Jay Lethal On Winning A Contest To Get Into Pro Wrestling, TV Segment His Parents Didn't Approve Of

Jay Lethal spoke with Paste Magazine before his appearance on Friday's ROH Best in the World PPV. Here are some of the highlights:

Not trying out for WWE's Tough Enough, instead winning another contest:

"No I didn't go to Tough Enough. I was too afraid to. I went to a local indie show called Jersey All Pro Wrestling and at intermission they said 'We love this show Tough Enough, so we are going to have a contest just like it.' Of course, they did not have the money they did, so no one was going to be living in this extravagant house. This wasn't going to be a thing that went on for days. One day you would come in for four hours, they would show you how to do three things and whoever does it best, they're gonna pick three winners to train for free. My dad took off of work, I remember, not a whole day, a half day to get me there on time. He sat in the back as they took 30 to 35 people trying out for this contest. They got you in the ring and they made you take a bump where you fall on the ground. They made you hit the ropes, run the ropes. They made you do two other things. I can't really remember what they are. But he sat in the back and watched the whole time. Of course, every time I'd do something, I'd look in the back and he's watching, you know. So I felt extra added pressure because my Dad was sitting there and he took a half day off work. So the pressure was really on me to deliver. Now sadly, I was not one of the three winners. So on my way to the back, I was asking him 'Well, they still have a school, do you think I can sign up for it?' But before I made it to him, they made another announcement, they said 'We're gonna actually pick a fourth winner. We weren't going to pick him because he was too young (because I was 15 about to turn 16), but we are going to take a chance.' The fourth winner was me, but there was only supposed to be three winners. And I have been in the wrestling business ever since. What a lucky break. You know, I feel like my whole wrestling career has been like thatójust one lucky break after another. And now we are here, you know what I mean?"

TV segment that bothered his parents:

"That automatically reminds me about coming home with bumps and bruises and my mom not being too happy. But I think the only time they've never been happy with something they saw me do on TV was in TNA. The X Division was trying to be destroyed by the Dudley Boys along with Johnny Devine while I was trying to save it with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. We had to do this angle where we got beat up by the Dudleys and we ended up having to bleed. My parents saw that and they were like "no way, never again, what is going on here?" But they quickly got over that. I wouldn't call it luck, but there would be certain times where I would bleed accidentally and they weren't freaking out like they were that very first time. So they got used to it. But that was the very first time that they saw something that they didn't like."

Jay Lethal also discussed which venue he appreciates the most and working with Ric Flair. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Paste Magazine


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