Former Tough Enough contestant A.J. Kirsch was recently interviewed by “East Bay Express”. During the interview, Kirsch discussed how being on Tough Enough opened doors for him and created a path for a successful career as an independent wrestler. Here are the highlights:
On Idolizing HBK:
Shawn Michaels was my favorite and the guy that made me want to become a pro wrestler. I had no idea why, but I just thought he was the coolest. As I later got into wrestling, I appreciated him on a completely different level, because he could work with anybody and make them look better than they are.
On Using Tough Enough To Open Other Doors:
I need to show them that I’m doing everything in my power to make myself as valuable a commodity as possible, because they need their talent to be able to do talk shows and TV shows and movies and radio and whatever they can to further the brand of WWE. If they say ‘Hey, Whoever, we want you to be able to do this and are you up for it?’ and you’ve got to be like ‘Yep!’ And then you have to nail it.
For the longest time, I was so hyper-focused on making it to the WWE, but what started as a pursuit of that one, singular brass ring has opened doors that I otherwise never would have found myself in front of and has led me to experience moments that I literally had to remind myself out loud that I wasn’t dreaming. There’s still a part of me that would welcome the validation of being offered a position at WWE, but I’m making a living doing what I love, I’m respected within my field, people seem to enjoy my work, and I enjoy doing it. I’m ‘doing it.’ And for that, I’ll always be grateful.
On Pursuing His Dreams:
Somebody has to do it. And if you think it should be you, then why not? That’s the mentality I had the moment I dropped my application in the mail for Tough Enough back in late 2010. I mean, the way I look at it, any time you get paid to use your imagination, you’re doing all right.
You can read the full interview HERE
Credit: East Bay Express.