When asked about leaving TNA, Kazarian, one half of Bad Influence, said he no longer recognized the company he came up in. Due to a near complete shift in management and severe talent cutbacks, the promotion has taken on the look of a younger but less noticeable group of up-and-coming stars.
Now, Christopher Daniels, the other half of Bad Influence, gives his take on the situation to BetweenTheRopes.com:
If he saw the writing on the wall that he might not be re-signed by TNA Wrestling:
I had heard as early as January that there were plans for me to not get re-signed. And when I would read those things I thought to myself now that can't be right. I mean, we're (Bad Influence) still and entertaining tag-team, we're still wrestling good. I don't recall even coming through the curtain after a match and having the powers that be sort of be upset about the way my matches were going. When I heard those stories, I even made comments on Twitter about it, when I started hearing them. I thought to myself that's just scuttlebutt, that's just people assuming the worst. But here were are in May and that's exactly the way it went down. I was sort of trying to see a positive in it or at least hold out hope and I ended up being incorrect in that respect.
If all things were equal, did he want to stay with TNA Wrestling:
Yeah I would have been happy to stay there. I was really happy that they gave us the opportunity to wrestle together, Frankie and myself. I thought when we were given the opportunity to shine we did. Like I said, I don't ever recall a situation where they gave us the ball and we fumbled it. And if there was, they never really specified or said to us this isn't working. And I said to them previously use us the way you see fit. If you think we're better off separate then split us up. If you think we're better as faces than heels, turn us babyface because basically the talent serves at the leisure of the creative team. And I was never like I'm not going to do this, I'm not going to do this! But I put the ball in their court and waited for something to come around and nothing ever really did.
We'll have to take his word for it that that's how it happened but if his price tag wasn't too high, it's a shame to think TNA wouldn't find value in a wrestler who was totally willing to do whatever he was asked, including breaking up a highly entertaining tag team he was clearly having tons of fun working within.