From wearing Zubaz pants and Gangnam Style dances to sipping on Appletinis and imitating wrestlers, there isn’t anything Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian won’t do to get a reaction in TNA Impact Wrestling
The former world tag team champions of the world took questions from the media during a conference call to promote the Genesis pay-per-view 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 13 from Universal Orlando.
Fans watch Impact every Thursday to find out what the two known as Bad Influence will do next. Their antics and unpredictability have helped the duo become the team audiences love to hate. For Daniels, what you are seeing much of themselves in their characters, which has been a recipe for success for wrestling stars in the past.
“This isn’t like we just opened up a Christmas gift,” Daniels said. “This isn’t something we just found in ourselves. This has been us from the very first. I hate to tell I told you so to TNA, but I told you so. If you had given us the microphone in 2004, 2005 or 2006, then you would be enjoying the seventh year of Bad Influence. But now you're enjoying the second year of Bad Influence. The world is watching, the world is listening, the world is raving about the talent of young Francois Kazarian and yours truly, Christopher Daniels, and they should be, because we're awesome. We're the reason that people are watching the show. We're the straw that stirs the drink. The girls want to be with us and the dudes want to be just like us. That's what's happening. That's Bad Influence, not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good.”
Their creativity has also helped Bad Influence stand out.
“When you talk about the creative process, you are talking about looking into the minds of Christopher Daniels and myself, and that’s a place I don’t think you want to go,” Kazarian said.
“We are two of the most creative, fun-loving individuals in the business. Anything you see us do is basically our creation, our idea and/or a request and/or a dare. A lot of times people don’t think we have the balls to do certain things, and we do them. Most everything we do is coming from the noodle of Chris Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. Is it entertaining? Of course it is because it’s us, the most entertaining tag team in the business.”
“We are 25-8 as far as being creative,” Daniels added.
“All we are doing during the day is thinking of ways that we can get under people’s skin, ways we can entertain, ways that we can get people talking about us at the water cooler the next day…People know when we walk down the ramp in the Impact Zone or live events or the pay-per-views, they know we are the best segment of the show.”
To Daniels, there is no dare too or button they are afraid to push. That is, as long as it fulfills the caveat of being entertaining.
“We’ve done everything we’ve been requested,” Daniels said. “Anybody that knows us knows that we are not shy. We aren’t scared to do anything in the wrestling ring. This includes the Zubaz and bringing them back. We’ve done everything.”
Compared to other tag teams who have been thrown together, Daniels and Kazarian’s chemistry comes with multiple years of friendship.
“In this business, let’s be honest, there are very few friends and a lot of acquaintances,” Kazarian said. “We’ve been lucky enough to be friends for the better part of 15 years. So that obviously translates in the ring…We’ve gelled as a tag team. The funny thing is you haven’t seen the tip of the iceberg of what we can and will do. 2012 was big, but it’s going to be a big 2013 for us.”
Recently the duo was given the name Bad Influence. It’s something Kazarian is proud to be called.
“The name has been hovering around the brains of both of us for a while,” Kazarian said.
“A lot of people have dubbed us a bad influence…People say bad influence in a bad way. We say it in a good way. Our thing is that once you’re under it, you can’t get over it.”
Although Daniels and Kazarian are a tag team, they both have singles aspirations. A step up the ladder in the ranks for the “Fallen Angel” could come with a victory against “Cowboy” James Storm at Genesis.
“Where does it say we can’t monopolize every title,” Kazarian said. “Why can’t Chris Daniels win the world heavyweight title? Why can’t I win the world TV title and hold the tag team titles at the same time. Yes, we still are a tag team, but we are also singles wrestlers. Chris Daniels is going to prove that on Sunday.”
“I’m a student of the game,” Daniels said. “I’ve seen James Storm from the very beginning. I’ve watched him grow from a tag team wrestler, basically just a man that was one half of a great tag team. Then I’ve seen him a great singles star on his own, but the truth of the matter is that no matter James has become he is never going to be as good as me…”
• Christopher Daniels (with Kazarian) goes against “Cowboy” James Storm 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Genesis PPV from Universal Studios Orlando. Jeff Hardy defends the TNA title against Austin Aries and James Storm in an elimination match. Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan team up to face Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez for the tag team championship. D.O.C. contends with Sting. Kenny King faces Christian York for a shot at the X Division championship later that night against Rob Van Dam. Joseph Park shows what he learned from wrestling school against Devon. Rounding out the card is a gauntlet match for the TNA Knockouts title with Gail Kim, ODB, Miss Tessmacher, Mickie James and Velvet Sky.
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• TNA Impact Wrestling announced a new worldwide pay-per-view programming initiative for 2013. The 52 annual episodes of Impact Wrestling on SpikeTV will lead to four, live epic Pay-Per-View events commencing with “Genesis” on Jan.13, “Lockdown” March 10, “Slammiversary” June 9 and “Bound For Glory” Oct. 13. In addition, seven pay-per-view specials that will be branded as “TNA Wrestling: One Night Only,” series will debut in April 2013 and continue throughout the year during the additional months.
The three-hour taped specials will premiere on the first Friday of each month. The first two “One Night Only” specials will be “Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament” and “X-travaganza” which will feature the X-Division. The company will continue to produce TNA Wrestling’s “Unfinished Business”, which are one hour programs available on a Video on Demand (VOD) basis. The monthly titles continue to focus on the history of a rivalry or a specific past pay-per-view event. These titles are available for two months at a time. For further information, please visit: www.impactwrestling.com, join us at www.facebook.com/IMPACTWRESTLING or follow us on Twitter: @TNADIXIE, @IMPACTWRESTLING.
• TNA Impact Wrestling is bringing “Gut Check” to Fayetteville on 2-4 p.m. ET. Sat., Feb. 2 at the Crown Coliseum, prior to the event that night. “Gut Check” is one of the highest-rated segments during Spike TV’s Impact Wrestling.
This is an opportunity for a critique and advice from some of the top veterans in the professional wrestling industry and a chance to be on the Impact Wrestling roster. “Gut Check” is a two-hour seminar that will offer aspiring wrestlers, announcers, managers, valets and referees the instruction and advice they can’t receive anywhere else in the industry.
TNA head agent D-Lo Brown, a former TNA and WWE wrestler, will be hands-on during the course by evaluating potential talent through promos, drills, simulated matches and in-ring work. “Gut Check” has showcased talent such as Crimson, Jesse Sorensen, Alex Silva, Sam Shaw, Christian York, Taeler Hendrix and Joey Ryan.
To sign up for “Gut Check,” visit TNAGutCheck.com( http://impactwrestling.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=88d2bd8e969a10a82e3c50f28&id=3ef7095c77&e=ac9091f5e8).
Space is very limited, and the deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 28.