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Marshall Von Erich on What Helps MLW Stand Out, Transitioning to TV, More

October 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Ross and Marshall Von Erich

– Marshall Von Erich spoke with Wrestling Inc alongside his brother Ross about their work for MLW and more. Highlights are below:

On working with people with similar backgrounds as them: “There’s so many beautiful things that come about with wrestling. Being able to be in the same locker room with those guys and reminisce as we all have that same background story. When you’re a kid in school, not many other kids’ dads are wrestlers so it’s interesting to see guys with a different perspective in coming up that way. The Hart Family has a huge part with out family as Stu Hart helped train my grandfather and to know that our grandfathers go back and there’s gonna be Harts and Von Erichs on a card in 2019-20, that’s powerful to us.”

On MLW not having any cliques: “Teddy Hart, Harry Smith – we hit it off with these guys great and I definitely hope we can work together in the future and I think we will too. There is mutual respect and they have die-hard fans. We know they are a great tag team and my brother and I look at it as a challenge. Even if there’s not a lot of lineage behind it and it’s just Harts vs. Von Erichs, that’s awesome.”

On whether they would consider singles runs: “For us, we’re both leaning towards a tag team. It’s what we’re comfortable with and we feel we’re better as a tag team. We have strengths and weaknesses and we make up for each other’s strengths and weaknesses … Having your brother in the ring with you, that’s really what’s motivating me as all we’re trying to do is show off in front of each other. I’m my brother’s biggest fan and he’s probably my biggest fan. We really enjoy each other’s work and I think tag teaming is our best attribute and it’s a lot more fun. This is what our uncles and grandfather did so we prefer it but if we have to do singles, we’ll do what we’re asked of.”

On making the transition to TV: “In Japan we got to work a lot on TV but as you know the crowds are very different. We weren’t ready for this much support in MLW as we thought we would start off with people not knowing who we were. But the fact that people do believe in us and are behind us, it’s so motivating. We wanna prove MLW right and we’ve learned so much just from talking to the guys in the locker rooms after matches such as Cornette and Low Ki. They’ve helped us a ton but we definitely have more room to grow.”

On what helps MLW stand out: “I think the caliber of talent that we have and our fusion of all different kinds of wrestling. We have the luchadores, the old-school style, the high-impact, technical wrestling, high-flying stuff. There’s a wealth to choose from and that’s what separates MLW. They have a really loyal fan base. There are diehard MLW fans and it reminds me of ECW back in the day and [founder] Court [Bauer] is a mastermind when it comes to wrestling.”