Heath says he crossed an item off his bucket list of goals for his time in IMPACT when he won the tag titles with Rhino.
The duo won the titles on the October 20 episode of IMPACT Wrestling. In doing so, they captured their second set of tag team championships, having previously won the gold in WWE; they won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament in 2016.
Speaking on Cultaholic’s Desert Island Graps, Heath discussed the victory and emphasized his friendship with Rhino. He made it clear that winning the titles with Rhino had been his goal since he arrived in IMPACT in 2020.
"It’s a beautiful thing. I love that guy. He’s one of my best friends in the world, inside the ring and outside the ring. We’re buddies, man. I never know my life thought like me and Rhino, ECW crazy 'Man Beast', we’re gonna be best buds one day. Never in my life thought it, but damn it, it came, and it’s here. My kids literally call him Uncle Rhino, legit call him ‘Uncle Rhino’. It’s just one of those things where like man, I love him to death. This was actually a goal two years ago. Soon as we got into IMPACT, well me, personally, with Slammiversary two years ago, and then I got to Bound For Glory, got hurt, all the bull crap that happens with all that, my goodness it was a pain. But this was a goal for me and him years ago in IMPACT. It was one of those things where hell, men, we got gold here. Let’s get some gold here, you know. Let’s have some fun with it. Then two years pretty much later, it finally happened. Woo," Heath said.
When asked whether it took a lot of persuasion to get Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore to put the duo back together, Heath noted that the reunion had been a slam dunk since his IMPACT debut. The veteran noted that he and Rhino both dealt with injuries, so their triumphant comeback was somewhat delayed.
"No, man. Not at all. It was one of those things where when I got there, it was just already a layup. So we tried it, but then j had to get injured, and then we tried it again, then he had to get hurt. So then again, third time’s a charm, I guess. So it finally worked out and everything. But no, this was a bucket list goal for me, for IMPACT, from the get-go. I just can’t believe it took this long to finally get there just because of injuries," he said.
Heath and Rhino will defend the titles at IMPACT Wrestling Overdrive. More information is available here.
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