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Jay Lethal On The Popularity of Wrestling & Being All In

May 16, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Jay Lethal recently spoke with Hollywood Life about the popularity of wrestling today, his wrestling bucket list, being All In, and more…

On The Populkarity of Wrestling: I attribute it to many things. Most importantly and not to pat ourselves on the back, but when you can deliver something that is new and fresh, especially in the wrestling business, then that is going to be of interest. It is going to help the wrestlers as a whole. And some cool things that have been happening and again — not to pat ourselves on the back – but partnerships like ours with New Japan. I think that is the catalyst that helps the wrestling business strive right now. Like I said, when you can bring something to the table that hasn’t been done before and we got these dream matchups, so to speak. Ring of Honor facing guys from New Japan. Who would have ever thought that these matches would have ever happen? – And bang, they are happening. So hopefully, that is something that will help this business and I know other companies are doing that as well. I know Impact is teaming with Lucha Underground to present some matches that haven’t been done before. That is how you really pique the interest of wrestling fans. You have to give them something that they haven’t seen before or something they have seen before but in a way they didn’t think possible or think of before. That would be the main thing helping wrestling right now. I think anyway.

On His Wrestling Bucket List: No, you are going to jinx me here! You know I have, up until now, never set a goal to do anything I have accomplished. I have just been at the right place at the right time. I mean I would have loved to have stepped into the ring with Ric Flair when I was younger and say that was my dream but never once did I do that! I thought it would be amazing if I got to do it and then I got to but I never set a goal to wrestle Kurt Angle on pay per view or work with Kevin Nash. I never set a goal to become the Ring of Honor World Champion. To be a face of a company that is world renowned for its in-ring product…I just have been living in the moment and one day at a time. I feel like I won the lottery and have been very lucky and fortunate. When the camera is on, I say I am the best wrestler in the world. Of course, every wrestler wants to say that but I don’t think I am one of the best wrestlers in the world. I feel like I am very good at what I do and I feel that there are others that are better than me. There are always people better than me and I was always taught that growing up. ‘There will always be someone better than you.’ But, I have been lucky to have had the opportunities and I was able to make it work the best that I could. So, I feel like I have won the lottery. I am afraid to set a goal because I would be jinxing it and it wouldn’t come true. I am too afraid to set a goal for myself.

On All In: This is looking like the show of all shows! I am hoping that this will be a yearly event and I know of all the [wrestlers]… that they are going to try their hardest to make sure that this is one of the greatest events ever. So fingers crossed that it is. I am sure it will be amazing. I don’t know what I am doing just yet on the show but I am sure if the Bucks and Cody are involved, then it will be amazing! You could throw all the names on the wall and throw two darts on the wall and wherever it lands they could wrestle each other. That is the type of talent on the show.

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