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Tracy Williams: “I Don’t See AEW As a Threat to ROH!”


“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams recently appeared on “Interactive Wrestling Radio” and commented on Ring of Honor, whether AEW will become a threat to Ring of Honor, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On signing with Ring of Honor: “It has been an absolutely wild ride so far. I only really actually signed my contract in February. Since then, I’ve wrestled at Madison Square Garden, I’ve wrestled all around the country, and coming up, I’ve got even bigger things going on. It is a roller-coaster ride working for this company. I just can’t wait to see what is in store for the next couple of years.”

On what we can expect from his title opportunity against Matt Taven at ROH State of the Art: “What you can expect to see is me putting in the fight of my life as I do any time I’ve given any opportunity, title opportunity or not. The fact that it is for such a prestigious title is only going to make me fight harder. I’ve had my eye on (Matt) Taven’s title run so far. So far, he’s had a pretty interesting match with PCO. (laughs) He had a very good match with my partner in LifeBlood, Mark Haskins. So, I know what I’m in for. I’ve come to play.”

On winning the opportunity surprising some people: “I won this opportunity in a 4 way which had Eli Isomm, PJ Black, and Rush. I think a lot of people were looking at that match like, “Oh, this is how Rush is going to get his shot at that ROH title.” Sorry to disappoint! But, that is how pro wrestling worlks! You don’t always get what you’re expecting! I’m going to try and capitalize on that. A couple of months into this contract, to walk out as champion would be pretty huge!”

On Matt Taven’s ability to back up his words: “Matt Taven’s got skill. That is what I’ve seen during this title span of his. He talks a big game with a lot of theatrics around what he does which is not how I do my wrestling. (laughs) I also have to have my head on a swivel because as much as he does back up what he says, he also have the rest of the Kingdom around everywhere he goes.”

On the formation of LifeBlood: “I”m loving it so far. It is a little unorthodox as far as pro wrestling stables go. They do sort of let each member of the group stick to their own devices. We do have a common cause. But, we don’t need to get involved in everyone else’s business. Right now, Bandito is in Japan as part of the Best of the Super Juniors. Juice is in Japan. We come together for the common cause. But, we also have our own things going on. I think it is working out great for everyone so far.”

On the birth of AEW and what it means to ROH: “I, personally, don’t see it (AEW) as a threat at all. I see it as a huge positive. The more big companies that there are elevates the whole landscape and creates more opportunities for everybody. However greener the grass gets elsewhere, the grass is growing all around. I don’t look at it as a threat and I don’t look at it as harsh competition. I think everyone is going to benefit from it.”

On the changes in ROH in 2019 thus far: “As far as the changes in Ring of Honor, I think what I’m doing and what everyone is doing in LifeBlood and the new guys coming in, I think we have kind of hit the reset button a little bit and are re-evaluating what Ring of Honor is and what we can bring to the table. I was a fan of Ring of Honor for a long time and the product they put out. A lot of that was based on hard nosed professional wrestling – Hard hitting, strong professional wrestling. If I can be part of shifting Ring of Honor back in that direction, that is exactly what I plan to do. That is my goal here.”

On being from Brooklyn and getting to perform in Madison Square Garden at G1 Supercard: “It is difficult to put into words. I was a kid from Brooklyn. The first wrestling show I ever saw was WWF at Madison Square Garden. I’ve been around that building my whole life and sort of have seen it as an unreachable mecca. I never saw my path in wrestling going to WWE and they had a grip on that building for a very long time. To be able to carry that Ring of Honor and New Japan flag and bring real wrestling and real wrestling fans into that building is absolutely incredible. I hope it is not the last time that that happens.”

On the “Hot Sauce” nickname’s origins: “I always get a kick out of that also. (laughs) That name came from a text group with me, Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy. and I believe Jigsaw. We were bored on the road and we were texting each other with horrible wrestling names, absurd wrestling names. (laughs) One of them was “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams. At the time, I was in the market for a name. So, I ended up using that name! (laughs) Sort of as an experiment in what your name is versus how much you do in the ring. I think it confuses a lot of people as to why my name is what it is. (laughs) But, that’s all part of it!”

On possibly doing an endorsement deal with a hot sauce brand: “Yeah, that is something I’ve been slacking on for years… Because, I want to do it right. I want to sell hot sauce. But, I don’t want to do something cheap like stick a sticker over it. I want to do something with a cool artisanal hot sauce maker that has a really delicious sauce. So, if you’re out there and you make your own sauce, hit me up because I’m in desperate need of a sauce deal! (laughs)”

On what he learned training under Cesaro: “I learned so much from him. He is a freak of nature in all that there is in wrestling. There is no better type person to learn from. Someone who is not just a jack of all trades but a master of all trades. To have that tool box to pick from was extremely valuable – More than I could put into words.”

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