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Lance Archer talks being managed by Jake Roberts and New Japan branching out

AEW star Lance Archer recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Busted Open podcast. The former TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling star would answer questions on the show regarding his short time with the All Elite Wrestling promotion thus far. One of the questions posed to Archer was that of Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, the man who is currently his ‘mouthpiece’ and manager in the company. The question was whether Lance Archer actually needed a mouthpiece, as he was building his reputation as a good talker in New Japan.

“He’s one of the best speakers in the business today” Archer began on the podcast, speaking of Jake Roberts. “I believe that I’ve grown in my ability to get out there and say what I’m just saying when I need to say it. I think there’s an all in due time scenario right now and I think; society today is ‘give it to me now’ and this is more of a build towards that, you know?”

Archer elaborated further, describing how Roberts can portray his character in a way that is unique and re-introduces him to a United States based audience. “Jake can come out there and say what he says. And the nuances that he can produce? Nobody else in the business is able to do. I’m all for it, you know, and I think it just helps me transition back into a full time American fanbase. But, I think that’s one of the biggest reasons why, having been in Japan.”

Lance would then discuss how NJPW has branched out into the US, but is still not known to the ‘casual’ wrestling fan. “New Japan branched out and gained viewership in the United States and around the world that they’d never had before, even though it’s a company that was nearly 50 years old. That’s just the last few years and there was still kind of a very niche audience that was tuning into New Japan Pro Wrestling you know? And it grew and it got bigger and more and more people were watching. But still I think there’s a lot of American fans that are watching AEW, that just weren’t watching [New Japan]. I’ve had so many tweets and whatnot in there like that. And ‘I remember this guy back in TNA’  or ‘I remember…’ you know my short, miserable stint with the company up north [WWE].

Archer would finish by saying that the ‘transition into AEW with Roberts is a massive help. “That’s what they remember, and I think this is a good transition, you know? With somebody they absolutely know and they adore. That is Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, and it helps them start to understand who I am and what I’m about. He’s doing the talking and and I’m doing the killing.”

Archer has had a very successful start for AEW since joining just a few short weeks ago. The MurderHawk Monster looks set to continue that run with a chance at becoming the first ever TNT Champion on AEW Dynamite. That is of course if he wins the ongoing tournament for the new belt, a tournament that he “guarantees” he will win.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Busted Open Radio with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription






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