TJ Perkins spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News and asked asked when he found out that the winner of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic would also become the WWE Cruiserweight Champion. “Pretty much when everybody saw the belt along with me in front of everybody,” Perkins said. “I didn’t get a chance to see it or understand that that was what the stakes are. You get a feeling that a lot of this stuff is going to be correlated and, definitely, winning the tournament is going to mean something, but until everyone has a chance to see it … I found out like everyone else.”
Perkins was also asked what he expects it will be like having the cruiserweight division on WWE Raw. “I always liked being able to do things that my heroes did and accomplish certain things and being in those atmospheres because that’s what my heroes did,” he said. “I like following in their footsteps. Now, to be the first of something, to be at the start of a new path that’s going to define and inspire a generation, that’s opening gates for something. I don’t want to make it sound too epic but I don’t know how else to describe it. That’s kind of what it is. I can’t even begin to describe what that’s like and the magnitude of that. It’s a special time. I’ve been saying it this whole time: This is a special time. This tournament is going to be something that history looks back on and it’s going to be more than just a footnote. To have gone this far and come out of it how I did, I couldn’t have imagined that in a million years.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.
Powell’s POV: Fritz and Perkins covered a lot of ground in the interview. They spoke about everything from working with Triple H and other WWE office workers, the CWC locker room, being kicked by Kota Ibushi, and much more. It’s a good interview that is definitely worth checking out.