Source: Wrestling Heels RadioROH stars Michael Elgin and Tommaso Ciampa appeared on Wrestling Heels Radio to discuss their match at ROH "Best In The World" this Saturday on iPPV. We will have live coverage of the iPPV here at WrestlingINC.com at 5pm ET. They sent us these highlights from the interview:
Michael Elgin: "I never say never, but there's quite a few things that I wanna accomplish before I go elsewhere, so I'm gonna make sure I accomplish them first... Number one is definitely becoming a Ring of Honor world champion, and number two is competing in Japan."
June 22nd, Ring of Honor, Best in the World. iPPV. This match, according to Michael Elgin, will be the match of the night. It will steal the show. Tommaso, you didn't get a chance to talk yet, so let's start with you. What's your preparation for this match on the 22nd?
Tommaso Ciampa: "You know. Match of the night does sound good, but the more I watch Michael Elgin's footage, and I respect the hell out of the guy. He's a hell of a competitor. I would love to be the man who puts Elgin away in under five minutes. Seems to kinda be my thing in Ring of Honor, so if I can knock him out early, I'll knock him out early, 'cause we all know he can go the distance, and it's not like I'm gonna tire the guy out in 20 minutes, but I'm gonna go for the kill and I'm gonna go for it right away."
Elgin: "I'm going into it just like I go into any other big match. I know where Tommaso's sitting, I know that he wants to prove to everybody just how good he is, and he chose me to prove to them how good he is. And I gotta tell him, and I gotta tell everybody listening that I'm the wrong person to pick when you wanna prove something. Five minutes, that's a dream. The only way this ends in five minutes is if your shoulders hit the mat, Tommaso."
Another question for you, Tommaso, is that you were on the sidelines for nine months. What is that nine months like psychologically to a professional wrestler?
Ciampa: "It's the s--ts, man. You eat every meal alone, rehab eight hours a day, two a days, three a days. It sucks. Every single time I walk up the steps to my apartment complex, I think to myself, 'Man, I had to hobble up and own these steps one at a time, crutch after crutch.' Every time I bring groceries home, I'd think, 'Jesus Christ, this was freaking Hell trying to figure out how to be my f-cking steaks and milks and everything else upstairs.
"How do you do it? It sucked. My entire life was stopped. People don't realize that. Wrestling pays our bills. When I can't wrestle, it's not just, 'Aw, man, I don't get to go out there and dress up in spandex and have fun.' I lose my livelihood. Every single thing that I know, everything I do, all my travel, my entire life changes. It sucks. It makes you realize exactly what you have. I'm not gonna take anything for granted.
"Every time I walk out in the ring right now, I feel blessed. But every single time I walk out in the ring and I walk in the gym and I do anything else in my day-to-day life, I'm focused. I'm staying healthy. I'm working my ass off, and putting myself in a better position. And that's what 'Best in the World' offers me. It's my first real opportunity to prove to everybody that – I have a lot of doubters out there, and I get it. I understand all the doubt. That's fine.
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