His favorite wrestlers growing up: "I was really a big fan of WWE as a kid. I used to love watching "Mr. Perfect" (Curt Hennig), "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Bret Hart. I've always been a fan of numerous Superstars and have taken inspiration from different guys in different ways, but those are really the four I loved watching as a kid."
Memories of competing on the independent scene in Europe: "I remember the first match I had in Dublin ... I didn't even have my own pair of boots. It was kind of sprung on me because I had only been training for a little while. I remember I wore a pair of combat shorts, a pair of black boots and wrist tape. I really didn't know what the hell I was doing. It takes a lot of time to get comfortable in the ring and with what you wear. Originally, I remember feeling so nervous ... so out of sorts. It's a great feeling, though, 'cause every time I think of where I am now, I think back to that moment where it all began for me. (My) first show was in Dublin in front of 50 people. In April of this year, I came back (to Europe) after WrestleMania 28 as World Heavyweight Champion and the O2 arena was packed to the rafters. It's been an incredible journey."
-- The first name announced for the CHIKARA mini-tournament is former WWE, ECW and WCW star 2 Cold Scorpio. The winner of this Four Way will face the winner of a second Four Way match to be announced to crown the 2013 Rey de Voladores champion. Previous Rey de Voladores winners are Chuck Taylor, Incognito, Kota Ibushi, Ophidian and El Generico.
Here is the updated lineup for National Pro Wrestling Day, which takes place February 2nd in Philadelphia, PA…
* Wrestling is Art Presents: Colt Cabana vs. Mike Quackenbush
* Beyond Wrestling Presents: Sugar Dunkerton & Aaron Eric vs. Eric Corvis & Chris Dickinson
* Absolute Intense Wrestling Presents: Josh Alexander vs. Ethan Page
* Ring of Honor Presents: The Briscoe Brothers vs. Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs
* Wrestling is Fun Presents: Juan Francisco de Coranado vs. Saturyne
* Kaiju Big Battel Presents: Dr. Cube & Sekmet vs. Neo Teppen & American Beetle
* CHIKARA Presents: Rey de Voladores - 2 Cold Scorpio vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???