Not too long ago, it was revealed that Main League Wrestling is now airing on DAZN. The promotion introduced it can start recording new episodes in October that can air on the worldwide streaming service initially of November with unique content material.
And with MLW’s return, the group has signed prolific weightlifter Kevin Ku.
Ku, 32, began his path to MLW in 2017 underneath the steering of Brian Fury. After honing his craft on the impartial circuit and aligning himself with MLW star Tom Lawlor, Ku is the newest signee to the rising group.
Forward of his MLW debut, Ku discusses why he signed with MLW, the affect Lawlor has had on his profession, and making the transition from weightlifting to professional wrestling.
(Editor’s notice: The interview was edited for size and readability.)
Sporting Information: You come from the world of weightlifting. What made you resolve that it was time to make the transition to the world of professional wrestling?
Kevin Ku: On the time, I used to be dwelling in Boston. I lived there primarily as a result of I used to be touring bands. My pals and I had been nonetheless watching wrestling like each Monday and stuff like that. Then we began getting deeper into indie wrestling. Then I discovered a faculty on the market, and my buddy satisfied me to attempt it out. I am fairly semi-athletic by that time. It type of went from there, after which I simply by no means actually regarded again.
SN: What had been you doing with the band?
Ku: I performed in a pair punk and hardcore bands. We did some regional excursions up and down the East Coast. Then for the larger excursions, I might be both the merchandise man or the tour supervisor, so type of being everybody’s babysitter in a way. So I received to do a few U.S. excursions. Earlier than wrestling, I’ve traveled nearly all over the place within the U.S.
SN: I do know you might be very shut with fellow MLW wrestler Tom Lawlor and dealing along with his group. How did you get linked up with him?
Ku: Tom’s superior. He is legit one of many coolest guys I’ve met. It is wonderful how rapidly he transitioned from MMA to a professional wrestling based mostly mind. I do know he was tremendous into professional wrestling even whereas he was doing MMA full time within the UFC. However now it is wild to see how he simply transitioned so removed from MMA to professional wrestling. I received attached with him from my tag companion, Dominic Garrini, and we have been tagging for 2 and a half years now. So we began being on indie exhibits collectively. Then we simply began speaking increasingly from there.
SN: You take a look at somebody like Tom. He was well-known within the MMA world after which made that transition into skilled wrestling. Had been you capable of feed off of him a bit of bit and type of choose his mind as a result of weightlifting and MMA aren’t the identical, however you are still taking that toll in your physique? What ideas had been you getting from Tom to make that transition from one bodily demanding sport to a different?
Ku: I simply take a look at Tom, and he has top-of-the-line fuel tanks I’ve ever seen. It is loopy how that man by no means will get drained generally. I checked out him for lots of that sort of stuff for conditioning. He is similar to, it is cliche to say, however he is a scholar of the sport. He is aware of a lot of older professional wrestling and retains up with all the brand new stuff. He is only a wealth of data.
SN: Tom’s one of many largest stars in MLW, and now you are with the corporate as nicely. What led you to finally selecting Main League Wrestling?
Ku: MLW simply caught out to me because the place that will foster an atmosphere that I get pleasure from wrestling in. It is extra life like base with fighters and loads of completely different factions. I like that sort of stuff as a result of it simply brings a brand new dynamic. It is actually the physicality of the MLW exhibits and the way uncooked and actual it appears. That basically drew me into it.
Then I had a protracted dialog with Tom, who had been signed like a 12 months earlier than me. He did not essentially push it onto me, however he nudged me in that path as a result of I used to be contemplating several types of choices and what I needed to do with my life generally. After which MLW got here alongside.
SN: MLW introduced this week they’re taping in October and can be airing new exhibits with unique content material on DAZN initially of November. How excited are you the truth that now you may see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel and the corporate goes to be returning?
Ku: I am so excited. My first present that I used to be speculated to be on occurred to be the primary present that was canceled through the pandemic. All of the air received set free my balloon. I used to be like, “Properly, now I assume I’ve to attend.” Then I used to be simply speaking forwards and backwards with Tom and (MLW proprietor) Courtroom (Bauer). It is exhausting to look at Fusion after which be like sitting there and considering I might have been on a few of these tapings. It has been six months now. It is just about like six months of pent up frustration that I could not simply get in there and get began.
SN: How pissed off had been you on a private and professional degree that you just’re sitting at house as a result of nothing is occurring within the wrestling enterprise?
Ku: It sucks. I absorb a lot wrestling. Generally I believe that I should not as a result of it makes me miss it that rather more. However I have to preserve sharp. I like professional wrestling, so I preserve watching. I am so antsy, and I really feel like I’ve to be doing stuff on a regular basis as a result of that is how I at all times am. Yeah, so it is like, I dove extra into bodybuilding and simply getting the whole lot proper. I’ve so many several types of bodily remedy to ensure my physique is correct and proper for when wrestling does come again full time. I used to be similar to, “OK, I am prepared, let’s do that.” I am simply so antsy and able to go.
SN: You had been speaking earlier about how you’re keen on the idea of MLW. Why do you assume we do not see extra of what MLW brings to the desk in professional wrestling?
Ku: I believe that MLW has actually captured that market actually. There was once different locations that will foster that extra. Individuals can say it is a quote-unquote “Actuality Period,” but it surely’s nonetheless exhausting to seize the informal fan with watching that sort of physicality. I believe that the character route of the over-the-top individuals that individuals can be like, “Oh, I used to look at like The Final Warrior and stuff after I was a child, so perhaps I will give this a watch.”
So many individuals like MMA as a result of they’re like, “What is going on to occur right here?”
It is an unknown issue. I believe that is what’s nice with Main League Wrestling. There’s such an unknown issue as a result of there are such a lot of several types of personalities. It is not even essentially over-the-top gimmicks, the place it is just like the ’80s and stuff like that, or “Stone Chilly” (Steve Austin) within the ’90s and The Undertaker. However it’s several types of fighters and folks and the way all they give thought to is how they are going to take somebody out. And I believe that if a fan was put there and simply sat down and mentioned, “Hey, watch this prefer it’s an MMA battle or simply take away that you just assume that is professional wrestling.” I believe that it is a recreation they usually’d like it.
SN: What can followers count on from Kevin Ku when he debuts for MLW stay on DAZN?
Ku: Individuals can count on only a degree of violence that they have not really seen. Somebody quoted the opposite day that I appear to be somebody that may truly kill somebody in the event that they let me. I took a lot pleasure in that as a result of I am simply an all-go sort of individual.