Flamboyant Ring of Honor star Dalton Castle spoke to Channel Guide Mag recently about his character, his boys, and his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. You can check out highlights from the interview below, and the full post at this link.
His on-screen persona:
"It's all me, I'm pretty much living the way I have been. I was always been loud and obnoxious in high school. I kind of confused humor and loudness, so I thought if I were louder, I would make people laugh, and I would get more attention. Now I do that in the wrestling world with my voice and my actions, along with what I wear. It's all kind of drawing eyes toward me because that is what you want. I would say glam rock is a big influence of the look of everything. Anybody like a David Bowie or Freddie Mercury or the Darkness or Foxy Shazam — people who go out there and perform on stage are people I look up to."
The addition of 'his boys':
"The entire thing is mine. "Nobody pitched this idea to me. Nobody said, 'Hey, we have this character for you.' It was me kind of tweaking things over the years — as long as I've been wrestling. I learned the moves and slowly started putting things where they belonged. And I knew something was missing. I wasn't getting the reaction I wanted from the people. So I put on a jumpsuit. I make this big theatrical entrance, because I want people to know right away what they are getting."
Being a wrestling fan as a child:
"I don't think there is a guy who does wrestling today that didn't in some small way love it as a child," Castle said. "I remember wearing a plastic grocery bag as a t-shirt or tank top. I would tear it off trying to be Hulk Hogan. I don't think Hulk was a big inspiration when I was little, but I used to love people like Macho Man and any masked characters. Those always got me going."