Ethan Carter III, or EC3, has managed to steal some wrestling headlines away from the WWE over the last week, and with good reason. Sure, the Bullet Club may have garnered some attention as well, adding two new Adams to their stable, but EC3 shook things up during Saturday’s EVOLVE 61 show and had fans of every promotion buzzing. EC3 interrupted the show’s main event, which featured current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and Johnny Gargano, and proceeded to unfurl a scathing promo aimed at WWE and NXT.
EC3 is under contract with TNA, but because the EVOLVE show was not televised, he was allowed to perform. And though the segment will not result in any kind of WWE vs. TNA angle as some were hoping, the promo was signed-off on by WWE executives, including Triple H. Why that’s interesting, of course, is because The Game was one of EC3’s main targets during his verbal berating. Carter laid into Triple H for releasing the TNA star, but only referred to Hunter as the “King of Kings.”
EC3 conducted an interview with Busted Open Radio in an attempt to clear the air, capitalize on the momentum, or both (thanks to Cageside Seats for the transcription).
“I guess it is sacrilegious, in a way, to take a shot at the King of Kings so – as I’ve said before on television, altar boy for 8 years – I’d just like to extend my apologies if I offended anybody and the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I took, I guess, other shots. People are assuming who I’m taking shots at. I mean, they don’t know. I mentioned the name Bill – I obviously meant Bill Carr, part of Team Tremendous and Evolve star as well. What’s cool about what’s going on is that nobody really knows what’s happening and there’s analyzation and there’s speculation and there’s buzz and those three things equal box office. So, from a wrestling fan’s perspective, instead of trying to over-analyze it, sit back. Enjoy the ride. Let a professional like myself tell you a story.”
EC3 clearly gets it. He’s absolutely right about the key ingredients creating box office. He just hasn’t had the proper forum to display the skills that are generating a good amount of buzz over the four days since the promo in question. EC3 was sure to point out to those who may have misinterpreted his feelings towards NXT, that there’s a major difference in the promotion from the time he was there to now.
“There’s another perception of what I said, that I took a ‘shot’ at NXT. I believe what I said NXT was, was a great show with great wrestling and interesting characters and developed storylines. So is that a shot? Or is that an endorsement from a great wrestling mind like myself saying something is great? I agree, it’s a great show. Maybe I took a shot at the way it used to be, but you know what? Nobody else on that show ever had to live through the dark days – the evil, sinister, horrid atmosphere it once was – to enjoy the fantastic product it has become. Think about that. I’m sort of a martyr in a situation like that.”
There have been reports that WWE will express interest in EC3 when his current deal with TNA expires. Obviously, this work-shoot only enhanced his exposure. But if things don’t work out with WWE down the line, EC3 is open to continue pushing the envelope with EVOLVE.
“If Evolve talent want to pick my brain in the future, I’m not there to be a sole enemy of what they are and what they strive to be. I’m just going to be there to be a reminder of the independence you need to persevere in this business, the independence you need to survive, the way you don’t need to coddle to a machine. Find yourselves, man. And yeah, sure, I’ll give promo seminars if they want to pay me money for them. That’s cool.”
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