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Willie Mack on how he came up with his wrestling style, people who discouraged him, being X-Division Champion and more

Impact Wrestling star Willie Mack is the guest on The PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) podcast.

Mack was on to talk his difficult road to success in the wrestling business, the Impact Wrestling X-Division, which video games he has been playing and more.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Mack was asked how it felt like to be X-Division Champion:  “Well, it feels great, knowing all the great guys that came out of it like Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and now I am one of the guys that supported that group of people. I used to watch it back in the day on Spike TV and the weekly PPV’s.  That was the thing to watch back in the day, the X-Division, and now it is great to be the head of it.”’

Mack asked what role did watching the X-Division play in his ring style:  “I already knew what I wanted to do when I got in before I got in like the little high flying Luchadores.  Then I knew I liked the power guys.  Then I liked the Japanese striking.  I saw the X-Division and I thought that is what I’m going for.  When I got trained, I learned everything I could and rolled it into one hybrid style and made it my own.”

Mack talked about people along the way discouraging him from doing this style of work in the ring:  “A bunch of people told me not to do this style.  When you get into wrestling, they want you to be the big power dude and not move around the ring.  They want you to be slow and work a heavyweight style but, I never liked it.  There are certain people you watch and you think that’s cool if he could move a little bit faster.  I played football so everything had to be fast bursts.  That’s when I started incorporating Lucha Libre into my matches.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit The PWI Podcast with a h/t to for the transcription.

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