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Wealthy Swann is using a wave proper now. On March 13, the high-flying professional wrestler defeated Moose to change into the undisputed Influence world wrestling champion. And whereas that was no imply feat, he’s now set to tackle an important match of his profession as a result of, in a historic professional wrestling precedent, the Influence world champion will face the AEW champion, Kenny Omega, in a title for title, interpromotional match on the Rebellion pay-per-view on April 24. Whereas Swann has held titles in a number of promotions, boasting a powerful resume that features the WWE Cruiserweight championship and the RCW Cruiserweight, it’s accepted that titles are usually solely contested inside the confines of the promotion that they belong to. So, an Influence vs. AEW championship match throws away such custom, and poses some thrilling prospects.
May Omega take the Influence Wrestling gold over to AEW? May Swann take Omega’s coveted AEW strap and put on it at future Influence Wrestling occasions? Swann shares his ideas on a spread of matters, together with his attitudes towards well being and health, how he obtained began with sports activities leisure, and whether or not or not he’s prepared for a match that your complete professional wrestling world shall be watching.
When did you first uncover that you just had an inherent ability for the high-flying model of professional wrestling?
It got here at a really younger age. After I was younger my brother launched me to skilled wrestling, and seeing guys like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera within the WCW cruiserweight division, it made me really feel like I used to be watching actual life ninjas. They had been like actual life superheroes, like Energy Rangers, doing all these loopy issues. So, at 5 years previous, I used to be doing backflips off the sofa [laughs]. I by no means took gymnastics. It was troublesome to get into sports activities while I used to be in highschool, as a result of by that point, I used to be already wrestling. In Pennsylvania, they’ve a state athletic fee, and in case you are part of any paid sport, you can’t take part in any sort of athletics inside the faculty board. I used to be self-taught, and I’ve at all times cherished the dare satan side of high-flying.
You might be a type of professional wrestler’s who’s simply as thrilling throughout your entrance, dancing and interacting with everybody, as you’re while you get contained in the ring. How vital is it for wrestlers to current the total leisure package deal?
You already know, the one factor that I used to be at all times advised is that the very very first thing the viewers goes to see of you, is your ring entrance. That’s the very first impression, so once I come out, I wish to let folks know that they’re in for one hell of a present. You’re about to see one thing that you could be not have ever witnessed earlier than. I attempt to set the bar from the second I stroll out that curtain. It’s helped me, and it’s labored for my profession.
What sorts of meals to you wish to eat?
Proper now, I eat fairly clear, after which I’ll have a cheat day together with my spouse (professional wrestler, Su Yung). However usually, I stick to tuna or tilapia, and rooster breast, I avoid fried meals till the cheat day. Coming into the Rise up pay-per-view, I’m simply making an attempt to eat as clear as attainable.
Professional wrestlers usually have a low-carb food plan, however is that difficult when you find yourself injured or drained, and want the additional vitality. Is it tempting to go over a few of your macro targets?
Sure, certainly. If you’re on a low carb food plan after which you must wrestle, you gotta discover that that vitality. You’ve simply obtained to watch out (to not overdo it) and be devoted. The one one who actually confirmed me that type of dedication was (fellow professional wrestler) Adrian ‘Pac’ Neville. Once we had been in Japan, he instilled in me the dedication to belief within the course of.
It’s well-known that the life of a professional wrestler may be very hectic however for the reason that begin of the pandemic, have you ever discovered that the shortage of working round with fixed journey means you have to burn extra energy in different methods?
Sure, I’ve been doing a whole lot of swimming again dwelling in Florida. With the time without work, I’ve additionally discovered that the swimming helps by way of therapeutic my physique. It’s nice cardio, in order that’s one thing that I’ve been doing extra of lately.
How is your coaching going within the run-up to the large match at Influence Rise up?
I undoubtedly like resistance coaching. After I was loads youthful, I used to attempt to carry as heavy as attainable, however now, having had accidents over time, surgical procedures and issues like that, it modified up my exercise routine and my model, so I do a whole lot of mild lifting, and issues which might be good for the joints. I do a whole lot of stretching and a whole lot of yoga. I’m simply making an attempt to maintain the physique proper.
Your match in opposition to Kenny Omega is rightly huge information. How vital is it to you?
It’s crucial, and its not solely vital for my profession, however I really feel like its vital for the wrestling trade as an entire. The match that everyone goes to witness at Rise up on April 24 simply by no means occurs, this example simply by no means occurs. You may have two world champions, from two totally different corporations, that seem on two totally different tv networks … you simply don’t see it.
For me, if I get the chance to beat Kenny Omega, it is going to solidify me, you recognize what I imply? It will put me proper up there with a whole lot of the greats.
You may have labored very arduous to get to this place in your profession. Do you imagine that tough work pays off?
Sure. I’d say that to anyone. The extra you retain your nostril to the grindstone and bust your butt for what you imagine in, it is going to repay, and I imagine that I’m residing proof of that.
Comply with Influence Wrestling within the USA on AXS TV. Professional wrestling followers within the UK also can watch episodes at no cost on the Impact Plus app. The world can watch Wealthy Swann vs. Kenny Omega on the Rise up pay-per-view on FITE.