Greg, you've really been on fire lately representing The Empire with your tag team partner Matt Riviera. You've taken the NWA Lonestar tag titles on the road, defeating some top-notch independent guys and you've retained the straps through some tough scraps. Are teams still lining up to take a shot at the titles or are guys intimidated with your dogged defense of the gold?
To be honest, it's a little bit of both. Most teams have realized that when it comes to tag team wrestling, Matt Riviera and myself are the top dogs but then you get a team who has a little too much of piss and vigor. They think they can compete but once they are in the ring, they soon realize how truly inept they are.
For folks who didn't see The Empire evolve and dominate in Traditional Championship Wrestling, what's the story behind your group? Who are its members, supporters and influences?
The members that you know of are Steve Anthony, Tim Storm, Matt Riviera and myself. The Empire is a lot older than most people realize. The Empire has been around just as long as pro wrestling has been around and has some of the most influential men in our industry as our alumni. Every major happening in pro wrestling can be contributed to The Empire. Matt and I were chosen to lead The Empire into the next generation and finally into the light. This why we say: "Choice is an illusion."
Is there a bigger picture here? Are you just determined to dominate NWA Lonestar or does The Empire have a grand design for the future?
The Empire always has its hand in all things pro wrestling. You never know when or where you will see us next. The only thing guaranteed is that wherever we are. We destined to take over. Piece by piece, step by step, from inside and out.
You have a lot of experience in the business, not just in the ring but behind the scenes. What have been the most important lessons thus far in your career and how are you applying them to what you're doing in the wrestling today?
Larry Zybysko calls it the human game of chess. He is 100% right. Right now there are men out there that are bigger, stronger, faster than I could ever hope to be but those men will never obtain the level of success that I have because I'm a chess master and they are still playing shoots and ladder with their momma. My wrestling I.Q. is unmatched. In most cases, I've beaten men before I've even laced up one boot. This is because I studied men like Gary Hart, Jim Cornette, Eddie Graham, JJ Dillon, Bill Watts and the list goes on and on. Knowledge is pro wrestling is worth its weight in gold.
What's the best way for wrestling fans who don't live near your live events to see you in action?
YouTube is a wonderful tool to see those who geographically you might not be able to. I use it to scout talent and make sure I stay three steps and a three-count ahead of the game.
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