Jay Lethal Discusses ROH vs. NXT Competition, Talks TNA Departure


Jay Lethal recently spoke with Live Audio Wrestling, here are the highlights…

On Competition Between NXT and ROH: “The vibe in the locker room is the same as it’s been since day one – just hungry guys trying to prove that Ring of Honor is a great wrestling company. I think we do that every time. Is it a coincidence that we’re going head-to-head with them? I don’t think so. I will say – & I don’t speak for the whole locker room when I say this – I think it’s kind of cool. You said it’s a great night for wrestling – I’m gonna say it’s a great time for professional wrestling. So much wrestling is available right now – it’s amazing. It’s a great honor to even be going head-to-head & be recognized as maybe this is someone we want to be going head-to-head with. It’s a great time to be the Ring of Honor Undisputed Champion – I feel like I won the lottery.”

On his Departure From TNA: “My departure from TNA… I will say – up until that point – I had been very lucky. God I’ve been very lucky in the wrestling business – especially up until that point. I got to wrestleKurt Angle & Ric Flair. Man – I had done so much in the wrestling business up until then. When I was in RIng of Honor I was the Pure Champion. And then when I won the Pure Championship I went to Japan for the first time. Actually being let go from any company – it just so happened to be TNA at the time – was my first taste of doing something wrong, my first taste of disappointment or first taste of failure in the wrestling business & it was a bit crushing to me. Luckily though that didn’t last long because throughout wrestling you make some really great friends. I was good friends with the Young Bucks who were doing RIng of Honor also at the time & it was an easy transition to get back into RIng of Honor especially since the timing couldn’t have been better. Throughout my career timing has been everything. When I came back to Ring of Honor they were just being bought by Sinclair Broadcasting Group. I have had so much luck. All of my success in the wrestling business I attribute it to being very lucky & being in the right place at the right time. Don’t get me wrong – being a great wrestler or a good wrestler is important but just as important is being in the right place at the right time & being downright lucky for me has helped tremendously.”

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