Chad Collyer has all the tools to thrive
and become a main player in the pure wrestling environment of Ring Of Honor.
He is set to debut for ROH this Saturday night, Dec. 7th, when ROH returns to
the Murphy Recreation Center just five blocks from the ECW Arena in South
Philly. It is a special fan appreciation night and tickets are just $10!!! For
ticket and show info that includes a main event with Abdullah The Butcher go
to ROHwrestling.com, RFVideo.com or call 215-891-9404. Here is an interview
with this standout athlete.
1) Give us your athletic and wrestling training background?
Chad Collyer: I wrestled amateur style for 11 years in high school and
college, then coached for two years after that. I wrestled for Manchester
College at 150 and 158 pound weight classes. While there, I was NCAA West
Regional Champion in 1995 and qualified for the NCAA National tournament
twice. After my senior year of wrestling in college, I decided to head down to
Tampa, Florida to train at Malenko's Pro Wrestling School to become a pro
wrestler. I trained at Malenko's from August 1997- December 1997. During those
five months I was trained by Dean Malenko. When Dean was away doing house
shows or Nitro/Thunder for WCW we were trained by Jeff Bradley, who was the
former Dudley Dudley in ECW. I was lucky enough to get trained by Dean about
80% of the time I was down there.
2) Describe your in ring style?
CC: Most of my in ring style revolves around my mat wrestling and who I am
wrestling. I like to combine many Japanese, Lucha Libre, and European styles
into all of my matches.
3) Tell us about working in the UK and Japan recently. Who did you work for?
What was it like going back there after WWE? What were some memorable matches?
CC: It wasn't rough at all going back to Japan (Michinoku Pro) and the UK (All
Star Promotions) after my short WWE stint. I actually preferred to go back
there because I wasn't really having too much fun with the WWE developmental
program and wanted to get back to wrestling every night like I used to do. In
Japan I did a new masked gimmick called The Metal Master. It was fun and I got
to have some really good matches with Curry Man (Christopher Daniels), Great
Sasuke, Ikuto Hidaka and Dick Togo. In England, I always have good matches
with James Mason, Jonny Storm, Jody Fleish, Robbie Dynamite, and Doug
4) You are booked on all upcoming ROH dates, would you say that you are trying
to make ROH a home?
CC: I am all for wrestling for ROH while I am home in the United States. I am
sure I will do a Japan tour here and there but would like to work as much as I
can with ROH because it is my style of wrestling.
5) What have you heard about ROH?
CC: I know that it is the only real alternative product to the WWE right now.
I heard that ROH takes the wrestling seriously, which is something you don't
hear too much of anymore. I think that ROH will go far with the talent they
bring in for their shows.
6) What can fans expect when they see you in ROH?
CC: A little bit of everything. Lots of wrestling. Good athleticism. I lay
7) How do you feel about working "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
in your first ROH match?
CC: Dragon is a very good wrestler. I know I will enjoy my match with him. He
was trained very well. He is a good, smart wrestler and he is in great shape.
8) Have you and Dragon wrestled before? How did it go?
CC: I wrestled him once out in California for All Pro Wrestling. I enjoyed our
match very much, but we didn't do as much wrestling as we could have. I think
that it will be very different this time in ROH.
9) How would you sum up your WWE developmental experience?
CC: Enjoyed getting a paycheck every week. Didn't like anything else about it.
I felt like I was taking a step backwards doing drills and all kinds of other
beginners nonsense. I believe it would have been better for me if I could have
just joined the active roster while on the road and practice on the things
that I needed to the most. I already had more wrestling experience in my four
years in the business than just about anybody else there. I just needed work
on promos. The WWE seemed more interested in acting skills before wrestling
ability. I remember one day coming into practice and there was a list on the
desk asking wrestlers to sign up for acting classes. I laughed and just said
"you have got to be kidding me!" I did have some good matches while
I was there that I was really proud of. My matches with Spanky, Jamie Noble,
Shannon Moore, Kaz Hayashi, and EZ Money were some of my favorites. I learned
the most from Dr. Tom Pritchard while I was there. I really appreciate his and
Les Thatcher's help while I was there. I would always be up for joining the
WWE again, but would not sign a developmental deal. I would rather just make
my money wrestling overseas and ROH. Hopefully, the WWE will get away from the
soap opera stuff and get back to some good wrestling angles.
10) What are your hopes for the future?
CC: I plan on getting work wherever I can get it. I want to work ROH fulltime
and I want to continue going to Japan.
11) Do you look at ROH as an opportunity to showcase your true wrestling
CC: Absolutely. It is probably the only place right now besides Japan where I
actually can do the kind of wrestling that I like to do and watch.
12) What do you think of the whole ROH concept that pro wrestling should be
presented as a sport and not sports entertainment?
CC: I think the focus should be on the sport with enough storyline and drama
to make the matches more interesting.
13) Any website or anything to plug?
Thanks a lot for the interview
CC: Thank you
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