Brian Pillman Jr. On COVID-19 Impacting Wrestlers, His Dad Not Being In The WWE Hall Of Fame & More!

MLW star Brian Pillman Jr. recently spoke to Spencer Love of WCSN. Here are some highlights….

On COVID-19 impacting professional wrestlers:

“It’s very hard financially right now; I had to cancel on my Las Vegas show over this past weekend, and in hindsight I wish I woulda went to it because I coulda made some money. It’s tough. I can’t sit here and tell every fan to go out and buy all of my shirts and this, because a lot of those fans are losing work as well. A lot of people all around the world are losing work, so while it is helpful to say ‘hey, y’know, maybe buy an extra t-shirt here or there, try and help support,’ wrestlers aren’t the only ones losing jobs and losing work right now. A lot of people are going to be unemployed right now, a lot of bills are going to go unpaid and a lot of hardship. My recommendation to those fans that, maybe they do have a little extra disposable income, maybe their livelihood isn’t threatened whatsoever, if that’s the case, I urge people to reach out, maybe buy an 8×10. Maybe buy a t-shirt or something, but at the end of the day, when it comes to survival – that’s what this is, this is survival – we have to do our best to survive, we have to do our best to help one another.”

On if he considered using a different ring name:

“Yeah, it was definitely a reality for me at first. I wanted to protect myself and protect my performance and my name, but as I was able to see, the right move was just to be myself. Some people recommended, Lance (Storm) recommended perhaps wrestling under a mask or trying to protect myself so I could get a few shitty matches out of the way, but at the end of the day, my first match was one of my best matches.”

On signing with MLW:

“So a lot of people want to give credit to my name and all of that, but if you really look at it, I really had some really good qualities going into my work and into myself. I don’t think that anybody’s taking that away from me now. I think people definitely see the value in me now, and they’re starting to wake up to the fact that I’m not Brian Pillman Jr, but I am Brian F**king Pillman Jr.”

On his dad not being in the WWE Hall of Fame:

“I think it’s just timing, and maybe they want to give my Dad his own time. Maybe they want to make it even more special for him, to give him a full-on induction into the Hall of Fame. I try not to be selfish with those things, because I understand how show business works and I understand how this business works, so I’m never the guy to get upset at stuff like that.”

Click here for the full interview.

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of WrestleFix.com. He is a long time contributor to WrestleOhio.com, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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