Approaching his 20th year in the business, Daniels stands as one of the veterans on the TNA roster. Taking a look at the current crop of talent, he sees two who are an opportunity away from busting through.
“One of them has been part of TNA for such a long time and finally came back in Sonjay Dutt,” Daniels said. “I feel like Sonjay is one win away from being that guy. He can be that guy to lead the X Division and bring focus to the X Division. Another guy, who just recently joined the company, is Kenny King. I feel like Kenny is a great character. He is a great athlete. I just feel it’s a matter of putting that all together and getting that opportunity, consistent opportunity.
“Both of those guys had an opportunity with Zema [Ion] when Zema had the X Division championship, but because of the nature of the X Division we’ve been cycling through different talent and giving them opportunity. I think if either of those guys had a consistent opportunity to be X Division champion we would see more spotlight or focus on the X Division.
“I hope that happens with the X Division being one of the things that brought us to TNA in the first place. I feel like it needs an influx of new blood. Zema Ion has been great and was a great champion. I think he has more to show the world in terms of his character. I think as time goes on we will see more of him, and Sonjay and Kenny at the same time.”
Even though his focus is on the tag team division, Daniels would still love to be world champion. It’s the one accolade that has eluded the decorated star his entire tenure in TNA.
“I think right now it’s about the right opportunity coming around,” Daniels said. “If you’ve asked me five years ago, could I be world champion, I would have said yes. The truth of the matter I feel like right now, with the work that I’m doing, I’m closer to being world champion than I’ve ever been. I think it’s just about circumstances and opportunity. You look back at a guy like Mark Henry, who has had such a long career in WWE before he finally became world champion.
“You look at Austin Aries, who two years ago had you asked could he be world champion, you might have answered negative. The truth of the matter is it’s about catching fire. I feel like I’ve done that in the last couple of months. So could I be world champion? Absolutely, as I feel like I still wrestle a main event style and can wrestle a main event style. I certainly can get on the microphone and hopefully talk people in watching me get my a## beat. So let’s see…”
• Watch Daniels and Kazarian challenge Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero for the TNA tag team championship 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Turning Point pay-per-view from Universal Studios Orlando.
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