Dante Martin On His Mentors, Wrestling Style, And Adjusting To Singles Competition

One of AEW’s fastest rising stars, Dante Martin, spoke with Jon Alba of AdFreeShows.com on his show ‘One On One,’ Dante spoke about working with Lee Moriarty, his mentors within the company, dream tag matches, and more.

Dante has been given a lot of opportunities as of recent within the company. He has been embroiled in segments with Lio Rush, Lee Moriarty, Matt Sydal, and Team Taz. Dante recently turned on Lio Rush to join Team Taz. Dante is only 20 years old, and he has only been wrestling for 5 years. He has sought out support and help within the company as he explained when speaking with Jon.

Dante said, “I’ve talked to JR a couple times. I talk to Schiavone just about every week now, of course, as you see with the pre-tapes we do. Two of the biggest names to me that are super influential backstage to me are Dean Malenko and Jerry Lynn. They’re just two of the greatest minds and nicest people you’ll ever meet. Super helpful. I watch a lot of Jerry, but Dean is the one I watch almost religiously…I almost draw, I hope it comes across like this, but the intensity, almost like the ‘I don’t care attitude.’ Just going to the ring, ‘I gotta do me, the other guy can bring it, but I gotta bring it more attitude. I get a lot of that from Malenko.”

One of the main arguments against AEW, and their style of wrestling, over the past few years has been over their use of high spots in matches. Dante’s style of wrestling is focused on those spots and moves as he is known for being a high flyer. In the interview, Dante commented on the criticism he’s received and how he handles it.

“I think to the critics, they’re going to voice their opinion, and as long as overall the people are happy and you’re doing your job to the best you can, that’s all that really matters. People are going to say what they’re going to say at the end of the day, whether your back’s turned or facing them, you just gotta do you,” Dante shared.

Dante officially joined the AEW roster with his brother, Darius Martin, in November of 2020. As Darius is out with an injury, Dante has been alone on the roster since February. As Darius prepares for his return, Dante has been seeing a lot of success within the company. Dante explained his process of finding his own without his older brother. 

Dante explained, “I think to the critics, they’re going to voice their opinion, and as long as overall the people are happy and you’re doing your job to the best you can, that’s all that really matters. People are going to say what they’re going to say at the end of the day, whether your back’s turned or facing them, you just gotta do you.”

With Dante recently joining Team Taz, and it seems like Darius is coming around to the end of the timetable for his injury, it will without a doubt be interesting to see how the storyline plays out. Dante has so many years left, so he will definitely be a star for All Elite Wrestling in the coming years.

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