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"Being PWI Rookie Of The Year was a big accomplishment," says IMPACT Wrestling star Moose

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IMPACT Wrestling star Moose
IMPACT Wrestling star Moose

IMPACT Wrestling -- which airs every Thursday night (10 p.m. ET) on Pop TV across the U.S. -- is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada for a three-night stand at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Nov. 11-13.

And one of the top names on the IMPACT roster is Moose, who played 62 games in the NFL from 2006 to 2012 after a stellar career at Syracuse University.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Moose -- a former two-time IMPACT Grand Champion -- by phone, and below are some of the highlights from that chat.

Moose can be followed on Twitter via @TheMooseNation and on Instagram as @MooseNation69, while IMPACT is set to return to Vegas with another stand at Sam's Town on February 15-17, 2019.


I first want to ask you about your feud with Eddie Edwards. Had you known Eddie before Impact? Had you worked with him before?

Moose: No.

Now you have that on-going feud with Eddie, which a lot of people are talking about. What is it that excites you most about the feud?

Moose: He's one of the best wrestlers in the world, which obviously helps me as a performer and helps me in what I do.

Your career has been fantastic with Impact, you have achieved so much in such a short period, achieving gold so many times already. Is there an accomplishment that you're most proud of at this point?

Moose: I'm proud of everything I do. Every time I step into a ring and perform I am absolutely proud of that moment.

You were the PWI Rookie Of The Year a couple of years ago, and I think you reached number 55 last year on the PWI chart last year. Is that something that meant a lot to you?

Moose: I don't really follow that stuff. Being Rookie Of The Year, that was a big accomplishment if you look at all the wrestlers that have gotten that award. But I don't really care about stuff like that, I just try to get better every time I get into the ring and work on things that I think I need to work on. Keep things that I'm doing fresh.

Did you want to be a wrestler before you joined the NFL?

Moose: Yes, definitely. Wrestling is something that I knew I wanted to do. I just didn't know how and when I was going to get into it because of the NFL.

What was the specific era or match that drew you into wrestling?

Moose: It was definitely was the early 90s, maybe 1991, 1992. I don't think that era was called a name. Watching Ric Flair do his thing, the '92 [Royal] Rumble, that's when I fell in love with it and decided that was something I wanted to do.

I believe you were trained by Mr. Hughes, that was his era as well. When you were training with Mr. Hughes, how did you find him in the first place?

Moose: Google. I Googled wrestling schools in the area. At the time I was living in Atlanta, Georgia and that came up. It was a pretty easy decision.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Downtown Magazine, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer. Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.
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