10 Questions With... Kenny King

Find out what Kenny King’s most embarrassing moment in wrestling is, his message to fans who disapprove of his recent attitude change, his thoughts on facing Jushin “Thunder” Liger at Death Before Dishonor and more.

1. If you weren’t wrestling what would you be doing for a living?

I’ve always been drawn to theatrics and physicality. So I would have either been a household-name NFL player or acting in your favorite sitcom.

2. What is the best advice you’ve been given about the wrestling business and who gave it to you?

I’ve been blessed. I’ve gotten invaluable advice from Hall of Fame sources. I mean, I was taught the art of the promo by the legendary Nick Bockwinkel. However, I’ll never forget what D-Lo Brown told me. “Never wrestle down to a guy.  If he can't keep up, leave his ass behind.”

3. What is your most embarrassing moment in pro wrestling?

My second-ever ROH match was in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. It was “Man Up.” I was in a tag team match with my partner Chasyn Rance against BJ Whitmer and Brent Albright. Chasyn had been getting his butt kicked pretty good. He found an opening and tagged me. I was fresh so I was doing my thing, sticking and moving, popping the big guys and keeping my distance. I found myself on the apron and readied myself to perform a springboard blockbuster on one of my opponents, and never quite stuck the springboard and crashed into the ring in front of a tough Chicago crowd. Yikes!

4. Which actor would play you in “The Kenny King Story?”

I think the only actor cool enough to completely capture who Kenny King is would be the one and only Idris Elba.

5. What’s a subject you’d like to know more about?

I’d like to be able to learn more survival and wilderness techniques. Like how to capture rain water and grow certain foods.

6. What’s something that’s popular that you just don’t see the appeal of?

Two things: Fortnite and rainbow-color-haired rappers.

7. Do you have a favorite quote?

“When somebody shows you who they really are, believe them.” Maya Angelou.

8. What have you learned about yourself from your experiences on dating reality shows?

I’ve learned that I possess an incredible amount of patience. But I already knew that from fatherhood.

9. What would you say to the fans who might be disappointed by your recent bending of the rules?

I would ask them to check their compasses. I would ask them why do they exalt Ric Flair for using whatever dirty means he could to win the championship 16 times. I would ask them why do they cheer a self-professed “Villain” like Marty Scurll for his dirty tactics and boo me when I take a page out of that playbook. Why is it OK for some and not others? As far as I'm concerned, I’ve been WINNING, and at the end of the day all the fans and matchmakers at ROH care about, is winning.

10. What are your thoughts about facing Jushin “Thunder” Liger at Death Before Dishonor on Sept. 28?

I don't know if I’ve ever been more honored at just a match announcement. I can’t imagine the pride and honor and humility I will feel just being able to step in the ring with a legend like Liger one on one. I am proud to be the one that Jushin “Thunder” Liger passes on the torch to. It’s not like physically he has a chance to beat me, so I will be honored to pin him after a spirited exhibition. I mean, come on, it’s not like he has a choice here.