Silas Young recently spoke with the Huff Post UK’s Royal Ramblings column. He commented on his RoH future, WWE experience and clarified his relationship to Stan Hansen. You can read the full interview here with relevant excerpts below.
You’ve signed to RoH for a year, was that short term deal a considered decision or will we see you on an RoH UK tour next year too?
I’ll be honest with you, I’m very happy working with Ring of Honor. I very much enjoy what we’re doing there. I’m looking to be there for the foreseeable future. There are a lot of things I’d like to accomplish before I leave, so I think the fans can definitely expect to see me with Ring of Honor for quite some time yet.
Reflecting on your previous experience with WWE, with the benefit of hindsight, do you feel at ease with what happened when you were there?
Well, I was with them for less than a cup of coffee…or a cup of tea. It was a very short-lived experience. Honestly, it was one of those things where I never really even got started. After some time has passed, I feel like everything in life happens for a reason and life is good now. So I’m happy about it but to be honest I was real bitter.
You’ve talked honestly about the bitterness and also about your previous drug use. Do you think the industry needs more openness and honesty in general?
I think I’m one of the few people to talk about it because wrestling’s full of a bunch of people nowadays who are so worried that they might say the wrong thing or might make somebody angry. I don’t live my life that way. You either like me or you don’t like me. If you do or you don’t, I don’t really care. A lot of people are afraid to talk about the elephant in the room, so to speak. It’s going to happen. It’s a business that beats people up. I’m a proponent of trying to get people away from using pharmaceutical drugs and pain killers and things like that because that stuff can ruin your life. Some people have had OK experiences; some people like myself have had really bad experiences, so I feel like it’s something guys should talk about.
What’s the real story of your relationship with Stan ‘The Lariat’ Hansen?
You know, it’s funny, I think years back I had wrestled a show and the guy I wrestled maybe, had claimed to be the nephew of Stan Hansen. When the story got written, it was confused, and people said that I was his nephew. It started popping up all over the internet. So, there is no relation to Stan Hansen. I like to think I’m a pretty badass man like Stan himself but unfortunately, there’s no blood relation or anything like that.