Konnan spoke with the Miami Herald’s Jim Varsallone to promote his upcoming MLW World Championship match against Low Ki at MLW ‘Zero Hour’ next Friday. In the interview, he discussed the buildup to the title match as well as his preparation with conditioning. Other topics he would tackle would include grooming Pentagon, Jr. and Fenix for success outside of Mexico and seeing the change of the wrestling business around him.
Here are a few highlights from the interview, which can be heard in full below. (Credit to Christopher McManus of WrestleZone for the transcription.)
Konnan on wrestling in his hometown of Miami:
“That where I was raised, that’s my city, but to tell you the truth I haven’t wrestled much in Miami. Most of my career has been outside Miami and the only time I really wrestled there is when I was in WCW. But it’s always good to be home but to wrestle in front of friends and family.”
On the prospect of Lucha Libre gaining exposure in the United States:
“There was a time where no one gave a damn about Lucha Libre now everybody wants to have a Lucha match. Now you see in ALL IN, which did so well, where Pentagon, Rey Mysterio, Bandido, and Flamita, you see all this lucha representation…Back in the mid 90s when we had that first luchadore invasion, I was always in the mindset that I thought Lucha Libre was way more exciting than American Wrestling. It was more creative, it was more colorful and it was different. I think people are starting to come around to the vision I had then.”
On returning to AAA:
“That’s a place that I dedicated 17 years of my career to and I was there since day one. We’ve seen so many great wrestlers come from there, whether it would be Eddie [Guerrero] or Rey [Mysterio] or Juventud [Guerrera] or Psicosis. Pentagon started there, Fenix started there LA Park started there…There’s a new group of young guys I’m working with who are gonna be big, big names in the United States in the next year. But it is a big company and there’s certain processes there which slows everything down. I kinda like working with MLW because it’s smaller and there’s not filters or politics that’s involved. With big companies [like AAA], politics are always involved.”