D’Lo Brown has revealed his nervousness about taking up the mantle of colour commentator in IMPACT and how he sought out inspiration and guidance for the role!
Speaking to Innes McVey of Inside The Ropes during the IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass, the former Aces and Eights Vice President was asked if he was nervous leading up to his commentary debut at Hard To Kill and if he looked to the likes of Tazz or Samoa Joe for inspiration or even advice.
D’Lo responded that he was, of course, nervous and that those nerves only pushed him to deliver at the highest possible level:
“You’re always nervous, if you say you’re not nervous then it’s time to retire and get out of this business. You don’t want to go out there and get the mic and just mess up. I mean this is live TV and there’s a lot of people out there listening to you and judging you for being the new guy on the block, so you really wanna go on your A-game.
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Posted by IMPACT Wrestling on Thursday, February 4, 2021
He went on to discuss how he prepared for his new position by seeking advice from various people he trusts from within his inner circle:
“I talked to some people who I feel confident in with their advice and I leaned on them for their guidance and leaned on them for some inspiration on how to do things. I’m not gonna go into all the people I leaned on because if I say one, I’ll forget three others. But if you’re not nervous when you go out there to do anything when the camera’s on, then it’s time to quit being in this business.”
D’Lo Brown has a sizeable history with IMPACT, competing for the promotion when it was known as NWA Total Nonstop Action as well as during the early days of TNA IMPACT before leaving in 2004. D’Lo would return to the company twice: First as their lead agent in 2009 – later taking up an on-screen role as a member of the notorious Aces and Eights before his release in 2013 – and again in 2019 as a producer.
He now serves as one half of the company’s commentary team alongside Matt Striker, having made the move from their Hard To Kill pay-per-view last month onwards.
Elsewhere on the media call, Tommy Dreamer expressed his excitement on the budding partnership between IMPACT and All Elite Wrestling as well as revealing how he was prepared for a real riot at In Your House 10: Mind Games! You can watch the Press Pass call in its entirety above.