Sami Callihan is set to take part in one of the biggest matches of his career this weekend, and he prepares to square off against Tessa Blanchard in an intergender match. Prior to the chaos that will be the bout itself, though, Callihan took part in an interview with Sporting News as he continues to make a name for himself as one of the most controversial & entertaining pro wrestlers outside of WWE.
Check out some highlights below:
How IMPACT is different from WWE:
In WWE, it seemed like we had to get permission to take a piss. In IMPACT Wrestling, it’s ok if you make a mistake and help you learn along the way in every single aspect of what you want to do and need to do.
I don’t feel like my dick has been cut off. The days that stopped happening was when everything had changed for me. Throughout my career, I’ve been able to evolve and do different things. I never want my character to become stagnant. I’m not complacent doing one thing. Every couple of months, I want to do something that’s going to create a buzz that gets my name in people’s mouths. And I think I have done that.
On intergender wrestling:
Quite arguably, we are going to change the wrestling world. Where’s there ever been an intergender match of this proportion even though we aren’t the headliners on pay-per-view?
Some people may hate intergender wrestling, but I’m a big proponent of it. It’s going to be part of the wave of the future. On the independent scene, intergender wrestling has picked up the last couple of years. It should be, ‘Wow, a female is going to wrestle this male. How did we get here?’
I look at wrestling as if I can tell some stories, especially with someone like Tessa Blanchard. I may not agree with her. I may think she’s a dumb b—ch sometimes. But at the same time, I think Tessa Blanchard, regardless of male or female, is one of the best workers on the planet right now.
Why Tessa Blanchard is special:
Because she doesn’t walk on eggshells. Tessa Blanchard is a bad b—ch. She’s a tough son of a b—ch. She goes out there looking every single time to be the best professional wrestler on the planet just like me. And that’s why we butt heads.
On Sunday, we are going to go out there and leave it all on the line and see who the better person is man or female.
Why Slammiversary is worth buying:
We have some of the best PPV’s of any wrestling company. I’d put last year’s Slammiversary against any wrestling pay-per-view of the previous year. That’s how amazing the show was. And this year’s Slammiversary exceeds last year’s easily. You have a lot of people right now saying their company is the best. I’m stepping up and saying I want to be one of the leaders of Impact Wrestling that helps bring this company to the new wave and have this company contend again. I think Sunday’s show is going to do precisely that when we have the best pay-per-view of the year.