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Published on November 10th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Exclusive: 7 Questions With IMPACT Wrestling Star Moose

IMPACT Wrestling — which airs every Thursday night (10 p.m. ET) on Pop TV across the U.S. — is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada for a three-night stand at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Nov. 11-13. And one of the top names on the IMPACT roster is Moose, who played 62 games in the NFL from 2006 to 2012 after a stellar career at Syracuse University.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Moose — a former two-time IMPACT Grand Champion — by phone, and below are some of the highlights from that chat. Moose can be followed on Twitter via @TheMooseNation and on Instagram as @MooseNation69, while IMPACT is set to return to Vegas with another stand at Sam’s Town on February 15-17, 2019; IMPACT fans can also check out the upcoming Homecoming pay-per-view on January 6th, which will be taking place in Nashville.

I’m sure a lot of your teammates in the NFL also wanted to go into wrestling, but you’re the guy who actually did it. Did you have teammates reaching out asking you how they themselves can get into the business?

Moose: Absolutely not. I mean, to be honest with you, a lot of people don’t have the passion to do it. I didn’t have a lot of teammates who wanted to do it. I had teammates that would go through wrestling shows with me but none of them actually wanted to wrestle — it was a form of entertainment [to them].

Another thing that stands out about you besides being a decorated athlete before you entered the business is your passion for fashion. When did that start?

Moose: It’s something that I’ve been intrigued by since my NFL days. It’s funny that once I made a change in character, people were like “Oh man, he can dress.” I’ve been one of those guys that was always fashion-envious and always wore stuff.

Does that lead you to say, “Hey, I should have my own fashion line?”

Moose: Maybe when I’m done with wrestling we’ll see. But as of right now, I’ll just keep having my designer send me stuff that he thinks I would look good in and just keep wearing it. But you never know, down the road that might be something I want to do and have my own fashion line. We’ll see.

Are there other paths or careers that you’re even thinking about beyond wrestling?

Moose: Yeah, there are things I’ve thought about doing, but right now I want to put my main focus on pro wrestling and go with that. I don’t want to have too many things going at the same time where I lose focus on what’s important. So I’d rather just stay focused on wrestling and go from there.

So ultimately is there something that you wish more people knew about Moose?

Moose: Other than that I have a great fashion sense, that I can play the piano. I don’t know how important that is, but I can play the piano. That’s probably about it..

Well on the piano end, do you think we may hear recordings by you anytime soon?

Moose: I might play piano for one of my entrances. We’ll see. Maybe Slammiversary in July.

So finally, Moose, any last words for the kids?

Moose: Stay in school and don’t buy guns.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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