Ahead of IMPACT Wrestling’s Slammiversary PPV event, Inside The Ropes’ Liam Alexander-Stewart sat down with former X-Division Champion Rohit Raju to discuss his upcoming Ultimate X match, his dream X-Division opponent and why IMPACT wrestling is underrated and hating on it is simply “the cool thing to do”.
Whilst speaking with Liam Alexander-Stewart on the topic of IMPACT Wrestling’s loyal and passionate fan base, the former X-Divison champion revealed what he believes keeps the IMPACT fans coming back for more commending their attention to the product and stating that if more people simply watched the show they would see how great it is.
“I think these guys realize they actually pay attention to the product and they’re either fans of TNA before or they get captured by our style of professional wrestling. I think we have a great roster. I think more eyes should be on us, I think we’re very underrated when it comes to being a wrestling promotion.”
Rohit continued, revealing that he believes hating on IMPACT Wrestling despite never watching the product is simply the cool thing to do online and creates a very toxic social media experience.
“A lot of fans like to hate on us because it’s the cool thing to do, even though they never pay attention to our product, especially nowadays a professional wrestling fan base, just like any type of social media or fan bases, it can be very toxic.
It’s very whiny at times, at least like 75% of them are never happy. So the instant they look at something like IMPACT that not everyone else likes, not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon they instantly try to crap on it.”
The Mad Dragon expanded, praising the IMPACT audience for their attention to product and praising the IMPACT locker room for its incredible range of talent from wrestlers, production team members and even management itself.
“But our fans know because they pay attention every week and they see the talent, they see how hard we work and they see the great stuff, the content that we put on and we put on a lot of great stuff. We have a lot of great individuals on our roster and production team and management.
So we know we’ve been working really hard to put out great content and I think our fans appreciate that and they stick with us and they want everybody else to realize that as well. It’s just hard. You have to have something that people latch onto and jump on that bandwagon.”
Finally, Rohit Raju would discuss the challenge wrestlers face when it comes to managing social media and naming Danhausen and Ethan Page as two wrestlers he believes have mastered the art of social media.
“Yeah, I feel like social media. I’m not a big fan of social media. I think it’s and there’s a lot of cool things and I’ve met a lot of cool people through social media.
That’s one thing. I do it. I maintain it because it’s a huge tool for professional wrestling. I think it can work really well and you should know how to master if your professional wrestler nowadays you should know how to do social media in some form or fashion.
Ethan Page and Danhausen are two guys that have mastered that and have grown their fanbase and their personas and just their business, I guess you could say, or their brand with social media.
I don’t put as much work in as I should. I just man sometimes I get on Twitter and I instantly get back off because I don’t want to deal with this today.
But I do feel like social media is a huge key to success and a huge tool for success and any type of entertainment aspect or sports and especially professional wrestling. It’s huge. If you can get the followers and the likes on that, make a name for yourself and build your brand, you’re doing the right thing and big things are going to happen for you.”
Thank you to Rohit Raju for taking the time out to speak with us and thank you to IMPACT UK for facilitating our chat with Rohit. You can watch IMPACT Wrestling Slammiversary Saturday, July 17th via FITE and can follow IMPACT Wrestling via social media.
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