Jason Clevett of Slam Wrestling has an interview up with Team 3D member and IWGP Tag Team Champion Brother Ray. Here are some highlights.
On the Lockdown PPV this Sunday in Philadelphia:
“Me and D-Von are very excited about being in Philly, it is our backyard. We are from New York City but Philly is where we got started in and where Team 3D as the Dudley Boys really became famous back in ECW. It is where D-Von and I united for the first time to start the Dudley Boys. It is where we won our first world tag team titles, started the most riots, I have a lot of great memories of Philly. It is great to be back here and part of Lockdown in a huge tag team match. I am more excited about the match for what it says about the state of tag team wrestling in TNA than anything else.”
On how the Beer Money vs. 3D match will differ from others:
“Our match is going to be different because the cage door will be open, we will be the only match where we will be free to roam free throughout the arena floor, or stay in the cage. Team 3D in Philadelphia in a Philly Street Fight? It’s going to get ugly.”
On the criticism of the Lockdown PPV with all matches in a cage:
“I love the idea of Lockdown, it is a great idea and very unique. If you have the right storyline for each match it works. I think Mick and Sting and Team Angle vs. Team Jarrett are great storylines going into the cage, and of course Team 3D vs. Beer Money.”
On the feud between Beer Money and Team 3D on TNA TV:
“If you go back and watch any of the older storylines from wrestling’s heyday, the longer drawn out feuds were more fun to watch. The way things are going with Beer Money, I think the people are entertained. You are getting to see a very serious side of Beer Money that you may not have seen before, and you are seeing Team 3D continue our quest for as many world tag team titles as we can win. I am so proud of the fact that I work in a company that puts emphasis on tag team wrestling, it is alive and well in TNA. The magnitude on this match for tag team wrestling is huge. Never before have the New Japan tag team titles, which we hold, been put on the line up against the TNA World Tag Team Titles. This match is being called ‘World Tag Team Domination.’ Whoever wins this match will truly be able to say they are the greatest tag team on the planet today. If we win we will just be saying what we have been for years. If Beer Money wins they get to say it for the first time. It is really intriguing and interesting.”
On the state of tag team wrestling in the business today:
“Tag team wrestling has been around for 100 years and always been an integral part of wrestling. Why other companies chose not to put a focus on tag team wrestling right now is beyond me. When we were in WWE, I have no bad things to say. Between us, Edge and Christian, Hardys, APA, Too Cool, there were a lot of tag teams and we had a lot of fun and took it all over the world. I don’t understand why that doesn’t exist there today.”
To check out the full interview, click here.