ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe appeared on the new episode of The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast (Episode 010) and discussed a number of topics, including how he first became interested in wrestling. He said that boxed with Mark a lot growing up and also talked about backyard wrestling as a teenager. Briscoe described his exposure to ECW as a turning point in his enthusiasm for wrestling.
"I remember Heatwave '99, I think it was, that was our first pay-per-view that we watched," he recalled. "I just remember Shane Douglas starting it off… 'Cut the f---ing music!'… It just captured us. The first time we saw it, we had a youth basketball tournament in Philly. We were in seventh or eighth grade and we were hanging out in the hotel room after the game, we just turned the TV on and there it was. We were just hooked from the first time we saw it."
Roberts asked Briscoe if he thinks that wrestlers coming into the business now are less ambitious and Jay said that there are a lot of competing interests for younger people these days, including cell phones and video games.
"I think maybe a lot of them spend maybe a little more time than they should doing that kind of stuff rather than just old fashioned… get outside and play."
Sam also talked to Briscoe about the chicken farm-themed promos he did with Mark for ROH and Jay talked about the story behind these videos.
"All the boys in the locker room, when we'd tell them that we grew chickens and that we had a chicken farm and everything, they were all so interested," Briscoe said. "We would explain the whole process and everything and they were like, 'Well, you know, if these guys are so into these stories, then maybe we can broaden it out a little bit."
Roberts asked if Jay ever thought he could make the chicken farm promos interesting and he replied, "Man, there ain't nothing interesting. I hate them damn chickens."
Sam raised the question of whether or not there were any issues between Jay and Mark now that Jay is ROH's top guy and Jay indicated he didn't really think it was an issue but added that they'd always tag together.
"The one who it bothers the most is my mother," explained Jay. "She's not a big fan of us doing singles. She wants straight tag team. But it's all good."
Jay also shared a funny story in which he injured Mark when they were kids.
"I remember we were backyard wrestling one time and I gave Mark a Van Daminator," he shared. "Ended up breaking his nose and… he was bleeding bad. I guess Dad was watching out the kitchen window and he saw it go down so he rolls down the window and starts hollering, 'Now break his nose, Mark! Break his nose!"
You can hear the entire episode of The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast at this link.