As we have reported, a number of TNA wrestlers were in London for the Film and Comic Con. The Royal Ramblings team were fortunate enough to sit down with TNA star, Knockout & 2-time Knockouts Champion Brooke Adams for a brief but candid chat, following a tour of the UK parliament.
TNA has just announced that British Boot Camp 2 will be coming to Challenge TV. What does that mean for the company, how strong is British wrestling in your opinion and what impact has former British Boot Camp winner Rockstar Spud had in TNA?
Brooke: Well I want to see a girl win this year, that’s what I want to see
Well, Gail Kim is judging this time around…
Brooke: Which is really awesome. I think she’s a great pick, she’s been doing this for 15 years and so that is a great move for Impact Wrestling. But I also want to see a few more talents involved. We had a number last time – the Blossom Twins, Rockstar Spud and ‘Party’ Marty. I’d also like to see more training – the more grueling part of pro-wrestling.
We’re told that referees and announcers can apply for British Boot Camp 2?
James Storm: If you have a bad referee, the match can be horrible and it’s the same way with ring announcers. The announcer is the one that introduces us and gets the crowd going.
Brooke: … and keeps them going… I don’t think people realise how hard that is…
James Storm: Yeah, it’s a hard job and I’ve been a special referee before and it sucks! It’s hard! Doing their part is very different to being a wrestler.
What is your opinion on the 6-sided ring?
Br: Growing up, you see, 4 sides! You might think more of MMA and the octagon when it’s that style of ring. I’ve never wrestled in it so I personally and have no idea what it’s like but it’s not something that I’m personally very excited about. It’s going to be confusing.
There was a great deal of internet buzz about TNA’s New York Shows. They are coming to UK TV soon. What was your take on them?
James Storm: To me it was just another show. I show up, put my stuff on and go and do my job. I don’t treat New York any different to Columbia, Tennessee. I’ve got a job to do, I go do my job and to me the crowd was just as good as when we were in Dallas.
Brooke: Absolutely, everyone deserves it, every fan in every arena deserves us putting in the effort.
In a previous blog, we argued that TNA book external talent well – the Von Erichs in Texas and Rhino/Dreamer in New York. But what’s the impact in the locker room when talents arrive and win the title shortly after?
Brooke: In my view, it should be whatever’s best for the show and not just brining in someone with a past following. We have future stars and they’re the ones that need the push not somebody that has already had a name. It does seems that anyone that has had a name has the opportunity to come in and be on top but we’re full of a lot of talent that can be used.
We recently spoke to Al Snow and he told us about a rib he pulled whereby he stole a goat and let it into somebody’s room. We know the TNA locker-room has now twice had everyone sing him happy birthday when it hasn’t been his birthday. What’s the best rib you’ve played on someone or that you’ve had played on you?
Br: I think it’s different for the Knock-Outs. Some girls would get very mad if I stole their stuff. I don’t think they would all see the funny side of it!
In the short time we spent interviewing her, it was clear that Brooke was thoughtful and intelligent, passionate about her job and TNA. Any British talent surviving the boot camp will find these established talents a hard act to follow and as we heard, will need to be putting the time in to earn the right to face them.