Source: Paul Guzzo The Tampa Tribune
Earlier this week, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries talked with Paul Guzzo of The Tampa Tribune. Topics discussed during the interview included what it takes to be a professional wrestler, what wrestlers have to fundamentally do in the ring, and in-ring storytelling. Highlights of the interview are included below, though we encourage you to check out the entire interview by clicking here. Enjoy!
On What It Takes to Be a Professional Wrestler
This business is like no other. It is awesome to be a part of. But it is also difficult. If you don’t love it, you should seek another career. It takes real dedication.
On What Wrestlers Have to Do Fundamentally in the Ring
We need to make it believable. Just going out there and flipping around and hitting each other in the head aren’t enough. Each wrestler needs to know who he is and who his opponent is and put together a story line that makes sense and gets the crowd excited and invested in who wins and loses.
On In-Ring Storytelling
If my opponent just smashed my leg, it wouldn’t make much sense for me to be leaping through the air seconds later. It sounds simple, but some wrestlers get caught up in the moment and forget the basics of storytelling.