One of many hottest acts outdoors of WWE is Sami Callihan.
The 31-year-old started wrestling on the age of 17 when he ran a yard wrestling group. From there, Callihan toured the unbiased scene and have become a family title competing in promotions like Ring of Honor, Evolve and Fight Zone Wrestling (CZW).
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In the summertime of 2013, Callihan joined WWE and competed in NXT underneath the ring title Solomon Crowe. After being vastly underutilized, Callihan requested -and was granted – his launch from the group.
Since then, Callihan has wrestled in New Japan, MLW and Lucha Underground. His transformation right into a famous person adopted when he signed with Impression Wrestling and made his debut at Sure for Glory in November 2017.
This Sunday, at one of many firm’s most important annual occasions of the 12 months, Slammiversary in Dallas, Callihan takes on Tessa Blanchard in an intergender matchup.
Days away from the present, Callihan took a while to talk with Sporting Information about dealing with off with Blanchard, criticism of the bout and being at Impression in comparison with his time at WWE.
(Editor’s Observe: The interview was edited for readability.)
Sporting Information: You are a few days away from an enormous match, and from what you informed me earlier than we began the interview, you’ve got had an intriguing day.
Sami Callihan: Every part I do is busy. Many individuals can hate me, however I’m the toughest working son of a b-tch within the wrestling enterprise proper now. It would not matter if it is for Impression or my firm, The Wrestling Revolver, when it is time to go to work, I go to work.
SN: What got here of the concept of beginning your promotion?
SC: I needed wrestling to run the correct method. I needed it to be my model of what I assume professional wrestling ought to be. I’ve been operating professional wrestling corporations since I was 17 years previous. I used to run a yard wrestling firm. It is taboo to say yard wrestling on this day of age. However when I was youthful, I was operating yard wrestling exhibits when I was junior and senior in highschool in entrance of like 200-300 individuals. Then I went on to start out American Luchacore. That was an organization earlier than its time the place I’d e book these stars from throughout the nation that nobody had heard of on the time. I was profitable at that. So when I left WWE, I received along with my previous brother, and I mentioned, ‘You understand what? Let’s begin our personal wrestling firm and do wrestling the correct method’.
SN: Why get into wrestling promotion at such a younger age? Most wish to go to varsity, however you went and solid a unique path.
SC: As a result of I’m a go-getter, and I wish to be essentially the most versatile particular person within the wrestling enterprise. I know all about graphic design, reserving expertise, writing storylines as a result of I love skilled wrestling.
SN: You will have one of the vital well-liked promotions in wrestling. Has Professional Wrestling Revolver exceeded your expectations, or is it going at a tempo the place you knew it was already going to be at?
SC: I assume it is going precisely as I deliberate it to go. Within the final three years, Professional Wrestling Revolver has landed profitable exhibits throughout Wrestlemania weekend at WrestleCon and have carried out exhibits in 5 totally different states. In every single place now we have run a present, now we have been profitable. I set objectives for myself. I set objectives for my firm. My brother from day one, and I knew this wasn’t going to be straightforward. We weren’t going to do that half-a–. There is a cause me and my brother have not taken one dime from the Professional Wrestling Revolver as a result of each ounce of cash we make goes again into the corporate and shopping for one thing new and particular. Hell, we simply purchased an 18-foot trailer as a result of we wish to get to that subsequent stage. We wish to change into a touring model.
Being with Impression Wrestling proper now, they offer me that freedom. They’ve helped me alongside the best way with plenty of stuff. It is an incredible partnership that I’ve been in a position to have with them for the final couple of years.
SN: How has Impression helped your promotion since your time within the firm?
SC: Generally, they work out offers with expertise. They promote stuff. That is the most effective a part of Impression Wrestling proper now. It isn’t only a wrestling group that claims, ‘Hey, that is what your doing and that is what is going on to occur’. They allow us to exit and be artistic, stay out our desires, and assist us each step of the best way.
SN: Is it a breath of recent air in comparison with your time in NXT?
SC: In WWE, it appeared like we needed to get permission to take a piss. In Impression Wrestling, it is okay if you happen to make a mistake and aid you study alongside the best way in each single facet of what you wish to do and have to do.
SN: You will have an enormous match this weekend out in Dallas for Slammiversary towards Tessa Blanchard.
SC: (Cuts the query) Fairly arguably, we’re going to change the wrestling world. The place’s there ever been an intergender match of this proportion although we aren’t the headliners on pay-per-view?
Some individuals might hate intergender wrestling, however I’m an enormous proponent of it. It is going to be a part of the wave of the longer term. On the unbiased scene, intergender wrestling has picked up the final couple of years. It ought to be, ‘Wow, a feminine goes to wrestle this male. How did we get right here?’
I have a look at wrestling as if I can inform some tales, particularly with somebody like Tessa Blanchard. I might not agree along with her. I might imagine she’s a dumb b-ch typically. However on the similar time, I assume Tessa Blanchard, no matter male or feminine, is among the greatest employees on the planet proper now.
SN: What do you say to the critics of intergender matches?
SC: Watch Sunday and see us have the match of the 12 months.
SN: What makes her so particular?
SC: As a result of she would not stroll on eggshells. Tessa Blanchard is a nasty b-ch. She’s a troublesome son of a b-ch. She goes on the market wanting each single time to be the most effective skilled wrestler on the planet identical to me. And that is why we butt heads.
On Sunday, we’re going to go on the market and go away all of it on the road and see who the higher particular person is man or feminine.
SN: What do you make of this present prime to backside as a result of it is a fairly stacked card?
SC: Now we have among the greatest PPV’s of any wrestling firm. I’d put final 12 months’s Slammiversary towards any wrestling pay-per-view of the earlier 12 months. That is how wonderful the present was. And this 12 months’s Slammiversary exceeds final 12 months’s simply. You will have lots of people proper now saying their firm is the most effective. I’m stepping up and saying I wish to be one of many leaders of Impression Wrestling that helps convey this firm to the brand new wave and have this firm contend once more. I assume Sunday’s present goes to do exactly that when now we have the most effective pay-per-view of the 12 months.
SN: A lot of rumors are going round proper now about Impression and a doable TV cope with AXS TV.
SC: (Cuts off the query) There positive are plenty of rumors going round proper now. Nobody has mentioned something to us. I assume as soon as one thing occurs; issues are going to explode. Folks wish to s-t on our present state of affairs. However us being on Twitch is an enormous factor. What individuals do not realize is that we are able to do our personal factor on Twitch. We are able to do our personal factor on Pursuit. Now we have the liberty to do what we would like and make the corporate what we would like. We do not have community executives telling us what to do and what can and can’t do. On particular networks, we might not be capable of do intergender matches with Tessa Blanchard.
However we’re going to have the ability to do it this Sunday at Slammiversary and alter historical past.
SN: How do you’re feeling you’ve got developed as a performer from WWE to Impression?
SC: I do not feel like my d-k has been lower off. The times that stopped occurring was when every thing had modified for me. All through my profession, I’ve been in a position to evolve and do various things. I by no means need my character to change into stagnant. I’m not complacent doing one factor. Each couple of months, I wish to do one thing that is going to create a buzz that will get my title in individuals’s mouths. And I assume I have carried out that.
SN: Why ought to individuals watch Slammiversary and specifically, your match with Tessa Blanchard?
SC: Take a look at the cardboard. The cardboard is wonderful. I’m not s—ting on every other wrestling. Why cannot all of us be good? Why cannot each promotion have their area of interest, have their viewers, and have their fanbase?
Simply watch wrestling. Folks have to cease being so vital and cease fascinated about what they’d do higher or how’d they do it higher. We’re the professionals, and on Sunday, we’re going to have the most effective pay-per-view of the 12 months.