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Brian Pillman Jr

Brian Pillman Jr.Wrestling is often a family institution, a place full of legacies. One of the newest legacies on the horizon is Brian Pillman Jr, the son of Flyin’ Brian Pillman. He’s training now, with Rip Rogers and Cody Hawk. Then, beginning September 11th, he will be training in Calgary with Lance Storm at the Storm Wrestling Academy. Brian’s goal is to step in the ring and follow in his father’s footsteps starting in December or January.

Wrestlers are Fans, Too:

When it comes to Brian’s favorite wrestler: “Growing up my favorite wrestlers were the Hardy Boyz and they still are the Hardy Boyz. I met them when I was a young kid at the age of 5 at my father’s memorial show and I met them recently at an IWC show in Pennsylvania and I tried as hard as I could not to mark out, but I totally marked the heck out.”  As for the reasons behind his love of the duo, he says that, “I have more respect for wrestlers with great psychology than, say, the guy who’s jacked out of his mind but has no idea how to tell a story.”

“Growing up my favorite wrestlers were the Hardy Boyz and they still are the Hardy Boyz. I met them when I was a young kid at the age of 5 at my father’s memorial show and I met them recently at an IWC show in Pennsylvania and I tried as hard as I could not to mark out, but I totally marked the heck out.”

Brian Pillman Jr.Inspiration:

Regardless the sport, athletes draw inspiration from many different places. Brian’s main inspiration should be no surprise. “My father is certainly my biggest influence. I have the same body type as him, the same athletic drive to push myself in terms of fitness and athletic ability. So it’s only natural that I can perform many of the same moves that he could with great success. We share a lot in terms of personality as well.” When discussing current inspirations, he skews towards the “total package” type found in Kenny Omega. “As far as modern wrestling goes, I think it’s important to look at the current product of today and see what is succeeding now in order to imitate/innovate on those that are successful. Kenny Omega would be who I study in wrestling today. The man is just whole package as far as in ring performance and personality.”

“What drives me through the exhaustion and stress is my will to succeed and to make my father and his thousands of fans proud.”

Why He Loves Wrestling:

“To be honest, I made the move to go into the business before I fell in love with wrestling. I was surrounded by wrestling as a young man until the age of about 7 where we stopped having the memorial shows and my family got less involved with the scene, so I was more or less raised to believe wrestling was bad and dangerous.”  But contrary to his family’s distance from the sport, Brian says that, like a courtship, he fell in love with wrestling after he became involved. It wasn’t until he “got to experience training with some of the most passionate people I’ve ever met down at OVW and also when I participated in my first match with them under the name ‘Mike Honcho’. The energy from the crowd was so intense and interacting with them gave me a great feeling of escape and a rush of adrenaline like I had experienced in other sports growing up, but to a greater degree.”

When he has finished his training and is awaiting his debut, he hopes people see him before they see his dad: “I hope the fans see me and say, ‘Wow who is that guy? He’s a badass!’ before they realize that I’m my father’s son, then they put 2 and 2 together and realize that badasses breed badasses.”

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One Comment

  1. Kenneth Warnke II August 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Awesome this is grate iron sharpens iron. I hope this guy goes straight to the top. He’s just got to have enough carisma

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