Interview highlights courtesy of The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:
What does it mean to him to be classified as one of the “founding fathers” of Ring of Honor: “To be thought of as one of the ‘founding fathers’ means a lot to me. I feel like Ring of Honor as always been a place that I could call ‘home.’ The fact that I was in the main event of the first show, I didn’t know it at the time that Ring of Honor was going to grow into the force that it is today.”
His feelings on returning to ROH & the promotion celebrating their historic nine-year anniversary next weekend in Chicago: “If you would have asked me over a year ago if I ever was going to get a chance to come back to Ring of Honor, I probably would have said no, but circumstances being the way they were, I got a chance to come back. They welcomed me like I was home. I’m proud of the things I’ve done in the last year with them and the matches I’ve had with Tyler Black, Roderick Strong, Davey Richards, Eddie (Edwards), being the Television Champion, and I look forward to the 9th Anniversary in Chicago.”
How he has been mentally & physically preparing for his next Ring of Honor World TV Title defense (a Best Two-Out-Of-Three, 30-Minute Time Limit Match vs. Eddie Edwards) as part of ROH’s Ninth Anniversary Show next Saturday night on GoFightLive.tv: “One of the things I’ve done recently is I have been watching a lot of older matches of my own, older matches of Eddie’s, and just older matches from friends of mine just to get some ideas and get some stuff together. That’s what I’m doing mentally. Physically, knowing you could have three matches in a row with 30 minutes to do it in, I’ve never been one to worry about strength as much as endurance. I’ve been doing cardio, so I’m definitely stepping it up a notch in the last couple of weeks.