AEW famous person and present FTW champion Ricky Starks just lately appeared on the Wrassle Rap podcast to debate his journey in direction of being a pro-wrestler, and the way he sees a parallel between his life, and the lifetime of hip-hop icon, Kanye West. Highlights from the interview are beneath.
On the parallels he sees between himself and well-known musician Kanye West:
The parallels for me, a minimum of for the primary episode of ‘jeen-yuhs’ [Kanye West documentary] and my profession, additionally ties into, you simply stated one thing, ‘Are you okay with the alternatives you’ve given?’ Principally, you’re saying, ‘For those who aren’t given alternatives, are you okay with that?’ They go hand-in-hand so far as parallels in my wrestling profession. I’m completely not completely happy or good with a ceiling alternative. If I can’t get past that ceiling alternative, I’ll go and make my very own lane and get it accomplished. I do imagine that I will be increased than regardless of the ceiling is. That’s the way it was for Kanye. The most effective half is the place he retailers round his tape and nobody is listening and he retains going. There’s a interval the place I talked about how my Indie profession was flat. I used to be solely huge in my Texas space. Kanye was as huge as he was in Chicago/New Jersey. Even after I wished to buy round my matches, I nonetheless wasn’t heard or seen. That’s the identical method it was for him. It’s cool that his break was with the beats after which with the beats it went to him getting his foot within the door. That’s the identical method it occurred for me after I went from wrestling and posting it on-line, somebody liking that, then I bought my foot within the NWA and I stated, ‘I can wrestle, now watch me lower a promo.’ It went from Jesus Walks to Exercise Plan to Sluggish Jamz, it’s a continuing factor. After I have a look at that and have a look at the documentary for ‘jeen-yuhs,’ I feel,’ that’s me. On Late Registration, Kanye talks about how he felt on Spaceship the place he’s working at Hole and that wasn’t the place he wished to be and he knew his future was greater for him, however he saved the work on within the background. That’s what I associated to. When Kanye talks about how him and his woman spent the evening at KFC on Contact The Sky, that (track) represents me falling via the cracks, not likely given an opportunity, however nonetheless preserving at it and wrestling the way in which I like when individuals are beginning to catch on. The similarities are too good and too huge for me to disregard. That’s the explanation I like Kanye West.
Remembers the final job he had earlier than changing into a full-time wrestler:
I used to be working for a start-up and it was an opulent job, working for dwelling, paid for all the pieces, however it was nonetheless an workplace job. I went to Japan and needed to give up. Earlier than I give up I keep in mind saying to myself, ‘this would be the final time I ever work a 9 to five.’ I give up, got here again dwelling, and bought the gig with NWA. That final job was my Hole second of, ‘I don’t prefer it, it’s okay, however it ain’t for me.’ There was a time the place in 2015-16, I labored at an alarm firm gross sales job and it as observing a cubicle all day and also you hit these numbers and say these items, all this BS. I keep in mind working at this job sooner or later and never getting any calls, no calls got here via. I hated it and thought the product was a rip-off, so I might by no means promote it to individuals as a result of it was dishonest to me.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)