“Me wearing like the Marvel T-shirts, that’s just the homage to the guys I appreciate, the guys that work hard at Marvel comics because I’m still a big fan. The things that Frankie does is the same [thing]. He wears the Cobra Kai t-shirts because he’s such a big fan of the ‘Karate Kid’. Things like that are just our personalities seeing through, and people are sort of catching on to that.
“…Frankie and I are bringing our real life characters out on the microphone. We are both very snarky. We are very sarcastic and play well off each other in real life. Anybody that knows us behind the scenes can attest to that.”
The effectiveness of their work can also be attributed to the fact the company gives them the time and outlet to connect with the crowd. They took the ball and ran with it.
“There is definitely more of collaboration between us and TNA creative I feel like in the past couple of months,” Daniels said. “People have given us the opportunity because they’ve seen us get on the microphone and deliver. So they are more likely an opportunity to fish for good stuff and try to swing at every pitch. They are giving us these opportunities, and every time we come back from doing something well, it just shows them they had the right idea in giving us the opportunity. So in the past couple of months they’ve given us the opportunities and the microphone on live television. So far we’ve done well every time we’ve had the microphone in our hands, and I think they are going to keep giving us those opportunities.”
The veteran team has the ability to make the most out of any situation. Enter the controversial Claire Lynch storyline in which Lynch accused AJ Styles of being the father of her baby.
“I think it did as good as it was going to go,” Daniels said. “I mean it was a gamble in terms of putting someone in that position, in that character, that wasn’t a wrestler. I think that TNA broke new ground in the sense of trying to doing something more personal rather than professional in terms of the character. I think in hindsight maybe it sort of bit us in the sense that Claire the character, the girl, wasn’t used to professional wrestling audiences. It’s a different audience, and you hire an actress to be a certain character. Actors and actresses are used to certain audiences and professional wrestling is completely different than that.
“I’m sure she was surprised to the reaction to some of the stuff and it sort of prompted her to go her own way a lot earlier than expected. In that respect we probably could have prepared her better and given her a better idea of what she is in for. At the end of the day the main goals for that storyline were to make AJ Styles more virtuous and a good guy and to make myself and Frankie Kazarian seem more dastardly and more evil.
“When you look at the end result of all that, those two goals were met. Could it have gone better? Sure, but you have no idea how things are going to go when you walk down that aisle to the ring. I feel that we had the audience in the palm of our hands. They were watching TNA Wrestling and weren’t sure what was going to happen next. I feel that was a good thing…At the end of the day AJ was the good guy, and we were the bad guys, and that is what we were aiming for.”