Throughout the duration of TNA, Impact, NWA:TNA and even the short-lived GFW, Abyss has been a constant. He'll remain a constant after signing a new contract with Impact Wrestling several years ago.
In the past couple of years, "The Monster" Abyss has transitioned from a world champion wrestler to a producer and agent, utilizing his two-plus decades of in-ring experience to help out the roster. When speaking to Fightful.com recently, Abyss told us that the decision to stay with Impact was a simple one for him to make.
"I've been here since the beginning, 17 years in the company. I'm proud of all the opportunities I've been given. For me it was a pretty easy decision to come back as a wrestler, and my heavy responsibilities to help out backstage and producing stuff and helping the younger talent. I love the company with all my heart, it was a no-brainer," Abyss said.
Impact Wrestling is hot off of the heels of their widely acclaimed Slammiversary pay-per-view. In watching the event, it was clear to see there was heavy influence from Abyss, with many matches embracing his style of polished hardcore wrestling. Abyss said that standing out in a positive way is an effort that Impact will continue to attempt to make in a crowded field of competitors.
"That show got more buzz than anything we've done in a long time. I look at it as a building block to launch us into Bound For Glory. The feeling is we're going to do some things that other companies aren't doing, to make ourselves different. I think what you saw at Slammiversary will be a mainstay of what we have going forward," he said.
You can see the full interview with the former NWA Champion Abyss above, and Fightful will have more stories in the coming weeks on him.