In an interview prior to signing with the NWA, Kerry Morton discusses factors that led to his decision to put pen to paper. Also, Morton discusses Tyrus being the NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Kerry Morton became the NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion at Hard Times 3. At that point, he had not yet signed with the NWA. During an interview that was recorded at WrestleCade 2022, Morton tells Sean Ross Sapp that he was definitely considering signing with the NWA, citing a partnership with AAA Lucha Libre and the desire to eventually hold the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship as potential reasons that could sway him to sign on the dotted line.
"So as of right now, November 26, 2022, I am on a freelance basis, but I think the confidence is coming through," he said. "NWA is growing. We have some crazy things coming up, especially the partnership with AAA, if you haven’t seen. So I think I might sign on board with the National Wrestling Alliance and because, although I’m the Junior Heavyweight Champion and I weight a little close to 200 pounds, I want the Ten Pounds of Gold and Tyrus, I’ll kick your knees out. I’m just joking. I’m not gonna."
Speaking about Tyrus, who captured the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship on the same night that Morton became the Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kerry says they trained together leading to Hard Times 3 and gave the former Brodus Clay props for his commitment and hard work, asking fans who have reservations about Tyrus as Champion to give him a chance.
"Listen, can I give some room to Tyrus right quick? Can I give some credibility to him? I’m gonna tell you this—I trained with Tyrus leading into Hard Times 3. He came down to the school of Morton in Chuckey, Tennessee and I trained with him. He cut some weight. Mind you, Tyrus lost close to 50 pounds from NWA 74 to NWA Hard Times, which is a tremendous amount of weight, especially for a man of that caliber," said Morton. "I gotta tell you, he beat the living shit out of me in a good sense. We worked hard. So you hear these ideas upon, ‘What can Tyrus do as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion?’ Shadow of a doubt, I’m just asking the viewers out there to give him a chance. Give him a chance, I’m not saying bet on him. I’m saying give him a chance, give him an opportunity, give him a little time. See what happens. That’s all I can ask for from a wrestling fan, so I’m asking. Maybe this guy just needs a little time."
Shortly after this interview was recorded, Morton did, in fact, sign a deal with the NWA. Fans can read his comments on signing here.
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