Kevin Nash on staph infection, MEM

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Here are some excerpts from TNA star Kevin Nash’s appearance on Ring Posts Live with me and Nestor Aparicio Wednesday afternoon on WNST 1570 AM.

Nash will team with fellow Main Event Mafia members Kurt Angle, Booker T. and Scott Steiner against Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles and a mystery partner in the Lethal Lockdown match at TNA’s Lockdown pay-per-view on Sunday.

On the staph infection in his elbow: “It looked like a gunshot wound even a month ago. It just looked the thing was never going to heal. We have a young surgeon that helps us at TNA, and about a month ago at TV he said, ‘I can close that.’ A week ago Thursday he surgically went in and put the thing back together. I won’t be a hundred percent, but I’m definitely wrestling on Sunday.”

On the Main Event Mafia clicking with viewers: “Whether it’s The Horsemen, then nWo, the Main Event Mafia or DeGeneration X, it always seems like a faction, especially a heel faction, seems to work. The problems the babyfaces always have is that they’re always fighting amongst themselves, and you get four or five guys that have a common goal to be the deterrent to them, I think storyline-wise it’s easy for a wrestling fan to go, ‘OK, that doesn’t insult my intelligence. Five guys beating two makes sense.’ “

On TNA using veterans on top while also trying to build new stars: “A couple weeks ago, we did a thing where The Motor City Machine Guns came down and interacted with The Main Event Mafia, and I thought [Alex] Shelley came in and was brilliant on the mic. I just think that the more that we interact with them [the better]. I think the biggest problem booking-wise is that the young guys are so athletically gifted and — I’ll just use me as an example — they have to work around me. I’m not ashamed to say it. I’ll be 50 in July. You know, I’d love to pass the torch, to be that first generation of guys that makes stars. And we’ve got some guys that are ready.”

On the next generation of TNA stars: “I think Robert Roode is a really, really talented guy. I think he’s a natural babyface, although he’s working heel right now. He’s just solid. He’s a combination of Rick Rude and Curt Hennig. He’s a real good technical wrestler and everything he does is solid. Motor City Machine Guns — I watched them do 25 minutes in the Tokyo Dome in January and was just amazed at how athletic and what an incredible pace that those two guys go. You got ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal, a really fiery young babyface, a lot of athleticism. There’s Samoa Joe. You have A.J. [Styles]. I don’t think there’s really a better athlete in the business right now than A.J. Some of the things he can do reminds me of Shawn [Michaels] in his peak years, as far as athleticism.”

To listen to the entire Ring Posts Live segment (Nash comes on about 13 minutes in), including Nash’s comments on Vince McMahon paying for Scott Hall and Sean Waltman’s rehab, go to the audio vault on the home page.