Source: Monday Night Mayhem
One-half of The Kings of Wrestling and former two-time ROH World Tag Team Champion Chris Hero was the featured guest on this week's edition of Monday Night Mayhem. Here are highlights of the interview, courtesy of Paterson, MNM's associate producer & official correspondent:
His reaction to himself & Claudio Castagnoli losing the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Titles to Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) at ROH's "Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter I" in Atlanta & what he believes that The Kings of Wrestling need to place their focus on specifically in their quest to regain the belts: "It was a shock to us. We had the belts for a record-breaking 363 days, and perhaps we were a little overconfident. That happens every now & then, especially when you don't lose a title in damn near a year. We just have to be a little more aggressive, especially with guys with the size and experience as Haas & Benjamin."
Why he did not think twice about returning to Japan (as part of his Pro Wrestling NOAH tour) shortly after the devastating earthquake & tsunami that rocked the country & what impact did his recent stay there have on himself & his tag team partner: "A lot of people thought we were crazy for going back without any hesitation, but just going back to Japan, and being able to entertain, and do what we love is such an honor that barring an current earthquake or tsunami, we would never turn down that opportunity. Claudio & I waited very long to gain an established spot over there, so it's not like we're gonna get all scared and cop out at the last second. While we were over there, we experienced about a half dozen aftershocks. It was a little unsettling, but it wasn't the end of the world."
How he has been mentally & physically preparing for his Ring of Honor World Title Match (vs. Eddie Edwards) this Saturday night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at "ROH Revolution: Canada": "It's been a rough couple of weeks, not overly rough. Claudio & I have been wrestling nearly five times a week recently, so it's been a hectic schedule, not to mention the travel. Fortunately, Claudio & I both spent plenty of time in the gym and plenty of time training as well, so we are coming into the weekend in tip-top shape. Last time I wrestled Eddie Edwards, he separated his shoulde, and that was in Dearborn, Michigan. I've seen Eddie in all facets. I've seen him grow. I was extremely happy that he was able to get that title shot and win the belt. Here's my title shot. It's going to be a big weekend for all of us, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."
Much more is contained in Chris' exclusive interview, including his candid thoughts & comments on the atmosphere of Ring of Honor's Atlanta debut during WrestleMania weekend, what he feels were the greatest challenges that himself & Claudio Castagnoli faced when they held the ROH World Tag Team Titles, the return of Jay Lethal to the Ring of Honor roster after a five-year absence and more. Visit MondayNightMayhem.com for more of the interview.