RealSport posted a lengthy conversation with Konnan this week and discussed the genesis of LAX in 2005 and his fight to make the faction a reality:
“That was 1000% a shoot. What had happened was, when Billy Gunn got there, Dusty Rhodes wanted to put Billy Gunn and BG (Brian James) together and break us up. We were like ‘Why would you do that? 3LK is over.’ So then he was like ‘Well why don’t we just put him with you guys?’ and I go ‘Bro, that’s not going to work. He does not fit in this group.’ There was nothing against Billy Gunn, he just didn’t fit in with what we were doing. I mean, even though BG is a redneck, he’s also very urban too and Billy Gunn is just a straight white boy, you know what I’m saying. To me, the best way to describe BG is that he’s a cool white boy. You could see him hanging out in a park with some brothers or some Mexicans, plus he was in the Marines, so it’s a very diverse group. I couldn’t see Billy Gunn doing that.
“So we got buried and Jarrett came to us and was like ‘We’re gonna have to break you guys apart’ and I said ‘I knew it, I f**king knew it.’ I said ‘Okay, then let me do something with Ron Killings’ and he goes ‘No, you’re gonna be on your own, you’re gonna do your own thing.’ I said ‘Just let me and Ronnie do something’ and again he said I was gonna be on my own. Ronnie was really good friends with Jeff Hardy and Ronnie was like ‘Well let me do something with Jeff Hardy then’ and Jarrett said no.
“So BG was going to get a partner and they were going to get pushed and me and Ronnie were kind of just left in the cold. So all those LAX promos were real. Everybody is like ‘Oh, those were good promos.’ Yeah, they were good promos because they were real. When I used to say that this company doesn’t look at talent and looks at color, that was how I felt. ‘It’s a company of racists and a country that holds us back but we’re still here and we’re still growing.’ That was what I felt so my promos were very organic and they said ‘Okay, big mouth, pick somebody that you want to wrestle with and let’s see what you can do.’
“I found Homicide, they didn’t want him at the beginning because they said that he was too short and I said ‘We’re not playing basketball here, bro.’ The guy is from the streets, he was in one of the biggest street gangs in New York, The Latin Kings, he’s the real deal. If you think he’s small, run up on him and see what happens. That’s a guy that you don’t want to mess with. I came from a similar background. I was never a gangbanger but I came from the street so I took that street and militant style and made LAX.
“Then we got some other guys that were irresponsible and Hernandez showed up and had a good look so we used Hernandez and it was a perfect fit. But it all came out of a real anger that I had and I felt so bad because they let Ronnie die, they did nothing with him but put him in some ridiculous comedy skits where he was dressed up as a marine and doing lines from a movie and all this other s**t. I felt bad because they used him wrong. That’s where complaining got me somewhere because I kept bitching. ‘If you’re not gonna do anything with me then let me go.’ ‘If you’re not gonna do something with me and Ronnie then f**king let us go.’ Then, I think, just to shut me up, they were like ‘Alright, do what you wanna do.’ I did LAX and it worked.”
A wide range of topics were discussed, from Lucha Underground to GFW to his thoughts on the ongoing anthem protests in the NFL and President Trump’s response to it. To check it out, visit RealSport.
To hear more from Konnan each week, check out his podcast, Keeping It 100 with Konnan.