Former ECW Champion Says He Won't Be at TNA 'Hardcore Justice' PPV
The former ECW World Heavyweight Champion says he hasn't been contacted to be a part of the Aug. 8 show, but he doesn't want to be either and simply isn't interested in the ECW reunion.
"I'm so far removed from that whole ECW scene," Corino told FanHouse. "I don't think the ECW guys think I'm an ECW guy and it's all good. I like what I'm doing now. I never wanted to do the One Night Stands or Hardcore Homecomings and stuff like that. It was awesome for the time I was there but it's over!"
The idea for doing the reunion show came about from Tommy Dreamer who sold TNA president Dixie Carter on it, and the company turned it into a storyline on last Thursday's edition of "Impact!"
It's a concept that WWE -- which owns the rights to ECW -- has done before with the "ECW: One Night Stand" pay-per-view in 2005 and again the following year using wrestlers from the original extreme promotion. So Corino isn't even sure why TNA has decided to do their own version of it rather than focusing on TNA talents.
"I don't get it," said Corino. "It's just not my thing. To me, ECW was so cool and I had so much fun there and I learned so much. But it was two years of my life. I appreciated every opportunity that it gave me and all the doors it opened for me. The bottom line is unless Paul (Heyman) is doing everything, I don't get it. I can't see how it's going to be successful. I hope it's good but I just can't see how it's going to be.
"Nothing against Tommy or Raven or any of those guys but they're 10 years older. TNA should be more of an alternative than going back in time."
Another person that will not be a part of "Hardcore Justice" is Paul Heyman, who was the owner and creative mind behind the original ECW before it went out of business in 2001. Heyman has stated that he will not be at the show and is not interested in being a part of the storyline either.
However, Heyman is in talks with Carter about joining TNA in a management position which would include taking over the creative direction of the promotion. Corino -- along with many others -- believes that TNA should make that happen.
"If he was given full power, that company would be awesome. You can't have a booking staff. It has to be Paul's show to really, really take it to the next level."