Brian Fritz sent out the following:
D’Lo Brown talks with Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com about returning to the ring after a four year break, his time both in and out of the ring with TNA Wrestling, if he was interested in wrestling again when asked, his release from TNA, if he would be open to working there or the WWE again, wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling and his love affair for Japanese wrestling, why he doesn’t wrestle indies in the United States much, getting back in shape, the WWE Network and more.
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Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On whether or not he was open to getting back in the ring while working with TNA Wrestling after not wrestling for four years: I was open to doing it. I told them I didn’t mind doing it on short stints which was fine with me. I’m the most comfortable in the ring so there was never a nerve issue (of returning to the ring) at all. I was just more worried about could I still perform at the level that I knew I could, that I used to. That was answered pretty quickly. So, from that point on, I had no problems getting back in the ring and having fun.
If he realized he missed being in the ring: Yes. I think it was that match with Kurt Angle, that night in the hotel I was like ‘you know, there’s something about that’. Wrestling’s a weird thing … once you have it in your blood, it may go to sleep for a little while but it wakes right back up. I missed it a lot.
On being back in the ring with All Japan Pro Wrestling and not working in the United States: I’ve always had a love affair for Japan. It was a place that gave me creativity to work the way I wanted to and not be constrained. And besides, I’m not going to hold any punches, I’m a little older so most companies in America aren’t even interested in a little older wrestler but in Japan your age is revered. It was a nice, easy place to go to, nice transition and I’m very comfortable with that style. It was easy to fit right back in.