Q&A with Colt Cabana, who wrestles Saturday in Joppa

March 19, 2014|By Aaron Oster | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Championship Wrestling is holding its "Tag Wars" Event this coming Saturday, and one of the featured wrestlers is Colt Cabana. I got the chance to talk to him about the upcoming show, his time with WWE and Ring of Honor, the state of independent wrestling, and some comments that Jim Cornette made about him recently.


It seems like you're everywhere these days. You're constantly at shows all over the world and you're on commercials and doing podcasts and other side projects. What's your life like right now? 

I just got back from England a few days ago. I also recently did a tour of India. I'm going to South America in two weeks after MCW, then I go to Japan. Then there's WrestleCon [in New Orleans Wrestlemania weekend]. Cliff and I just filmed a KFC commercial, which is pretty awesome. That's just a small window into what my career has been for the past four years. It's independent, and there's always stuff popping up and things keep happening. As long as I push forward and constantly work as hard as I can and give my best efforts, these things keep popping up. It's just a nonstop constant flow of hustle and work.

When a lot of people think of wrestling, they think of working for one company whether it's WWE or TNA, and having to stick to their schedule. What's it like to have so much freedom to make your own schedule?

There are definitely two sides to it. It would definitely be nice to just have someone telling you what to do and then you wouldn't have to worry about schedules and just focus on the performance aspect. But it's relieving that I don't have anyone telling me what to do, or being my boss or constricting me in any single way, because I have the ultimate freedom. It comes with a price, and it's hard to do, but for the ones who can do it, it's very free and relieving and I really enjoy it. But it is hard. I act as my own booker, agent and my own everything, including my own creative team. I'm literally everything, so it's a lot of hats to take on. But that's the scenario in which I thrive.

There are some people who would give you the “King of the Indies” label. Is that something you embrace, or do you view it as almost a backhanded compliment?

I totally embrace it. It depends on how you look at it. I love the independent scene and independent wrestling. This is the area in which I thrive. Obviously, I didn't do too well in WWE or any other place that has a corporate structure. But I've found a niche and found a home on the independent scene. When we first started, a lot of us on the independent scene, that was something to look up to, the king of the mountain, the guy who was wrestling everywhere, the guy who everyone looked up to. And I always looked up to those guys, guys like Christopher Daniels, Mike Modest, the list goes on. The label of king of the indies, I don't mind that admiration at all.

You were in Ring of Honor for many years, but haven't been there for a while. What exactly happened between you and the company?

They were bought by a corporation and the owner wasn't aware of a lot of the wrestlers of the past. So when new management came in and wanted to shuffle some people out the door, nobody was really aware of my past history with the company so it wasn't a big deal to them, and I wasn't asked to come back.

Jim Cornette did an AMA on Reddit on Monday and he had a question about you where he responded pretty negatively. Did you see it and what were your thoughts on it?

Yeah, a lot of people tweeted it towards me. I think he is entitled to his opinion. You can't fault people for having an opinion. Luckily for me, I've never been put in a position to hire and fire people, and he was in that position and he can't hire everybody. I'm one of the people that Jim Cornette didn't want. Obviously the people that he didn't want aren't going to be happy about it. That's life. I could hold a grudge, but I don't. I understand that you have to hire and you have to fire and the ones that you fire aren't going to be happy. It's about going on and moving on. Luckily, I've done way bigger and better things since leaving Ring of Honor. Maybe it was a mistake by them for letting me go, and maybe it wasn't if they're happy with the direction that they've gone. I don't hold any grudge against Jim. I'm almost kind of thankful that I was able to go on to better places in my career.

You mentioned working in the WWE. Can you talk a little bit about that, and why it didn't work out?

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