One of the more renowned podcasts in the wrestling community these days is The Sessions with Renee Paquette. All of the stars drop by to speak their mind, and the latest to do so is one-half of the current AEW Tag Team Champions, Swerve Strickland.
Swerve had plenty to share with Renee, including how his time in AEW has made him forget about his previous three years with WWE.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On setting himself apart right from his debut: “I took a trip to LA [because] I couldn’t go in as just me the wrestler, I gotta come in with a whole bunch of assets that I can attribute to any product that I’m gonna go to. So I just went to LA for two weeks, and I met some people in entertainment, met some producers, literally I built a team over there that supported me and my podcast and my music and these other things. When I got signed, it was like ‘Oh by the way, I don’t wanna get a music entrance song just applied to me, I have music already and this guy that did it, he won two Grammys.’ He’s [Tony Khan] like ‘Oh okay, let’s use that. Okay, cool.’ So now that set me apart. Then it was like, ‘well I’m doing this and I’m making appearances, I’m going to the Grammys, I’m going to this and that.’ Then I’m like ‘Oh by the way, I have Kevin Gates, we can bring him in.’ So like right away, I’m just… my first three months in AEW made me completely forget about my last three years in WWE.”
How he focused his energy into building something new: “I put all of that focus and energy and that resentment into building something. Now [I’ve been here] seven months and I truly believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that I’m the best acquisition of 2022 in any company. I’ve been consistent, you don’t just see me in a wrestling ring. You see me every which way, if there’s a camera, I’m going to be in it. If there’s an interview, I’m gonna be in front of it. If there’s a song, I’m gonna be rapping on it. If there’s an artist, I’m gonna be here. I want to be everywhere. These appointments turn into bigger successes later on for me.”
Swerve and his partner Keith Lee will be defending their tag team titles against The Acclaimed on tomorrow night’s episode of AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY.