Rich Swann was recently interviewed by WrestlingInc. During the interview, he discussed why he believes that Michael Elgin was a really important signing for IMPACT, how he feels about beating Johnny Impact and more. Here are the highlights:
On Johnny Impact:
To be in the ring with a guy that you watched growing up, aspiring to be a pro wrestler. Then to get in the ring with him in one of the most historic venues in our industry, ECW Arena, and to get that victory over a former Impact world champion…it’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve got my sights set on Johnny because he has that Ultimate X and I know that he’s looking at me with the X-Division Championship. He knows I’m ready to rock anytime he wants to rock. I’m ready to throw hands!
On Not Wanting To Cash In The X-Division Title For A World Title Shot:
I’ve wrestled Brian Cage at his best, and if I were to do something like that it would be out of character for me. To be honest, I’d like to build the X-Division and show the world what I can do holding this championship. I’m not going to take a championship and then push it to the side just for an opportunity. If I lose this, I’m gonna lose it. If I get an opportunity at the world championship, I get an opportunity. I’d rather earn that rather than use a pawn to get that.
On Why Michael Elgin Was Such An Important Signing:
Well Michael Elgin is a former World Champion in various promotions – ROH, New Japan, PWG. The guy’s wrestling IQ is higher than any wrestler that I’ve ever been in the ring with. Michael Elgin is a beast. For him to come in and do what he did to Brian Cage, I’m sorry that Cage got injured, but it was a huge acquisition for Impact Wrestling.
You can listen to the interview below: