Indy star Nick Gage recently spoke to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated. Here are some highlights….
On his deathmatch against David Arquette:
“It did get people talking, and that led to more people watching the match, so it goes both ways,” said Gage. “But as a professional and a performer, I didn’t like the way the ending went down.”
“Our company, GCW, blew up in the past year, and the love and support we got from the fans is unbelievable. The support I get from the fans is overwhelming. I have a cult following called the MDK Gang, and the reason I started it was because of all the letters and support I received from fans when I was in prison. Those were the people telling me to keep my head up. When I got out, I wanted to let people know how much I appreciate them. They’re the ones who make me thrive.”
On deathmatch wrestling
“Deep down, it’s an art form and a different style of wrestling. And it’s underground. There’s barely no rules. It’s just one man vs. another. Whoever wins, wins.”
“I consider myself a death match wrestler, it’s my job and my passion. I take pride in being the top guy doing it in the U.S. I fell in love with it watching Cactus Jack and Terry Funk, I thought that was f——- badass.
“…I always wanted to do this. Me and my brother grew up wrestling. We did shows in the backyard when we were 13. We sold tapes when we were in high school. I can’t remember when I didn’t want to do this. I got in a wrestling ring on my 14th birthday, and I didn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Click here for the full interview.