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Swerve Strickland Talks Killshot Gimmick, Anthony Bowens Teases Rapping, Dynamite

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In a recent interview with “WrestleChat,” Swerve Strickland discussed his portrayal of the Killshot gimmick in Lucha Underground, stating that he was responsible for creating the character.

Killshot was associated with the Mexican promotion from 2014 to 2018.

Strickland said,I wrote it all myself. For me, I always take an initiative on things when I’m not asked to do certain things. I always have something ready to go, that’s kind of how my career’s path has carved the way it has. There hasn’t been much, oh he’s a blank slate, let’s put him wherever. I don’t want to just be an empty shape, I wanna have something and some life to it. They brought me on season one, I came up with the name Killshot and they just kind of created the mask and a outfit based off of that name. I didn’t have a background for the character. So when season one had the break going into season two, I wanted to flush out the character a little bit more. Through that time, I wrote the character out and put three different ways he can be incorporated into the show. The head writer, Christopher DeJoseph, he really liked all of them so he’s like, ‘Okay, I love that, so I’m gonna kinda compile and mix and see what we can do to write this character into certain things. The next thing you know, Killshot is born and the vignettes of me doing combat in Iraq in the army. They started creating and it was a collab effort in the sense, that’s where it really got to what it became later on and it got so unique that it created another character with Dante Fox and then it created match stipulations off the character from what I based it off of. When you give the idea, they started having fun with it and then I started having fun performing within the idea.”

The current routine for The Acclaimed involves Max Caster rapping while Anthony Bowens announces the city and delivers catchphrases.

However, this arrangement may change for one day in the future.

In a recent interview with Adrian Hernandez, Bowens revealed that he plans to take over the rapping duties when a show coincides with April Fool’s Day. This is scheduled to occur in 2026, as April 1 falls on a Wednesday that year.

Bowens said, Max and I have said that if a show lands on April Fool’s Day then we would trade spots. I have been mortified. I don’t think it happens until 2027 or something. I got really nervous. I hope it’s not next year. If that day comes around, I will force myself to do it. I am an entertainer and I am confident in myself that I can figure out something that would be fun. I am more interested to see Max yell to town and scream all of my catchphrases because I almost lose my voice every night doing it. I want to see if he can really dig down deep and belt it out.”

And finally, you can check out some additional highlights from last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite below:

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