Next in GiveMeSport's series of interviews with the stars of Impact Wrestling is a name you may well be very familiar with.
GiveMeSport was given the chance to talk with someone who's been a stand out performer and big character in the company for a long time now. He's been an important part of TNA Impact Wrestling for over five years now and in that time he has held the TNA Tag Team Championships, X-Division Championship and TV Title (now unfortunately defunct).
BOOM, who else could it be other than one half of the entertaining Bro-Mans, Mr Robbie E.
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Robbie took some time out to speak to GMS about his on screen character, his aims and objectives plus a subject not often discussed by wrestlers in TNA or WWE, intergender matches.
Here's what he had to say, when GMS interviewed New Jersey native Robbie E...
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GiveMeSport (GMS) - First of all Robbie, we're delighted to have you join us and how are you and how are things at TNA?
Robbie - Things are great! I'm happy, I'm healthy! I'm a former X-Division, TV and two time Tag Team champion. So, life is pretty damn good and I can't complain although I did lose to my ex-girlfriend on television. Which was kind of embarrassing BUT I'm going to bounce back.
GMS - So, with the recent match between yourself and Brooke, do you feel that "inter-gender wrestling" has a place in mainstream wrestling or is it something that should only be utilized in extremes; such as with Brooke being obviously jealous that you won't give her attention?
Robbie - Sure, pro-wrestling is entertainment and I think me vs Brooke was pure entertainment. I think everyone had fun watching it and enjoyed it.
GMS - You were recently in the ring with Awesome Kong at the Jokers wild 3 pay-per-view, could the likes of Kong, Havok and Gail Kim work an inter-gender programme similar to Chyna and Jeff Jarrett/Chris Jericho in the WWE?
Robbie - Yeah, of course they could, look Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and Havok are three of the toughest women. So I mean I'm sure they could hold their own and go toe to toe against a dude. Not Me! But maybe other guys.
GMS - Do you think you being younger and willing to work means that you will have a different view to older heads in wrestling and companies playing it safe since the demise of WCW?
Robbie - I just think that wrestling is ever changing, so at times maybe you'll see things and other times you won't, but everything always resurfaces. So I really don't have the answer to why it hasn't been around but it happened a few weeks ago with me and Brooke. We think it was a success and I'm sure that it'll happen again in the future.
GMS - You're on it as soon as that mic or camera is in front of you whether it be YouTube, One Night Only, Impact Live or Impact taped, its great to watch! Who, if any, are your wrestling and character influences?
Robbie - Yeah you know what it is, there is no set influence, it's just kinda me. I'm a wacky crazy person. If you know me outside the ring I'm pretty much the same. There's no one really like me and it just comes out when I head through the curtain.
GMS - We've seen you from the debut with Cookie, to the association with Big Rob & Bigger Rob, and now the BroMans, you have found continual growth throughout your time with TNA. What would you consider to be the next direction for Robbie E?
Robbie - Like I said before, all the titles I've held were great but I haven't held the World Title. So if I can hold that I can be on the short list of guys who've been Grandslam champions. It's a short list and it's a goal of mine and an accomplishment I'd like to make. So, yeah I'd like to step it up with the singles stuff, maybe some World Title matches between me and Kurt Angle and I'd like to become a Grandslam champion having won every TNA title.
GMS - Earlier in the year we had a piece on five reasons why you should watch TNA in 2015, mentioning you in the same breath as Austin Aries and EC3. It may divide opinion but you're clearly talented in the ring. Why do you feel people/fans put you as a lesser wrestler than them?
Robbie - People are always going to look at people different ways and not accept that pro-wrestling has a lot of different flavours. You know everyone likes what they like. So, you know some people may look at me and say I love that kind of wrestling but people may equally say I'm only into guys that mat-wrestle or even hardcore wrestler. You're, as a viewer, allowed to like your flavour, but the great thing about me is I can do it all! You're seeing me be funny or do comedy but I'm also well accomplished in the ring too. Granted I don't get to show that side of me a lot but it does exist and I think there'll be time when I do get to show it and some fans will be saying Jesus, I didn't know Robbie E was this talented!
GMS - Do viewers underestimate the importance of comedy in wrestling TV and live events?
Robbie - It's not about fans underestimating it, it's the flavour of what people like and some have it set in their mind that pro-wrestling is supposed to be one way or the highway and that's not the case. Look from years and years ago there was lots of different characters all bringing their own style, the fact that everyone brings something different to the table is what makes wrestling so great.
GMS - Who'd be your dream opponents for you and Jesse as the Bro-Mans?
Robbie - I think we'd love to get in there and go two-on-two with the Hardys - and have a series of matches with them. I think we proved ourselves with the Wolves. I think the Hardys would be a great team to take on as they've done pretty much everything in wrestling that there is to do. And I've wrestled them both in singles but I think with me and Jesse together it'd make a hell of a match.
GMS - You've recently signed a revised deal with TNA, you have already said you want to get into the World Title picture, but are there any short term targets?
Robbie - Whatever I've gotta do to slowly start to get some single breaks and showcase what I can do in singles wrestling to earn those title shots.
GMS - That's good to hear! You've said a few times you don't like Josh, so can we ask what's the problem with Josh Mathews?
Robbie - Josh Mathews is an untrusting hamster! And he's similar to Jeremy Borash and always seem to be sneaking around and always seem to have stuff up their sleeve.
GMS - You have been one of the wrestlers who really seems to grasp the benefit online exposure epically on YouTube, and ImpactWrestling.com. Why doesn't TNA use these clips on Unlocked or Xplosion?
Robbie - I feel our hardcore audience are checking out the YouTube channel and our website so they're getting to see our stuff anyway. I'm not involved or know how the stuff gets onto a show, I'm a wrestler and know how that works.
GMS - What can TNA do to grow more domestically?
Robbie - As time goes on, luckily we're now on a network that really loves us being on their network. They're a growing network and doing everything they can to push us, adverts, billboards you name they're doing it! It's nice as they're fully on the TNA train and we're already the number one rated show on the network and they're doing all they can to grow and as time goes on they're going to get bigger and our show will get bigger also.
GMS - TNA is growing throughout Europe, are we likely to see a European tour as opposed to just a UK tour in the future?
Robbie - Sure, the more places we can go the better. We also now have TV in Brazil so we're expanding and expanding. So everywhere we can go and bring TNA, I mean the wrestlers, production crew we'd all be excited, and why not bring it worldwide.
GMS - Do you plan to hire a lawyer in order to collect the $1million that Rockstar Spud blatantly owes you per the contract he signed to perform for I'm With Spud Wednesday Wrestling?
Robbie - Yeah spud hasn't exactly got a lawyer - Joseph Park isn't a lawyer! Spud went to Park, and Park appointed Al Snow who apparently works for Park now. He's going to be Rockstar Spud's lawyer and I believe this week we go to wrestlers court. So we'll see but I'm going to get my money!
GMS - TNA presently seems to have misfiring storylines (#StandUp). Do you feel that Impact Wrestling is missing something that it can bring to the forefront with this #StandUp concept we have seen come to light?
Robbie - I don't think that Impact is missing anything, I think if you take anything and you dissect it you can find things that are wrong with it, that are right with it. Things you can approve of and find other people's opinions but I believe we are going in the right direction and a positive direction. We're always changing and looking for new ways to improve and have constantly been doing that. Our product is getting better and better.
GMS - It appears growing up in the Northeast influenced the attitude and character you present weekly on Impact Television, but who was it that influenced Robbie E to pursue wrestling?
Robbie - Yeah, I started when I was 16 and had my first match on my 17th birthday. Now I'm 31, so yeah about 15 years and with TNA about five. I did the indys around here (Jersey) and around the North East such as New York, Boston and just trying to get my name out there and get experience. I did it while I was at college and it took almost ten years but luckily I got my break with TNA and the rest is history.
GMS - Last summer you featured on Radio One Newsbeat and said that the WWE is not on our level - what did you mean by that?
Robbie - To elaborate a bit, our roster is heavily packed and our roster is way more talented!
GMS - Thanks for that, with the instant response you can get from Twitter nowadays, is there a way fans can follow you online?
Robbie - Yes I'm on twitter follow me via @RobbieEimpact and Instagram @RobbieEimpact and myself and EC3 have a podcast which you can find on PodBean.com and iTunes.
Link here - RobbieEec3 Podcast
GiveMeSport would like to thank Robbie E for his time and Impact Wrestling for allowing us to interview one of their wrestling superstars.
Make sure you check out Impact Wrestling on Friday nights on Destination America in the USA, Fight Network in Canada and on Sunday nights on Challenge in the UK.
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