Dalton Castle was a guest on today’s episode of Busted Open Radio to hype his match with ROH World Champion Chris Jericho on tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite.
During the podcast, Castle commented on Jericho currently being in possession of the Ring of Honor World title and whether he feels any pressure going into tonight’s bout.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On the past injury that he tried to work through: “I broke my back in 2016, and I ignored it because I love pro wrestling. I pretended I just had a pulled muscle and laid on the ground for a couple weeks until I could fake it for a while. And then I found ways around it in the ring, because I was motivated. The Ring of Honor World Title was still in my sights, so I just kept going and finding ways to ignore my injuries.”
On his status now that he’s completed rehab and recovery: “Now, I would say I’m 300 percent better than I was three years ago.”
On his thoughts on Jericho holding the title: “Since 2015 that’s when I started with Ring of Honor. How do I feel? It’s a little off-putting. It was exciting to see the name of a man who I looked up to as a teenager to carry the title that represented the company I loved so much for so long. At the same time, he keeps talking down about it. He looks down on Ring of Honor. He thinks he’s better than everybody that has come through the doors of Ring of Honor. It’s my job to step in there and shut him up and show him what a mistake he’s making to run his mouth like that and maybe beat a little respect into him and at the same time please the audience.”
On if he feels pressure for this contest: “I don’t feel the pressure. I feel trusted in this position. I feel they made the right decision. Dynamite is on a special night, a lot of the audience is not in a regular routine. How can we get more eyes on the product? I know, why don’t we put a big glittery power bomb right in the middle of the show. That’s me. This is a huge match. We’re going to draw a lot of people and I’m confident. I’ve done great performances before. I walked out there last week in Toronto with a mic in my hand because I knew where I stood. I stood in a good position to challenge Jericho. I watch how he wrestles and I see somebody I can beat and compete with. I see a giant audience that is starving for something more.”
(h/t – Fightful)