Elgin recently spoke with Wrestlezone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard ahead of his upcoming battle with Naomichi Marufuji at Bound for Glory this weekend. Elgin spoke about overcoming a few setbacks in the past year, including a left knee injury at a bad time and resolving legal issues after he was accused of covering up claims of sexual assault against his student Sean Orleans. A judge has since thrown out those claims and Elgin had called 2018 a tough year personally, but says now that he’s cleared his name, he feels like a weight has been lifted off of him that allows him to focus on his professional life again. Elgin signed with IMPACT in April, and feel like he’s getting to show people just how good he can be now.
“Just for a personal level, that’s allowed me to really only focus on wrestling when I’m in that ring and it’s been a weight lifted off me and feel like I’m at the top of my game. I think that since April people have seen just how dedicated I am not only to my craft, but to IMPACT Wrestling.” Elgin said. “But that’s not going to stop and I go into a huge PPV like Bound For Glory to wrestle someone like Marufuji and then soon after then we record the first live shows. I believe I’m at the best I’ve ever been and I think that the rest of this year is just going to show how amazing the IMPACT roster is and how I’m ready to lead it into the future.”
Elgin spoke about IMPACT’s new deal with AXS and how the company hasn’t had as many people watching in the past. He hopes the new deal will finally show people just how good they are and how hungry the roster is.
“I think that it’s been a shame for the last little bit that IMPACT has been on a lower viewed TV station because before making the jump, where I was trying to make a decision of where I wanted to go, I watched a lot of products that were out there and to me, the IMPACT Wrestling world was just phenomenal between the talent, what they were doing with the talent, how important they made the championships, it was all a fantastic product,” Elgin said. “That made me want to be a part of the IMPACT roster. So now that we’re moving to AXS and we’re all going to have more eyes on the product I think that people are going to really realize just how great IMPACT Wrestling is so I think that that is going to be a huge opportunity for the promotion itself but also for all the talent because right now I think even though a lot of the roster is young, it’s deep, they’re all motivated, they’re all super talented and getting better by the day and I think the wider the audience that gets to see them is going to realize just how amazing the product is.”
Check out the full interview below: