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TNA NEWS: Daniels talks top mistake with Claire Lynch; did TNA accomplish its goal with the storyline?

Nov 7, 2012 - 1:23:38 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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TNA wrestler Christopher Daniels says he believes the biggest issue TNA faced with the Claire Lynch storyline earlier this year was not preparing the actress (Julia Reilly) for being involved in a pro wrestling setting.

Daniels, who was a central figure in the Lynch storyline, said during a TNA conference call on Wednesday that Reilly could have been given more information on "what she was getting into" before being thrust into a storyline that was already receiving backlash from TNA viewers.

"It was a gamble to try to put someone in that position that wasn't a wrestler," Daniels said. "I felt TNA broke new ground trying to make something more personal than professional with the character. And, I think in hindset, it maybe bit us because Claire - (the person playing) the character - was not used to professional wrestling audiences. It's a different audience. And, you hire an actress to be a certain character and actors are used to certain audiences and professional wrestling audiences are completely different than that."

Daniels also commented on Reilly deciding to part ways with TNA prior to the climax of the storyline, which led to TNA quickly writing off the story.

"I'm sure that she was surprised by the reactions to some of the stuff. It sort of prompted her to go her own way a lot earlier than we had expected," Daniels said. "In that respect, we possibly could have prepared her a little better or given her a better idea of what she was in for."

Daniels said he believes the end-goal was realized, though, despite the abrupt ending to the storyline. Daniels said they wanted to make A.J. Styles seem more virtous as a babyface and make Kazarian and he more scummy as heels.

"When you look at the end result, those two goals were met," Daniels opined. "Could it have gone better? Sure. Of course. You have no idea how things are going to go when you get in the ring, but I think for a good while, we had the audience in the palms of our hands."

[ FYI: Daniels's conference call was to promote Sunday's TNA Turning Point PPV, where Daniels and Kazarian will be challenging Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez for the Tag Titles. ]


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