I was lucky enough to interview two of the wrestlers who will be competing in this weekend’s Ring of Honor 16th Anniversary show at Sam’s Town Live and on PPV. First, I asked current ROH champ a few questions. Here’s the first one:
Can you tell me about Dalton Castle’s road from Catalina Island (his billed hometown) to the ROH championship?
Do you want to know about the ferry ride, the flight, the long ride, how it never seemed impossible?
I never really planned on being a professional wrestler. I was an NCAA wrestler in college, a student in broadcasting and the theater, and the second I graduated, it became apparent I had been training to be a wrestler my entire life by surrounding myself with people who were wrestlers, learning how to use my body as an amateur wrestler, learning how to emote and perform in theater. But it took a friend who was already a wrestler to say you’d be perfect at this.
The second I tried it I loved it, and I ended up being really damn good at it.
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Dalton was a blast to talk to. I then had a good conversation with Kelly Klein, who is one of the favorites to win the tournament that will crown a new Women of Honor champion. A sample:
Can you explain why you’re the gatekeeper?
I am the gatekeeper because I am the person that everyone has to go through to show that they can handle themselves and be successful in Ring of Honor. If someone hasn’t faced me, they haven’t really been tested or proven. I’m the one person who has never been pinned [or] submitted in nearly three years in Ring of Honor.
Read more: Wrestler Kelly Klein Is Playing From Her Own Rulebook
Klein has a great story that I’m really glad to help her share. Overall, looks like an exciting weekend of wrestling in Las Vegas, with the ROH PPV followed by a TV taping on Saturday at Sam’s Town, with Future Stars of Wrestling’s big Mecca II event at the Cannery on Sunday.
My second ROH interview is with Bully Ray, who needs no introduction, but got one anyway:
There, the Dudley Boyz (as he and D-Von were known) helped to redefine tag-team wrestling. In 2005, the pair jumped ship to rival Total Nonstop Action, where they were known as Team 3D. Renaming himself Bully Ray after splitting with Brother Devon, Bully captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice before reuniting with D-Von in the WWE. Earlier this year, he arrived in Ring of Honor wrestling, where he captured the Six-Man Tag Team Championship with the Briscoe brothers, Jay and Mark. Bully and the Briscoes have the opportunity to reclaim their championship at the upcoming Death Before Dishonor XV Pay-Per-View, which originates from Sam’s Town Live right here in Las Vegas on September 22.
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Death Before Dishonor should be a good show, to say the least.
My latest for Vegas Seven is a pair of interview with ROH wrestlers. The first I’m sharing today is with Kenny King:
Kenny King has shown the world many faces: aspiring sports entertainer, reality show contestant, multiple-time wrestling champion. A participant on the WWE-produced Tough Enough and cast member of the most recent season of The Bachelorette, the two-time TNA Wrestling X-Division champion is currently with Ring of Honor. At their Death Before Dishonor Pay-Per-View on September 22, he challenges Japanese sensation Yujiro Kushida for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship. The Las Vegas resident takes a few moments to reflect on his career, his adopted hometown and giving back.
Read more: Hometown Hero Kenny King Preps for the Fight of His Career – Vegas Seven
Very interesting guy. Amusing coincidence: we both apparently moved to Las Vegas in the same year.
If you’re a Ring of Honor fan, you should like this. In advance of this Friday’s PPV and Saturday’s TV Tapings, I’ve got interviews with three prominent ROH personalities: Adam Cole, the reigning ROH champion; Christopher Daniels, his challenger; and Joe Koff, ROH COO:
On March 10, the company, which bills itself as providing “the best wrestling on the planet,” is holding its 15th anniversary show. Available on pay-per-view for those who can’t make it to Boulder Highway, the show’s main event will feature “Almighty” Christopher Daniels, who wrestled in the first main event of the first Ring of Honor card, squaring off against world champion Adam Cole. Should Daniels prevail, the “Ring General” will capture his first ROH world championship.
Read more: Prominent Ring of Honor Stars Weigh in on Its 15th Anniversary Show
Here are the links to the interviews
Three very different personalities, to say the least. It was great to ask each of them (roughly) seven questions and get their very different perspectives on this weekend.
Each of the three had one thing in common, though: a deep, deep passion for wrestling. These guys absolutely love what they do, and it shows.
If you are in Las Vegas, I highly recommend checking out ROH this weekend at Sam’s Town. And if you’ve got time on Sunday, FSW is running a show there that is sure to be excellent as well.
So far we’ve had a WWE event that saw Bayley capture her first women’s championship and the heartbreaking end to Chris Jericho’s Festival of Friendship. ROH is putting on two solid nights this week, and FSW and other local organizations are showing great talent too. It is shaping up to be a very good year for professional wrestling fans in Las Vegas.