Nigel McGuinness On Losing His Push In TNA, Chances Of An In-Ring Return, ROH's Top Guy

Staff writer Eltimir Alexandrov conducted an in-person interview with Nigel McGuinness on Wednesday on behalf of We'll be posting the complete interview later in the week but below are some highlights:

On Hogan and Bischoff's contributions to his release from TNA: "You can't just blame one person, you can't say it was Hulk Hogan, you can't say it was Eric Bischoff. A lot of people had a hand in it. I wasn't blameless myself, there are things I could have done differently also... It wasn't that they didn't like me necessarily, it was that they felt they needed to have people who were already stars in the industry. They felt they needed the Jeff Hardys, the Ric Flairs and the Nasty Boys to make sure people would watch."

On whether blading was how he got infected with hepatitis-B: "I will never know for sure. 30% of people that test positive for hepatitis-B never know, because it's so contagious. It's a hundred times more contagious than HIV, so I wil never know. All I do know is how I didn't get it. I never used needles, I never had unprotected sex, which is how a lot of people get hepatitis-B. However, I was around a lot of blood. So you know as much as I know. There were dangers that were inherent being around blood. Whether I got it from them or whether I didn't, the danger was certainly there. It was certainly there after the fact that I did have it, because if I had bled around anybody, they could have got it from me."

On the chances of returning to the ring: "Outside of Vince McMahon calling it, then pretty much zero. I've done everything outside of WWE I can and now I'm 37 years old, I've been retired for a year and a half now and the window of opportunity for me to wrestle again is getting smaller and smaller."

On who the 'John Cena' of ROH is: "There is no John Cena of Ring of Honor. John Cena, you see, is the guy that draws all the money, if there was anybody it would be Kevin Steen, that's probably the biggest draw that we have there in terms of what people want to pay to see. But even without Kevin Steen people would still come and see Ring of Honor because it's based on the product more than any individual wrestler."

On ring psychology in WWE and TNA: "They are limited by their production in that they only have a certain amount of time on TV and a certain amount of time for each of the matches within that TV and there, within that notion of what pro wrestling is, they wanna have the vignettes and the storylines and everything else that goes behind the scenes, so they don't have the ability to use ring psychology in the same notion that a show like Ring of Honor or the independents really does."

On the state of the British wrestling scene: "There are guys going to WWE all the time now from England. Pac's over there, Joel Redman's over there, Martin Stone's over there, the list will keep going on. Sheamus is already on TV, Drew McIntyre's already on TV, Wade Barrett's already on TV. There are so many shows over here that are drawing people, they have great guys you can learn from, it's a great place to be."

On the evolution of wrestling: "It needs to be more realistic, it needs to have storylines which are shades of grey, instead of black and white. It needs to be closer to the UFC, because we know what real fighting is like nowadays, it needs to be shown in a completely different manner, because wrestlers aren't actors, they never have been, they never will be, so all of those changes need to be made."

Check back later in the week for the complete audio of the interview.

To order "The Last of McGuinness" DVD and see his schedule for his screening tour, click here.

  • Stoney

    No one cares about the nasty boys anymore, stiffest wrestlers on this planet.
    Ric has damaged his own legacy beyond repair
    And Jeff showed up intoxicated to a ppv where he should’ve been fired on the spot

    • TheAwesomeJames

      Yeah but he’s talking about when he got burried, right at the start of the Hogan/Bischoff era in TNA, when they were signing the old guard left right and centre. It was hard for most of the talent already there to stand out against the Hardys and Flairs of this world, no matter how broken/unreliable they were/are.

  • Scorchy

    It still gets my goat that Nigel never made it in the WWE. He had main eventer written all over him.

  • I agree with that last paragraph 100%. Times changed and people want more of a realistic feel to product. Such a good talent gone to waste in TNA. He could of being a multiple world champion by now, too bad he got that disease.

  • If anybody in wwe is reading this please,please consider nigel mcguiness

    • Nostaljack

      They did at one point, if I’m not mistaken. He failed the physical and he has Hep B.

      • Had a feeling heo b would be the stopper like such a shame atleast got my roh dvds i suppose

        • Nostaljack

          It was severely damaged biceps if the Wiki article is accurate.

  • GuyLandau

    ROH has more psychology than WWE? I know he’s supposed to say it because he should support his company, but that’s factually inaccurate. ROH gave up on in-ring psychology in the traditional sense a long time ago? You want the product to be realistic, have your matches make sense and not just be senseless endurance battles with cool spots. Unless something drastically changed in the past couple of months that I am unaware of, which I really doubt.

    • The matches i saw between mcguiness and danielson (just a example mind) had awesome psychology but now its all gone

      • GuyLandau

        Oh yeah absolutely I’m talking about present-day ROH.