Mike Bennett jokes that he is the Ring of Honor Jon Moxley, talks about bleeding all over Universal Studios, and his love for the game and ROH in general.
Mike Bennett is a veteran of the wrestling industry and is currently a member of The Kingdom, along with his wife, Maria Kanellis, and his best friend, Matt Taven. In recent months, Bennett has habitually been bleeding during his matches.
Appearing on AEW Unrestricted, Bennett joked that he bleeds so much he is the ROH equivalent of AEW’s Jon Moxley. Also saying that Tony Khan questions whether or not simply being inside Universal Studios, the frequent taping location of Ring of Honor programming, causes him to bleed.
“After I got the staples, I came to the back. And Tony was like, ‘Does Universal Studios just make you bleed? Is that what happens?’ And I was like, ‘I guess so.’ And he’s like, ‘There must just be something about this place that brings it out of you.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I think so.’
“Not to get too deep again, but actually someone asked me they were like, ‘Why does it seem like you’ve been bleeding so much in your matches?’ Actually, I laughed about it. But then I took a step back,” Bennett said. “I thought about it. I was like, ‘Yeah, I have. And I wonder why.’ Anyone who’s kind of followed my journey over the last five or six years, and through my sobriety, they’ve realized, or at least I have realized, that the Mike Bennett of the past was always holding back just a little bit. There was always that little bit of judgment in his head where I was saying, ‘I want to wrestle this way. I want to go full force into this, but what if my peers think differently of me?’ Or, ‘What if my veterans who I respect, don’t respect what I’m doing?’ Just those little voices in our head saying, ‘This is what you want to do. But we’re going to let everyone else’s opinions pull you away from what you actually want to do.’ And what happened when I got fired from WWE and then I found in my journey through my sobriety was I started saying to myself, ‘I’m just gonna wrestle the way I want to wrestle, I did this because it was supposed to be fun. And if I’m not having fun, what is the point of it?’ And when I have the most fun, it’s when I throw my entire self into a match. When I say,’ I’m not afraid. I’m not going to worry about judgment. I’m going to go full force, whatever it takes, because that’s how I want to wrestle.'”
Bennett recently wrestled on the July 13 episode of Ring of Honor, picking up a victory over Dalton Castle’s Boys alongside Matt Taven.