Professional-wrestling star Matt Taven lately joined the Beneath The Ring podcast to debate plenty of completely different subjects, together with his ideas on his ROH world title reign, how he feels about being blamed for the corporate’s attendance drop at the moment, and the way a lot he’s loved his time at ROH. Highlights from the interview are beneath.
On his run as ROH World champion and whether or not he feels answerable for the numerous drop in attendance at the moment:
That’s an fascinating query [what Matt thinks of his ROH run]. Um, I really feel proud in some ways. On the identical time, I positively really feel like there’s a lot to show nonetheless and I’m nonetheless very — I’m preventing very a lot for it and what I imply by that’s like, say what you need about what ended up taking place with Ring of Honor and lots of people prefer to put that blame on my shoulders and I’ve no downside taking that head-on. On the time, we had simply misplaced the fellows to — we mainly constructed the corporate round for the last few years and you realize, seven, 9, all these — nearly half the roster in a single evening and I vividly bear in mind the exhibits immediately after that, the homes being down and stuff and going into Madison Sq. Backyard, we had already noticed what the primary couple of months have been earlier than that and I actually felt like, all proper, I’ve no downside taking no matter warmth comes with this and I felt like in addition to for one match perhaps, I’m very extraordinarily pleased with what I did with the Ring of Honor World Title however, the time that it occurred, I really feel prefer it perhaps doesn’t get the eye that I really feel prefer it deserves or the appreciation or simply the respect normally.
Says he takes every little thing to coronary heart, however solely has fond reminiscences of working for ROH:
It’s a type of issues that I feel for me personally, I’ve at all times taken issues [to heart] to drive me to get me up within the morning. Nearly that Michael Jordan, ‘I took that personally too’ so like, I take every little thing fairly to coronary heart and I really feel very a lot pleased with what I’ve completed so after I hear anybody query that, I’m like, all proper, effectively return and watch it. I’ll put it up in opposition to anybody so I continually have that feeling at the back of my thoughts to after I’m requested about this grand image about my Ring of Honor run, it’s oddly very a lot centered there as a result of I really feel like I’m nonetheless preventing that battle so, with all of the issues that I ended up doing there that have been completely… I look again and I’m nearly in awe of it as a result of I had such a good time there and was ready to take action a lot. I imply proper from the start, profitable the High Prospect match and the Tv Championship however, me and Mike [Bennett] proving lots of people unsuitable and profitable these tag titles and with the ability to shuttle with Ring of Honor and New Japan after which getting back from damage and doing the Six-Man Title run. There’s so many issues to pleased with and you realize, proper now with issues altering a lot, I really feel like I’m continually pondering of the way it ended greater than the way it went. So I’m positive perhaps years down the road, I’ll be capable of respect it extra however proper now while you ask that query, made me — I haven’t been requested that query so it made me really feel all kinds of how in order that’s about as sincere as I can get. , I feel after I — down the road after I sit again and take a look at it, issues in all probability — I’ll respect them extra however, I feel proper now, I’m nonetheless preventing that battle of one thing to show and particularly with the final — the pandemic years, there’s so many good issues that occurred in Ring of Honor, not only for myself however for different folks that have been there as effectively, that I really feel like simply doesn’t get the credit score that it deserves. So, it’s a type of issues the place… proper now, I positively really feel there’s similar to a factor, like a defensive-proving-ness, nevertheless I can say that after I assume again on Ring of Honor. However on the identical time, every little thing’s simply so recent.
(H/T and transcribed by Put up Wrestling)