Top indy star Shane Strickland recently did an interview with the Wrasslerap podcast to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Below are some of the highlights:
The defining moment that made him switch completely from the military to professional wrestling: “Me and Ricochet had to drive from New York to Rhode Island to do a show together, and this was around the time that they were in the mid-season break of season one,” said Strickland. “And he was telling me about the cool things about it and all that, and so he gave me contact information for Konnan.
“[I] messaged Konnan, it was my CZW match with Mike Bailey. I sent him that, he told me to send it to Anthony Jensen. It was like a two, three-month process for them getting back to me, but every time, Konnan was like, ‘hey, did they get back to you yet?’ [I’d be] like, ‘no, not yet,’ and he’s like, ‘oh, I’ma talk to them while I’m there this weekend.’
“Ricochet would be like, ‘hey, did they contact you yet?’ [I said], ‘no, I haven’t heard anything yet,’ [and he would say], ‘oh I’ma talk to them about it this weekend.’ And then Big Ryck would be like, ‘did they get back to you yet? I heard your name being brought up over here.’ I was like, ‘uh, not yet, I’m still waiting.’
“He was like, ‘alright, I’ma talk to them.’ So I had like a bunch of people vouching for me before I even got there. Me and Willie Mack were in the same tryout match and all that. So it was like January 2015, they sent me over a contract, I signed it, faxed it back to them, and I think that was the same month I quit the military.”
You can listen to Strickland on the Wrasslerap podcast by clicking this link here.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions