Ring Of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal was recently interviewed by Newsweek to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Lethal was asked about the pressure of being the face of ROH, if he believes he’s at the peak of his career, and his upcoming title defense against Will Ospreay at ROH Death Before Dishonor. Here are the highlights:
Pressures of being the face of ROH:
“One-hundred percent added pressure. Not only from all the new eyes of people who have never heard of Ring of Honor, but now you are working, and you have to hook and wow them so they can want to keep watching. Especially since we sold out MSG, people are talking like, ‘Hey, what is this all about?
Let’s check this place out.’ But more than that, you have a roster of the best wrestlers in the world, and the world champion has to follow all of that. The pressure is unreal, but I welcome it. It makes me feel alive. It’s something that makes me feel like I can keep pushing myself to stay at that top level. To keep pushing to be the best or one of the best. It’s that ultimate motivation, and I love it.”
If he’s at the peak of his career:
“I thought I was at my peak when I first had my first world championship run. And I thought I was at my peak when I was in the ring with Shinsuke Nakamura, I said to myself, ‘Man, I must be doing something right that they gave me a dream match.’
And I thought I was at my peak when I wrestled Roderick Strong and we had a match that went for one hour and went to a time-limit draw. And I think I’m at my peak now.
So what I’m trying to say is that I have no idea [Laughs]. Part of me hopes that I am and the other part of me hopes that I’m not there yet.”
Jay Lethal will face NJPW star Will Ospreay for the ROH World Championship in the main event ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV at the 9,000 seat Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on September 28!
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