TNA broadcaster Mike Tenay's comments on Todd Keneley prior the the announcing team change, shares favorite TNA memories, how he got his start, his future withe the company
TNA personality Mike Tenay interview
Host: Ryan Rider
Interview conducted for CJAD.com
How he joined TNA: "I was still under contract to WCW for a year, year and a half. I received a phone call one day from Bob Ryder and he said we’ve come up with this idea to start an idea. Bob and Jeff Jarrett were involved in the early stages and invited me to come on board. We haven’t looked back since."
Tough times early on: "We had just a few shows under our belt when they decided to take a break. They decided to have “Best of” shows. I wondered if we would ever come back live. And since then we haven’t missed a beat, has been a tremendous experience."
Going live and leaving the Impact Zone: "From a company standpoint, absolutely fantastic. The opportunity to take the product live, allow the fans to come out and see the people they see on TV each week. A party atmosphere with the Impact shows that we have and another big step for the company. I also love the idea of the four pay-per-views a year, the four big events supplemented by the 'One Night Only' pay-per-views. It’s a really good mix. From a TV standpoint, to be able to build for those big four pay-per-view events rather than 12, it’s a huge advantage for us and makes our TV program more interesting."
Favorite memories: "I think back to the early days and the ability for us to take these young talents, the X division talents in the early days of the company such as AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Low Ki, Amazing Red, Kid Kash, I could go on and on and on. The X Division put us on the map, it gave us longevity. It led us to that bridge where we were able to acquire a talent like a Sting, like a Kurt Angle, a Hulk Hogan. Without those guys in the early days, I don’t think we would be here today. When I think back as far as my favorite times, those early X Division matches were not only great to announce, but for the importance of the company going forward it was huge. It’s just so great to be able to see guys like Petey Williams come back, to see Chris Sabin come back. For about a year, year and a half period, we didn’t have the depth that we need in the X Division. Now we have it."
Working with Don West vs Working with Taz: "Totally different. Don was originally brought in to be the voice of the fan. That infectious enthusiasm that Don had and what he brought to the broadcast table was just great. One of my great friends in all the years I’ve been in professional wrestling, I still stay in touch with him today. At the same time, when the transition was made to Taz you went from the fan now to the former wrestler. It gave a totally different perspective for the viewer. A more expert analysis in terms of holds, in terms of mindsets that he has brought to the table the last few years. Don was just such a natural at promotions, that’s why he was so good when he worked at the merchandise department."
Todd Kenneley: "Todd has just come in and has just done a great job. He’s a real student of the game. There’s not a bigger fan of professional wrestling than Todd and it really shows in his work. He’s been really fun to work with the last few months."
His past and his future: It’s kind of up to TNA and Impact Wrestling what my future holds. At Slammiversary, an anniversary event, it is that opportunity to reflect. I think back and say wow, 11 years here and before that six or seven years on-air for WCW; and before that I worked on the WCW hotline and did wrestling radio. After 20-plus years of it, it’s just been a fantastic ride and I’m here for as long as they’ll have me.
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