In perhaps the most disturbing edition of “10 Questions," Bateman of The Righteous reveals his sinister hidden talent, why watching people is a hobby, why he aligned himself with Vincent, and more.
1. What would you be doing for a living if you hadn’t gone into wrestling?
Probably a tedious manual labor job slowly grinding down my soul and will to live until I died a sad boring death, never having followed my dreams.
2. What’s a subject you’d like to know more about?
True crime or maybe criminal psychology, man. There is something both terrible and incredibly interesting about monsters in human skin.
3. Do you have any hidden talents?
Hiding bodies and passing as a normal member of society.
4. Do you have any hobbies?
Watching horror movies, going to the gym, and watching people to see how I am supposed to fit in.
5. What’s on your bucket list?
Wrestling in Europe and Japan.
6. What’s something popular that you don’t see the appeal of?
Emotional responses to things that aren’t anger, lust or envy.
7. Who is your favorite musical act?
Amigo the Devil, David Bowie, or The Stooges, off the top of my head, man.
8. Do you have a favorite line from a movie or a favorite quote from anyone famous?
“I was born with the devil in me.” -- H.H. Holmes
“I am the devil and I have come to do the devil’s business.” -- Tex Watson
“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” -- Theodore Roosevelt
“Once more into the fray. Into fight, the last good fight I will ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.” - Joe Carnahan
9. What is it about Vincent that makes you want to align yourself with him?
Why is the sky blue and the grass green, man? How does a bumble bee stay in the air when science says it shouldn’t? There are things in this world that just are and are just meant to be. The world turns even though you can’t feel it. This is as it was always meant to be. This was always going to happen, man. I ain’t no sad clown or poor broken soul. I am on a whole other level, man, a different animal completely, and Vincent knows that.
10. What is The Righteous’ mission in ROH?
We were meant to be, man. The funny house reflection of everyday life that everyone tries to ignore because when it gets shown to you suddenly you think it ain’t so fun. We exist beyond the constraints of rules and society, man. We are a force of nature, man. We have come to cull and conquer.