Below are some highlights from the interview:
RealSport: What brought you back to Impact?
Matt Sydal: Well, it was an opportunity to finish the story that I started right here early in my career and it was really more fate and destiny than anything else. Impact is a place where I can get challenged greater than I’ve ever been challenged before, work with guys that I can feed off of, learn from and grow from. Basically, it’s part of my attempt to conquer the world of wrestling and to be the number one guy that’s talked about on the dirt sheets, online, and most importantly, in people’s hearts and memories. Impact is a great opportunity for me to do that.
RS: On Thursday, at Destination X, you’re taking on Bobby Lashley. What are the challenges that come with facing someone who physically, in MMA terms, would be in a different weight class?
MS: Let’s just be honest. Bobby Lashley is 275 pounds, legitimately pure muscle, and some people say that he’s a genetic freak and this or that but they know he’s not. This is a man who’s dedicated himself and who has put in the work and has the results. I can’t start today benchpressing and expect to get as big and as strong as Bobby Lashley. I was born the way I was born, I am who I am. Now, I’ve been on a wrestler mentality since I was essentially fifteen years old, which is just training like an insane person, ignoring the signals that your body says to quit and pushing past your limits, so he and I have a similar mentality in this way.
RS: Many people say that you’ve got the prettiest shooting star press in the game. Who would you say has the second prettiest?
MS: I wouldn’t know because I don’t watch people who imitate me. Personally, I think Ricochet has got a hell of a shooting star press. I love Neville’s 360 shooter [Red Arrow], which is, quite possibly, more incredible than mine. Yeah, but everybody else is just a weak ass carbon copy of me, whether it goes from their kickpads to their belts to their armbands. I’m the trendsetter, I’m the leader in the industry and everybody else has just been following right behind me and I’m glad to be leading the group, I’m glad to be leading the charge. I welcome everybody to try and do all the moves that I do because the technique will never be as flawless as mine. It will never look as smooth and as crisp and it won’t be as damaging as mine because I’m the originator and everyone else is a follower.
They also discuss “205 Live,” his legacy in the professional wrestling business and more.
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