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Matt Taven on key signings in ROH, pressure, road story

Thanks to Chuck Carroll for sending us the following:

I wanted to pass along an interview I did with Matt Taven for CBS ahead of Ring of Honor’s Best In The World pay-per-view.

I asked him about the pressure he feels as champion to continue to grow and push forward a promotion while it’s in a state of flux and competition is growing stronger.

We also talked about the talents he feels are key acquisitions to the roster following the departure of The Elite and SCU. And he has one hell of a story about Vinny Marseglia getting stopped by TSA agents at the airport after he tried to carry on an unusual gift given to him by a fan.

The full interview is here:

Some quotes…

Best In The World is your first pay-per-view where you’re defending the title. What emotions are you feeling?

I’m not very nervous. I won this title after years of scrapping and getting to this point and finally winning inside Madison Square Garden is a pretty big stage. So, I’ve kind of gotten those nerves of being in the main event out of the way. Now it’s more of having something to prove.

Being champion, I kind of feel like I’m the champion for a reason and now let me show you why… It seems like every time I go out there I have to bring my A-game, because ROH is putting me against such unbelievable opponents. At the same time, this is what I’ve been waiting for. This is what I’ve been looking to prove to people, that I am the best in Ring of Honor, and Best In The World is going to be no different.

Jeff Cobb is another guy who has the company on his shoulders at the moment. What are your thoughts on working with him as competitor?

You can’t take anything away from him. He’s a former Olympian, a legit amateur, a guy who has freakish strength. But at the same time, out of nowhere, he can bust out a standing shooting star press or moonsault. He’s agile and can move. It’s going to be a tough task, but as great as Jeff Cobb is, there’s a reason why Matt Taven is world champion, and I’m just going to show that much greater than Jeff Cobb come Best In The World.


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