After leaving WWE in 2014, the former Brodus Clay headed to IMPACT Wrestling and out onto the independent scene before landing in the NWA in March 2021.
The controversial star then went on to win the World Television Title before winning the Worlds Heavyweight Championship in November 2022, a title he still holds. Despite this success, the star known as Tyrus has been routinely criticised for his in-ring performances.
His status came back into the spotlight in recent days after NWA boss Billy Corgan declared that you can’t be a wrestling fan if you don’t like Tyrus. Unsurprisingly, these comments were laughed off by thousands of fans online.
During an interview with MuscleManMalcom, Tyrus has now weighed in on the situation, taking aim at “internet geeks” in the process.
“I just laugh,” he said. “Billy always tries to be room temperature. If you look at every historic moment in pop culture, he’s there. Dennis Rodman disappears, who is in the car? Billy Corgan. He’s like the guy you see in black and white pictures from World War II, just chilling. For him to take up arms for me, like I said, ‘Boss, you don’t have to fight my battles. If they hate me and are still watching me, it’s all good.’
If you are a wrestling fan, come boo me, I don’t care, most people cheer me, it doesn’t make no difference to me. I appreciate. It’s less of fans and it’s more of the internet geeks and internet guys who are 45 years old and they write fantasy wrestling stories. I’m not really upset about that. I give zero [f*cks] about that. It gives attention and buzz and everyone talks about it.
If you’ve been to a show and they’re cheering and asking me to kiss babies on the head and grandmas jumping up trying to show me love, I only care about the people that watch and buy tickets. Some jackass on the computer, hate me. I know what you cheer for, I love it, bring it. Boo me, whatever.”
Tyrus continued by calling out wrestlers who criticise him on social media. HE closed by simply saying: “To the trolls on the internet, kiss my entire ass.”
“Here is another thing. There are a couple of wrestlers who chime in. You get all those people who hate on Tyrus to follow me. Let’s see your numbers jump up with the masses of people who hate me, and I’ll give you a title shot. I don’t care who you are. When you only get 12 more likes and four are from family members, you get nothing. They don’t equate to anything.
Social media is only real if you are into social media, and I’m not. Pick anybody on the roster, you haters get behind him, and we’ll give him a shot. I bet you won’t. That takes hard work, coordination, and intelligence to pick somebody and y’all get together.”
Tyrus open To WWE Return
Speaking in a different interview back in April, Tyrus revealed that he would be open to returning to WWE, although he has little interest in a long-term run.
Tyrus performed with WWE from 2006 until 2014.
H/t to Fightful