WGD Weekly recently interviewed former TNA agent and WWE wrestler D’Lo Brown. Below are some highlights.
His thoughts on the financial state of TNA and reports of the company’s impending demise: “I think TNA is going to be around as long as the Carters want it to be. That’s the most honest answer I can give you. Her parents own the company and they have a ton of money, so as long as they want to keep investing in it, that company will be around. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or anyone feels, or what people suggest. They are going to run it the way they want to and as long as they want the company around, they are going to be here…I put no credit in unnamed sources. If you put something in print and you believe in it, out your name next to it and if not, don’t say it. I can guarantee you most of those, if not all of those unnamed sources aren’t sitting there and they don’t have knowledge of the day-to-day operations of that company. They are sitting on the outside and giving an opinion and their opinion is worth about as much they’d be willing to pay for it and that’s about two cents.”
Brown on working with Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara during the Attitude Era: “At the time, Vince was, I don’t think it was technically called creative, but he was the head of the writing committee, for lack of a better term. So, he was in charge of story lines, and he would bring you the idea for today’s show, and yes, I worked closely with Vince and Ed at that time. For some reason, Vince Russo was a big fan of mine. He liked the things I did in the ring and he enjoyed me being out there even though I wasn’t the top guy or the World Champion. Given the situation I was in he liked my role and that’s why they kept giving me more time with it. Man, it was so great to be out there enjoying that ride as the company went from getting defeated eighty something consecutive weeks during the Monday Night Wars to where it went. Russo and Ferrara were responsible for that and for me being part of that…I’m still friends with Russo today. I could call Vinny Ru today and shoot the proverbial spit, and just hang out with him anytime. He has always been a good friend to me and my family, and I owe him a lot.”
Brown’s memories of working with Owen Hart: “Owen was a guy that I considered myself very lucky to have spent just thirty seconds around, let alone a couple of years. One of the best guys, great family man, and in the ring, if people think that Bret Hart was a great worker, Owen Hart was one hundred times the worker of Bret. That’s just my opinion, maybe people agree with it, maybe they don’t, but I’ve seen them both up close, and to me, Owen was much better.”
On the accident in the ring that ended Droz’s career: “It was a really down part, not only of my career, but of my life. My career, professionally, not winning and losing, but just me, was never the same. I played competitive sports my whole life and I’ve seen injuries and I’ve seen severe injury, but I’d never been part of one and it was in Nassau Long Island Coliseum and I can remember it like it’s happening right now. We did the running powerbomb, something we’d done a thousand times leading up to that. Honestly, we had done it on every house show for at least a month before that, at least twice a night and on that night, he and I have talked about it, we just don’t know what happened. Still to this day, I have no clue and if I try to think about it, it will drive me crazy. I just remember standing there and looking at him after it happened, and going, ‘man, come on dog, just get up.’ When he didn’t, we went to the back and went off to the hospital, I was sitting at the hospital all night…I didn’t want to leave, but we had a show the next night in Trenton. I remember I was riding with Kane, and Jim Ross gave me a call and said, ‘come on, you got to go to work.’ That had to be the worst match of my life, that next night in Trenton. So, then I went home, the loop was over, and literally, I went home and quit, I retired, I was done. Luckily once again, it was Jim Ross who called me…he talked me about competitive sports and you know, things happen. He said, ‘it’s bad enough one career has come to an end, let’s not make it more of a tragedy and have two careers come to an end.’”