MLW Star Brian Pillman Jr. spoke with Chris Van Vliet and talked about training with Lance Storm, the infamous ”Pillman’s got a gun” segment.
What it was like during the infamous ‘Pillman’s got a gun” segment:
“I remember being there. I was in the house and the crew guys were like ‘hey everybody, stay upstairs’ and me and my little sister are freaking out, ‘Stone Cold’ is circling the building and tying to find a way in and then all of sudden we hear the glass break and the rest is history.
Seeing it on TV and that pure emotion, that pure anger of someone invading your home. What would you do? Of course you would pull out of gun, right? It’s natural, pure, organic stuff.
Why he followed in his father’s footsteps:
“I felt like I was a little bit betrayed by wrestling. My mother told me that it killed my father. She’s say ‘oh wrestling killed your father and the lifestyle is too hard. You’ll never be able to do it.’ And I figured, I wasn’t in the NFL and I wasn’t a pro Judo master like him, so maybe I can’t do wrestling. And then I learned it’s more than that, it’s a lot more than that. Once I started doing yoga, getting in the gym, really putting on some weight and looking great I started to realize that I can do this. I was looking at the other guys in the business and comparing myself to them visually, physically and athletically and I thought I’d be in the upper tier here.”
Training with Lance Storm:
“I learned a ton from him and a lot about the history of the business as well because as we all know that’s an equally important part of our business.”
Which wrestlers he looks up to:
“I always say Chris Jericho because I’ve always just leveled with him. I’m not saying that I’m trying to be him, but I’m just very similar to him with that larger than life and rock star persona. You don’t even have to look at the moves, forget the lionsault forget the dropkicks. As soon as he walks through the curtain he’s Chris Jericho. I’ve always enjoyed that and the charisma. When it comes to intensity, I’ve always respected Chris Benoit. I’ve never seen a moment in Benoit or Guerrero where it looked fake, it always looked real because they believed in themselves and they believed who they were and everything they did.”
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