Every pro wrestler has a moment that stands out in their mind when they first decided they wanted to get into the business. It is different for many people but for Mike Bennett, he’s wanted to be a pro wrestler since the first time he saw pro wrestling live.
Mike recently spoke to Edge and Christian on their Pod Of Awesomeness where he discussed the fact that his first favorite wrestler wasn’t the one who actually made him decide he wanted to be a pro wrestler.
“To me — I would say when I the biggest fan was in 1998 so what drew me in completely to wrestling was definitely Steve Austin. Like I just remember watching him and being like — and not even so much from the badass point of view, just from being completely and utterly entertained by everything he did. And then just watching his matches I’ve always really enjoyed matches that are more like a fight and he was so much — and I watch his early stuff and it’s not the same as his later stuff and I think that when I was watching his later stuff in the late 90’s I remember thinking it just looks like he’s kicking someone’s ass.”
“The moment where it actually clicked when I said I wanted to be a wrestler was because of Mick Foley because the very, very first show I ever went to was at the Worcester Centrum the first time Mick won the World Title. And I just remember I was in the building when he pinned The Rock and that reaction, that crowd it still gives me goosebumps thinking about it today. I’ve never heard a crowd louder, that was unbelievable. And from the minute Stone Cold came out to the minute he won I just remember being like ‘oh, this is what I wanna do.'”
If you use any portion of the quotes in this article please credit E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness with a H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription