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NewsSwerve Strickland On Idolizing Rey Mysterio & Adam Copeland, More

Swerve Strickland On Idolizing Rey Mysterio & Adam Copeland, More


On a recent edition of “The State of Florida Sports Podcast,” AEW wrestler Swerve Strickland discussed the wrestlers he idolized, the advice he got from Chris Jericho, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On the wrestlers he idolized: “The first wrestler I idolized was Rey Mysterio. I was a fan of Shawn Michaels, but Rey Mysterio was the one I idolized.”

On becoming a fan of Edge (aka Adam Copeland): “I really became a fan of Edge and Adam Copeland. That was my guy. I still have his book in my bookcase. I have his DVD. I’ve studied them meticulously. It’s remarkable that I get to call him a friend of mine and a mentor.”

On how Chris Jericho helped him after he came into AEW: “The first person that came up to me and really like nitpicked things in the best ways that you could was Chris Jericho, it’s because he was doing commentary and my debut was on Rampage.”

On taking Jericho’s advice to heart: “I’m not one of those in one ear out the other type of people, when I’m told something and I hear it and I dissect it and it makes sense to me, I want to do it. I’m one of those guys he never has to worry about and it’s really cool to have that kind of relationship and that kind of respect from Chris Jericho … My model is to try get as close to the way that Jericho does it as possible.”

On a recent edition of his “Swerve City” podcast, Strickland also discussed the barbed wire spot in his Texas Death Match with Hangman Page at AEW Full Gear 2023.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On his reaction to seeing the spot after the match: “I didn’t know, I swung it and I thought it was in his hair and I just kept it there … Then later I watched it on Twitter and was like: “Oh, it was on his eye and his nose? Good!’”

On the match’s value to the PPV: “It just covered all landscapes of pro wrestling, if you didn’t watch the pay-per-view you had to go back and reorder it and watch it for this match.”