On today’s episode of The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman sat down with world traveled pro wrestler and current MLW star Matt Cross. Cross was also Son of Havoc on Lucha Underground, which has seen a spiritual rebirth in MLW in the form of Azteca Lucha. Cross revealed whether or not fans will see the return of Son of Havoc in Azteca Lucha.
“The future is unwritten. We’ll see,” Cross stated. “Obviously, I carry the spirit of that company with me strongly. I think Pentagon Jr. was one of the names that just absolutely exploded from that universe, but he was a guy that had cool vignettes, and cool promos, and won every match and was the man, whereas I was sort of this organic build.
“And it was just people connecting with me and my hard work, and ‘what’s your favorite Son of Havoc vignette?’ There wasn’t really any. So it’s just pure workhorse, bust ass stuff that people identified with, and that resonates within me and I carry that forward. That spirit’s undying. It’s within me, so we’ll see where it goes in a new temple, or a new place, or a new company, or Azteca Underground or whatever it may be. That fire still burns within me, and we’ll see how that plays out in MLW.”
Cross is set to face off against Calvin Tankman in the first round of this year’s Opera Cup this Thursday as part of the MLW Fightland special on VICE TV.
“It’s gonna be awesome. It’s my first time ever, which always excites me,” Cross expressed. “I mean, I’ve been in this business now 22 years, so it gets harder and harder to find guys that I haven’t wrestled yet. So Calvin is one of them. It’s always amazing to see how you’re going to match up against somebody. I think that’s one of the insane things about what we do. We’re gonna show up that day, and whatever happens happens.
“Styles clash, personalities clash, you never know what you’re going to get into. I think that I personally have my best matches against competent big men. So I’m looking forward to it. Mil Muertes in Lucha Underground. There were so many guys. Once it was Bronson Reed I wrestled in Melbourne, Australia. So many big guys I’ve just had amazing matches with, so if I go off that, there’s a lot for me to be excited about and looking forward to.”
Tom Lawlor won last year’s Opera Cup and will look to win the cup again, overcoming seven other competitors including Cross. Cross discussed his opportunity to win the Opera Cup.
“It’s awesome. I mean, it’s just a huge opportunity for me, and that’s all I’ve ever asked for,” Cross said. “Again, I’ve been wrestling for over two decades, and I just, even to this day, want and ask for a shot. And I feel like this is a shot. This is a chance to be seen. This is a chance to do something, and that’s all that I’ve ever asked for. It’s awesome.
“A lot of eyes are gonna be on us. I know some of this stuff’s gonna air on Vice, and I’m a personal big fan of Vice as a complete separate aside, so I think it’s pretty awesome that they have pro wrestling because I watch the channel anyway. And so to have those eyes, I mean, you have to have letters associated with you in this business, whether it’s ABC or whatever it is. You have to have those things sort of with you for fans to understand and follow your journey. So here are those letters to be associated with. Here’s a cup. Here’s something with history. Here’s a chance to be seen on television. It’s a great recipe.”
You can following Matt on Twitter @MDoggMattCross
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