Eltimir Alexandrov interviewed Mark Haskins on behalf of WrestlingNewsWorld.com. Below are excerpts of it followed by complete audio:
ON WRESTLING OUTSIDE THE UK: It’s such a different experience, being somewhere like Japan, or being somewhere like America, or even Germany, with my experiences I’ve had out there. You know, as long as you love what you do, you’re gonna have fun doing it wherever that may be, regardless of what country or what company it is you’re working for… I guess in America, or Japan, because it’s a lot more sort of, bigger business and such that you find the mentality out there is a lot, I guess, I don’t want to say harder-working, because you know, you’re going to find hard-working guys everywhere. I guess in America it’s very much more like business-minded, same as in Japan, however because obviously with the language barrier there you don’t pick up as much of it as you would in, say, America. I love the independent promotions out here, you’ve got a lot of hard-working guys, but you’ve also got a lot of guys that just enjoy going out and having fun just being at the place that they are, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you won’t get that same competitive mentality that you might do, say, in America or in Japan.
ON THE LANGUAGE BARRIER IN JAPAN: I’m a perfectionist, I go all out and I wanna learn everything. I’ll be begging someone, like, “Please teach me Japanese style”, they’ll be able to communicate so much but they won’t necessarily be able to go into the more in-depth workings of the business… Especially with someone like Dragon Gate, where for the most part the guys were trained in Mexico, I believe, so you’ve got a hybrid style, a mix of American, Japanese and Mexican wrestling.
ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HIGHER-UPS IN TNA: I guess I didn’t really speak to them that much at the time, you know, I did as I was told… I guess I wasn’t there that long enough to develop some major relationships with all the people. I wish I had spoken to them more, and sort of pick their brains, because obviously they’re the guys who control everything, they’re the guys that are pushing the company forwards, so to know what it is they want… Me being young and dumb at the time, the biggest mistake I probably made was thinking there would be a second chance, and there wasn’t, which makes me look back and think, “I wish I had picked up on the smaller opportunities here and there and everywhere, but once again, it’s a learning experience.
ON BEING ABSENT FROM TV: I’m not the one who pulls the strings. I would love to be on every Impact or every Pay-Per-View, but when you have two hours of TV time per week with a roster of 60+ guys, especially when you have guys who are more local in it, costs of flights are going to be cheaper in America.
ON HIS RELEASE FROM TNA: The reason why I was released was because soon after that my fiancé and I discovered that we were pregnant with our first child. [I was supposed to be] renegotiating my contract throughout the space of the year and resigning with the company around the summer of that year. However, due to time restraints especially with the United States government not allowing us into the country, because should the child be born in America we would therefore gain illegal citizenship, we would not have been allowed to have flown out to America. Especially once the contract had been signed, we were so far gone with the pregnancy, it would be too dangerous and too close to the actual birth date. Basically what it was was just an unfortunate timing of events. The contract finally got signed and it was literally a month later and I had to stay home. It was time for me to make a choice between, do I go in America, while my pregnant fiancé, who has quickened back pains, stays in England, and potentially end up in a position of somebody like Rockstar Spud, who seems to not be used, or do I tell them, “Look, I’m gonna stay home, but I’ll be out in say, January, which was the date that I gave them, and I’ll be able to continue my commitment from then.” I put this across to them and they basically said to me, “Hey look, we can’t hold your contract that long, so therefore we’re gonna have to release you.” The reports of me suffering a neck injury are completely false. I suffered a concussion, my neck was fine, I had no injury whatsoever. I was wrestling a few days later after that. So the injury itself had nothing to do with me being released.
ON A POTENTIAL RETURN TO AMERICA: At the moment my main plan is to be a successful professional wrestler as I can be, whether that would be in America, or whether that would be in Japan, or here throughout Europe. Wherever I may be, that’s what I want to do and that’s what I want to continue doing from this day forth. Like I’ve said a million times, if somebody from America offers me a million pounds, I’m gonna take it.
ON THE “SCREW INDY WRESTLING” CAMPAIGN: [Nathan Cruz and I] have so many car rides where we would just moan and complain about these kids today that are coming through, people who don’t respect the business the same way that we do. I was still training up until the middle of 2012 on a weekly basis in a wrestling ring, trying to learn new stuff, doing cardio drills, conditioning drills, all these things… And then you see these guys coming through who call themselves wrestlers as well, who don’t have the same commitment to us; therefore, when you get into the professional wrestling business and you are presenting it in the best light and you’re deeming yourself something such as an “indy wrestler”, which once again is used as an excuse, you are therefore disrespecting everybody else who has come before you and everybody else who works our arses off for this business.
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