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Interview with Kevin Steen (english)
CAGEMATCH.de: The first question is pretty simple: How are you? Too few interviews start with simple questions, so I just have to ask. Are you happy with your current situation in wrestling or generally in live? Any nagging injuries? Hungry? Bored?
Kevin Steen: I'm decent. Yes, I am happy with my current situation, both in wrestling and in LIFE. But I'll be happier once I'm Ring Of Honor World Champion. Also, I'm always hungry. I have several nagging injuries. And this question bored me a little. Let`s hope the other ones are better.
Before we get into some more ROH specific questions I'd like to ask some general questions about "Kevin Steen". In the past six years or so you've grown into one of the best and and most diverse independent wrestlers in the business. I've seen you as a champion in Combat Zone Wrestling, which was about six years ago, and now you are one step away from becoming the World Champion in Ring Of Honor. Any thoughts about your career so far?
Off the top of my head, the main thoughts I have about my career is that I have no regrets. I've enjoyed everything I've done so far and that's going to stay that way for a long time, I hope. Once I don't enjoy it anymore I'll stop.
And while we're on that topic: Where do you see yourself in the coming years? I mean, not location-wise but rather in the wrestling world as a whole? Can we expect Kevin Steen in one of the big leagues like Total Nonstop Action Wrestling or World Wrestling Entertainment, or is that something that you would never even consider?
I'd consider it but I don't know if it'll ever happen, for obvious reasons. But really, the only way I see myself in the future is as someone who's happy doing what he's doing. Otherwise I won't be doing it.
Besides Ring Of Honor, you have also held a big part of "California's Own" Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. There you have held the World Title as well as the Tag Team Titles. First, what are your thoughts about PWG in general, and second, how come you and Super Dragon are teammates now, after your bitter rivalry back in 2006 until 2008? And congratulations on winning the PWG Title once again, Kevin!
Thanks. PWG is like the Disney World of wrestling. It's the most magical place in the (wrestling) world. I <3 it a lot. 8===D
As far as Dragon and I being partners after our feud... what can I say? There's an incredibly strong bond that forms when you spend so much time beating the fuck out of each other.
Another company, EVOLVE Wrestling. What are your thoughts about this young company you also were part of already? And from your side, are you planning to wrestle there again, or do you focus more on PWG and ROH?
My focus definitely lies with PWG and ROH. I don't think my contract would allow me to work there anyway but I did enjoy working there quite a bit when I had the chance last year. Good times. Lots of very talented guys there too.
I'm from Germany and we've got a resident promotion called Westside Xtreme Wrestling. I think you are familiar with them. You wrestled here three times in 2006 and 2007, so for the millions - and millions - of German and European fans: are you planning on coming back to Germany?
I was almost part of the 16 Carat Gold Tournament this year but it fell through once ROH announced their dates. I enjoyed my time in wXw quite a bit as well and I do hope I get to go back eventually. Who knows though...
We talked a little bit about your career in the States and Europe, so I've got to ask: What about Japan? Many independent wrestlers go on tours with promotions like Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling or Pro Wrestling NOAH. What about you, would you like to ever wrestle in Japan?
I have wrestled in Japan. I had one match in Pro Wrestling ZERO1 back in 2005 and I spent 2 months in Dragon Gate in 2006. The door was wide open for me to return. I just chose not to. As great as wrestling in Japan is, I've always wanted to make my name in the US. So spending time there was an amazing experience but I guess it's not really for me. I'd go back but I definitely wouldn't go back for weeks at a time, let alone months.
Now that we've talked about everything in the world, let's talk about the promotion that celebrated their 10th anniversary just a few weeks ago, Ring Of Honor. You've wrestled your first ROH match in 2005, then took a little break before you came back in 2007 to form a tag team with El Generico. Since then you've won the World Tag Team Championship, had some of the best matches in ROH history and were part of very memorable rivalries, including the American Wolves, the Briscoes, Nigel McGuinness and of course El Generico. Any thoughts on your ROH career and the promotion itself?
ROH means the world to me. Which is why I take the way it's been handled for the past year and half so personally. I've made incredible memories in the ROH ring, things I'll remember forever but when I left in December 2010, I didn't feel ready to leave. Then I saw how things changed after I left and I just couldn't stand by and let it happen without a fight. So that's why I'm here now. To create new memories and hopefully drive Jim Cornette to an early grave.
We've witnessed your evil spirit in the squared circle many many times, but what about the times before and after shows? Which of your wrestling colleagues would you consider friends? You've mentioned Colt Cabana in your speeches a few times, do you stay in contact with him?
I've written about this before. There's a number of guys in wrestling that I don't even consider friends, I consider them brothers. And I don't really want to go and talk about this here but I'll answer the question about Colt. He's definitely one of my closest friends, in wrestling and life in general. He's just a good fuckin' dude. I don't see him anywhere as much as I'd like to but we keep in touch.
Let's finally get to "Showdown In The Sun", the two big ROH shows at the end of March. Your two matches for the shows have already been announced, so let's start with the first one: on Friday, you will face off once more with your former partner El Generico, who just won the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament in Germany. You already had some very exciting, intense and brutal encounters, so everyone is expecting a real slobber knocker, to put it in Jim Ross' terms. But what are YOUR expectations? And what do you think about El Generico purely as an in-ring performer?
I expect to steal the show, which is what we do pretty much anytime we step into a ring together. As far as what I think of him... he's a moron, an idiot, an asshole, a pussy and the best fucking wrestler in the world. Happy now?!?
On the second day of "Showdown In The Sun", you will fight against Eddie Edwards, a match which you've earned by beating Adam Cole in the Blind Destiny Challenge and which is a potential match for the World Title. You two are no strangers to each other and you already said it: you are more or less responsible for giving him the nick name "Die Hard". Any thoughts on him and his ascension to the top of ROH over the past few years? Any expectations for this bout?
He had that nickname way before I ever met him but I damn sure helped him give a new meaning to the nickname when I broke his elbow. Then he came in the next night and fought us in a ladder match. I don't know too many guys who'd do that, arm in a huge cast and all. Of all the great wrestlers in ROH, Eddie is probably the one guy who deserves any success he gets more than anyone. One of the hardest working guys I've ever seen in wrestling. I was ecstatic when I heard of him winning the ROH title last year. And I'll be even happier if he wins it on Friday night because I'll get to take it from him the next night.
Eddie finds himself in an rough position this Saturday... and I don't mean the one he'll get into when he hangs himself in his hotel room for some erotic asphyxiation after the show, David Carradine style... I mean that he's stepping into the ring with a man that's got nothing to lose. That usually doesn't end too well. We'll see what happens but it'll be damn good, I know that.
One last question about "Showdown In The Sun": Lance Storm will make his return to ROH for the first time in three years against Mike Bennett. What are your thoughts on him and his bout with Bennett? Who do you think will win? And would you like a match against Mr. Storm yourself?
I think Lance Storm is one of the best wrestlers to ever come out of Canada. I've always looked up to him. He was one of my favorites during his time in WWE. I think him and Bennet is a very interesting match-up. I definitely see Lance coming out on top.
And I am actually scheduled to wrestle Mr. Storm in Quebec City, Canada for North Shore Pro Wrestling on May 26th. I'm really looking forward to it.
The "Showdown In The Sun" shows are this year's traditional shows on "Mania weekend". Will you watch the "Granddaddy of 'Em All"? What match are you looking forward to the most? And what do you think about the rise of ROH alumni Bryan Danielson and CM Punk?
I will be watching with my kid and my wife, for sure. I guess the match I'm looking forward to the most has to be Bryan vs. Sheamus, honestly. I'm pretty disappointed we're not getting a Money In The Bank ladder match this year.
Okay, I think we've tortured you enough with questions. To end this interview, I would like to play a little word association game. I'll give you keywords and you just tell us what comes to your mind.
Colt Cabana: Great talent who should be making millions, or at the very least, wrestling on every single ROH show he's available for, ever. The fact he's not is ridiculous.
Jacques Rougeau: Huge prick. His own biggest fan. The best part of him are his kids and his brothers.
Pro Wrestling Guerilla: Home.
Ring Of Honor: Needs a new champion.
Vince McMahon: Man who blew out his quads while sliding in the ring once.
Vince Russo: My best friend.
Cary Silkin: Great man that made a huge mistake.
Jim Cornette: Cary Silkin's huge mistake.
CAGEMATCH.de: Website that sent me questions to answer.
CAGEMATCH.de wants to wholeheartedly thank Mr. Steen for this informative and entertaining interview. We also want to wish Kevin all the best in his future, especially in PWG and ROH!
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