Brian Pillman Jr Interview – Looking up to Cody Rhodes
You may recognise the name Brian Pillman from the early days of the attitude era in the WWE. Having passed away at the age of 35, the world of wrestling mourned the loss of a true visionary and extraordinary wrestling talent. Following in the footsteps of his father is the young, up and coming talent Brian Pillman Jr.
We caught up with Brian to discuss his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps and make it to the WWE.
We also spoke about losing his dad at a young age and looking at Cody Rhodes as an example to follow. You can listen to the full interview embedded below:
On wanting to join the WWE:
I will tell you right now that I think the company that will benefit the most from me becoming a wrestler would be the federation [WWE], just because they have the trademarks, they have the name and they have the merchandising of my father. So I think it would be wise for me to go there. Obviously at the end of the day we want to make a good living for ourselves and we want to make it as big as we can.
I think it might be smart for me to perform on the indies for while to get experience in the event that I might not make it, that way I’d still make a living for myself. I will say that making it to the big leagues, making it to WWE would be a dream come true. It would be the ultimate goal to follow in my father’s footsteps.
One guy I look to, to compare what my possibilities would be is Cody Rhodes. Obviously he had the father and the whole legacy going for him and he went to the WWE and it wasn’t a good fit for him. He didn’t want to go with their plans and he had bigger plans for himself. Just seeing him thrive and doing so well on the independent scene has given me more options.
On his father Brian Pillman:
Unfortunately, being as I was so young, I really had no recollection of him as a father in my home life, but I did get the chance to see him on TV as a kid. One of the things I really remember watching on TV was the dress match. I remember me and sister were crying and saying “Our dad would never wear a dress” we were so upset. That was one of the big moments I actually remember as a kid on our big screen TV. It’s really strange, as his son I never really got to know Brian Pillman as a father. I only knew him in the same vein as every fan out there knew him, and that was his television personality and his loose cannon persona.
It’s very interesting because it gives me a void to fill, something to look for, and that draws back to my purpose in the wrestling world. He affected so many people, not just fans, but promoters and people in the industry; saying that they felt a friendship with him.
When I do meet these people I get to meet the real Brian Pillman, I get to find out about the stories of what he did and how he carried himself. I get to see behind the scenes of that loose cannon television gimmick. I basically get to meet my father and love him all over again through other people’s experience of him.
On becoming a wrestler:
Before I decided to become a wrestler, I really wanted to build up some mass; I really wanted to take advantage of these genetics that were given to me. I went through college and I sat around playing video games and stuff, so I never really realized my athletic potential. Once I started getting in the gym and doing cross fit, getting on the box jumps and seeing how high I can jump and how much weight I can lift, I realised – wow I really am a monster.
Honestly I really think my style is going to be very athletic and I don’t know that I’m this huge gymnastic acrobat. But with some training and some good coaching I can perform those high-flying moves. I want to show off my speed; I want to show off my physicality in the ring.