you he would out work you because his work ethic is second to none. His success doesn’t surprise me but maybe the magnitude and the fact he became the global star that he has is pretty astonishing but not surprising. You can like who you like and hate you hate but I can never understand the hatred for this guy. I’ve never seen the guy shit the bed in the ring, I’ve never seen not elevate the guy he’s in the ring with. He is not boring, I don’t understand the hate. I get not liking the guy but there are people who just despise him. He is doing something, he is touching some nerve inside you. I’m a John Cena fan and I think he is quite good for the professional wrestling business. “

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