Ring Of Honor Top Prospects entrant Curt Stallion recently spoke with Marc Madison for The Wrestling News Hub; you can read a few excerpts below:
Curt Stallion comments on what he learned from Michael Elgin’s training that stands out:
It was definitely psychology, 100%. The way I look at it, Texas is like old school NWA wrestling and that’s just not for me. That’s not what I enjoy watching, that’s not my style and a lot of those guys, that’s what they stick to and they don’t watch anything else and I like to watch EVERYTHING. Even if I’m not into to it, I still like to pick stuff apart and be asking myself ‘Why did they do this’? ‘Why do they wrestle like this?’ And a lot of guys back home aren’t into that. Texas is a black hole, essentially. There is probably like 10 of us in the entire state that gets out and goes around and gets our names out there if that.
If he’s talking about wrestling, you listen. He was made for it. That’s what his brain was constructed around. That’s his thought process. He’s a mad scientist of professional wrestling, is how I’ve described him to somebody. He gets it, and how to teach it. He doesn’t just teach you one style. I put that in quotes with my fingers, “style.” He shows you every aspect, to help you find who you are, and what you’re good at and what you’re not good at, and how to work around those things and how to work with those things that you are good at. It’s just ridiculous. If you were a professional wrestler, I’d be like, ‘You need to come do an Elgin seminar and tell me you don’t walk with more information that is beneficial than you did beforehand.’ I could honestly talk in circles around this.
Stallion comments on learning from other Ring Of Honor stars:
I did a lot of seminars. I lived with ACH for six months, but he wasn’t necessarily in ring guidance. We would be in the car together and he would just tell me what I am doing that is beneficial, and what I am doing that needs to change. I would watch him live as well, to learn what I need to not do and what I need to do, and he would help me out a lot more than he would take credit for, I am sure. Kyle O’Reilly is hands-on in the ring, and he would show up because he lives here in St. Louis, or he would text me at an obscure time like 11 in the morning and be like ‘Hey, do you want to train today?’ I would say ‘Yeah let’s do it.’ His training is definitely hands on.
Elgin’s not so many hands on as he was when I first started because he has his own career to protect. He’s training every single time we have training, we’re there, and Kyle is they‘re not so often. Others might hit us up out of the blue and want to get in there and bump and do this and that, all this crazy stuff. Where Elgin is, you need to do this and you need to do that. So, it’s a different aspect of learning, but it’s definitely helped me out a lot. Then, when I got to wrestle Kyle it was like, we were at training together, and I had a feel for him, you know what I mean?
Stallion comments on his goals for 2017:
I want to do more Ring of Honor stuff, and of course overseas. I have Canada bookings lined up, so hopefully, I can get down to Mexico so I can cover North America and stuff. There was a big goal that I had in mind for this year, I just want to get my name out there. People need to just get out there and stop sitting back.