The pandemic has been miserable, but for some it has been opportunity knocking at their door.
That’s the case for Alan Angels who received a call from AEW to compete on their national television program AEW Dynamite, which airs on TNT Wednesdays. It wasn’t clear, whom he would wrestle, but in the end he went toe-to-toe with veterans like Lance Archer and Kenny Omega. Other young wrestlers had a chance to appear on Dynamite as well like Lee Johnson, who appeared on The Roman Show recently.
The young man has been training for a short time at the Nightmare Factory in Georgia where AEW’s QT Marshall is a trainer.
AEW Dynamite debut
Moreover, quarantine has been hard for the wrestling business, since there hasn’t been any independent shows where the up and coming talents get a chance to wrestle. But Angels looks at this period as a way good way to learn about himself as a professional. He spoke to The Roman Show this week.
“It’s a way to heal physically. I have a hurt knee, shoulder elbow so it is definitely a time to heal and also mentally it is a reset,” he said. “You can rethink what you want to do in the ring and stuff like that when you come back you are better character wise. I always say I am like ‘I wish I can take time off to rethink what I want to do as a performer’ cause it is hard to switch up randomly especially if you are doing shows weekly and it is hard to digest sometimes to think what you want to change. This time off is helping me out with that. Every week being on the road that is stressful, driving hundreds of miles is stressful.“
Props from the pros
The Nightmare Factory product received rave reviews for his performance from Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes.
“After the match Cody said to me ‘good job on rising to the occasion’ with that he gave me pointers getting props from Cody was a highlight and Jericho giving me a shout out on Twitter. Cody and Jericho I’ve watched those guys as a kid and being on the show with them is one thing but getting props after the much was cool too”
Angels also talks about what inspired him to become a professional wrestler, the future and more.