As mentioned in yesterday's exclusive interview with Impact Wrestling star Rockstar Spud, there is a big deal that reaches a conclusion this week on Impact Wrestling.
Wrestling fans around the world will witness the culmination of a 18 month relationship ending between Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter III. The former 'best friends' have turned on each other to become the worst of enemies and what better way to settle a feud than a 'Hair Vs Hair' match in front of a packed and vocal crowd in London's SSE Wembley arena.
Since we spoke with Rockstar Spud yesterday, we couldn't resist the chance to speak to his former friend turned foe, Ethan Carter III, currently one of, if not the, most over bad guys in all of televised wrestling.
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Currently on an 18-month unbeaten run in TNA, he's known as the "Hardcore American Icon", a nickname given following his victories over legends Bully Ray, Kurt Angle and Sting.
EC3 allowed us here at GiveMeSport the time to ask him some questions on a variety of subjects prior to this week's match-up.
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Here's what he had to say...
GMS (GiveMeSport) - Thanks for joining us and can we start with - Did you enjoy your tour with TNA in the UK this January? What did you think of the fans and the arenas?
EC3 - No. I was booed relentlessly and I believe someone threw a pint of beer at me.
Having said that I loved our tour of the UK. The UK has some of the best wrestling fans in the world, and it is a place that has embraced us. The fans maintained a level of enthusiasm throughout all the shows that carried over into the performances in the ring. I believe we did a lot of good things over the pond and it has reflected in our shows.
GMS - You remain undefeated for over 18 months now as a singles competitor, when will fans see EC3 move towards competing for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship?
EC3 - While it is not fiction, I like to equate my career in TNA thus far as a three part narrative. Act 1 has set me up as the conquering hero that I am, dispatching the old guard. Act 2 has challenged me with being able to overcome my Aunt Dixie Carter's demise. Act 2 concludes this Friday Night on Impact in a Hair vs. Hair match vs Rockstar Spud. I guess that leaves Act 3 as my resolution, one that will be completed when I become TNA World Champion.
GMS - As a character and personality, you've become arguably the most over bad guy in all televised wrestling, can that character grow and adapt further and if so how?
EC3 - The character and personality are organic as it is a true extension of myself. As far as it growing, I believe it is always necessary to evolve. I am not one to rest on my laurels. EC3 began as a spoiled brat and I felt it was important for the fans to be able to relate to the character, not as themselves, but as someone they may have encountered in their lives and really just want to sock square in the face. Through the past 18 months, while still entitled, I feel EC3 has become more battle tested. Going forward in the future, now more established, it opens the opportunity to be taken seriously on a main event level.
What I'm trying to say is EC3 is, and will always be, kind of a piece of crap.
GMS - Your comic timing, actions, promos and mannerisms are a joy to watch, who if any are your wrestling influences?
EC3 - I try to find influences in not only wrestling, but all facets of entertainment. As far as wrestling related though, guys like Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Steve Austin and The Rock (especially Hollywood Rock circa 2003) are just a few of the ones I draw inspiration from.
GMS - A programme with Ken Anderson seems likely and has many fans excited, due to the good work you both do on the mic, on camera and in the ring. Is this something you would like to see happen?
EC3 - I'd love a programme with Ken Anderson. He is a seasoned veteran I USED to hold in high regard (until he decided to interrupt my scalping sessions.) The in-ring/mic battles could be epic, plus if I defeat him perhaps I can therefore reference myself as "The Hardcore American Icon........... hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin."
GMS - Who else would you like to work with on the current Impact roster?
EC3 - I'd love another go around with Kurt Angle. I think Gunner needs the right kind of opponent to bring a different side of him out. The addition of a Drew Galloway definitely creates a unique match up. I'd love to just pummel Robbie E into dust.
We have a very talented roster that provides numerous fresh and unique match ups.
GMS - How's Tyrus (WWE's Brodus Clay)? And is he getting over his fear of disco balls yet?
EC3 - Tyrus is excellent. Dominant and loyal to the cause. Fortunately for signing with me I provide Health Care that allows him psychiatric visits to get over his phobia of Disco Balls.
GMS - The crowds give you such a hard time with these "you can't wrestle" chants but it seems that you prove them wrong every time you step in the ring. How big of an influence does a crowd's involvement have on your performance as a professional wrestler?
EC3 - As I like to say "I disagree. I'm very good." Crowd involvement plays a huge part in the performance of a professional wrestler. The only thing I do not want to hear when I am in the ring is the sound of indifference. People invest time and money to be entertained. It is our jobs to see to that. Their involvement is our reward.
GMS - You have the clear 'X Factor' that Vince McMahon claims he looks for in his WWE superstars. Why do you think WWE dropped the ball when you were there?
EC3 - I agree. I'm very good.
It's a speculative industry, sometimes you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe a reason for it resigned last week? I don't know, but what I do know is that it was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I could not be happier or more satisfied right now then I am with TNA.
GMS - This coming Friday (13th) on Destination America and this Sunday (15th) night on Challenge TV you face former 'best friend' Rockstar Spud at the SSE Arena Wembley, what can fans expect?
EC3 - The fans can expect a great story with a conclusion, which is what I think wrestling fans really want. Conducive, entertaining storytelling coupled with exciting action. This match will carry a lot of emotion between us both. It is an opportunity for two men, who worked a very long time, to get recognized. We took great pride in building to this moment and we will both wear this match on our sleeve. Which will be weird because we will both be shirtless.
GMS - What's next for EC3?
EC3 - A nap. And a giant plug for TNA Impact Wrestling at 9 ET every Friday night on Destination America and 9pm every Sunday night on Challenge.
Since our network move in the US, our shows have been consistent while getting better each week. The next two weeks take place from Wembley Arena in London and every talent that was privileged enough to perform on that stage did so with unflappable heart. Check it out. It rocks.
GiveMeSport would like to thank Ethan Carter for taking time out to answer our questions. Be sure to catch his 'Hair Vs Hair' match against Rockstar Spud this Friday (13th March) on Destination America in the USA and on Sunday (15th March on Challenge in the UK.
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