What about AEW? What do you think of their product so far, and is Tony Khan also in touch with you?
I love the idea of AEW. I love the concept of Tony Khan going out of his way to provide alternative pro wrestling, and I think it’s beautiful. And, what he’s done with the company is great, and I really, really like what they’re doing. And so, unfortunately, I haven’t really had much communication with these guys here recently, although I would never say never. Like I said, in this business, there are always ups and downs to change, and if they want me to be part of their product, then if the opportunity arises, then I would love to. But, as of now, I really like AEW. I think that’s great. A lot of my friends are wrestling there and under contract there, and I couldn’t be happier for them. So, I love this AEW, and something about NWA is that they offer a bit of everything.
You’ve got top flight, you’ve got technique, you’ve got ground and weight, you’ve got big guys, you’ve got heavyweight. In AEW, in All Elite Wrestling, you offer everything. And, I’m proud of the southern pro wrestling, old school mentality, similar to FTR. So that’s something that I’m really proud of, and that’s something that I hope they start to value more in AEW is the old school mentality, the narrative wrestling. Because I think art is beautiful, and when it’s done right, it’s so appealing to a national audience. So hopefully never say never. If the opportunity arises, for now, I’m not under contract anywhere, but who’s to say I won’t be? So if something comes up and they want a pro wrestler from the South who loves this craft and is willing to do a lot to excel in this craft, then by all means.
You mentioned earlier in an interview that you would like to cut your own stone in the business. What kind of aspects inherited from your father would you like to keep to carry on in your own personality and identity in wrestling?
Yeah, you know that’s a great question. First and foremost, what comes to mind is the art of selling. Selling is something my dad is notoriously known and excels at [at]. Besides being one of the greatest tag teams of all time – and that’s not necessarily my opinion, it’s from others. And, I take that into consideration, it’s the art of working together as a team, which is so, so beautiful. And, I can talk to my dad about it every week and every day, and that’s it, our conversations are really about wrestling now, which is great. But, I like the idea of selling, and I don’t think the art of selling is dead. I just think people don’t know how to do it right. Ultimately, ultimately, they didn’t have the proper training, they didn’t have anyone to take their time with me, like somebody was taking their time, like my dad was taking their time with me, somehow kind, preparing me for the wrestling career.