Find out The Villain’s thoughts on facing NJPW star Kazuchika Okada at All In, which WWF stars fascinated him as a kid, the status of his relationship with Flip Gordon and more.
1. What is your earliest memory of pro wrestling?
I started watching at a very early age, maybe 5 years old. I remember watching old British wrestling tapes and being mesmerized, and then watching American wrestling, guys like [Hulk] Hogan and Undertaker and being blown away. How could Hulk be so strong? How could Undertaker feel no pain? It was all very fascinating to me.
2. What's the best advice you've been given about the wrestling business and who gave it to you?
If you want to be extraordinary, you have to do extraordinary things. No idea where I heard that, so I’ll take credit for it.
3. What is your most embarrassing moment in pro wrestling?
Losing my [IWGP] Junior Heavyweight Title to Will Ospreay. But we won’t talk about that.
4. What's something that’s popular that you just don’t get?
I’d like to think I'm open-minded to everything. If something’s popular, I may not be into it, but I wouldn't say I don't get it. If it makes someone happy how could I not get it? Different people like different things. I like wrestling and a lot of people obviously don’t, but I hope they’d understand that is my passion and is what I love. And vice versa.
5. What's a subject you’d like to know more about?
Languages. I would like to be able to speak Japanese.
6. Who is your favorite movie or comic book villain?
I’m not sure you can beat Heath Ledger's Joker.
7. How would you describe your relationship with Flip Gordon at the moment?
8. What are your thoughts about facing New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Kazuchika Okada at All In on Sept. 1?
It’s a great opportunity to show the world what I’m capable of. A lot of times this year I’ve been in big tag matches or multi-mans, which are fun, but I believe I thrive in singles competition. It’s going to be special.
9. The Honor Re-United UK tour is coming up in in a little over a week. Can you put into words what it feels like for you to compete in an ROH ring in front of your countrymen?
My country-numpties, you mean? It's always a pleasure and a huge buzz to perform in my country, but especially being able to bring ROH with me to show the UK numpties what not only “The Villain” is about, but ROH, too.
10. Any final words for The Villain Club?
Thank you to my fans who continue to support me. I will always do my best to provide something a little different, always up the ante and to hopefully make wrestling not only cool again, but fun. I cannot do that without you, so thank you from the one true villain.