Zicky Dice was just getting started in his feud with Ricky Starks over the NWA World Television Championship but he is sure they’ll see each other again down the line.
Zicky recently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard about all things NWA and beyond, and the “Outlandish” champion took some time to praise the man he beat for the title, Ricky Starks. Zicky says he bonded with Starks, now a free agent, when he first arrived in NWA and it’s tough not being in the same company anymore.
“I will say I’m a little bummed about Ricky Starks not being part of the NWA right now. I had met Ricky for the first time at NWA; we stayed in the same Airbnb together and we got linked up in this program together. Whatever went on between them is tough for me to deal with, I’m not going to lie to you,” Zicky said. “We became friends and there were only a few people I knew prior to going to NWA—Dave Marquez, Billy Trask and Royce Isaacs, and that’s because I worked for Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.
“Ricky won’t tell you this, but he loves me and I love Ricky to death. Ricky actually came out, I convinced him to come hang out and he flew from Austin, he came to hang out for 20 hours and flew back. We created and did something awesome, which I will send your way as soon as it’s done, but that’s been a little difficult for me,” Zicky said. “I find comfort in hanging out with Ricky and making friends, I’m still at the bottom of the totem pole in NWA and I know that. I’m still trying to find my comfort zone there. Some may say that I overstepped my boundaries at times, but that’s OK.”
Zicky has been a regular fixture on NWA Powerrr and the new Carnyland series this year but mentioned he’s bummed that he won’t get to finish his feud with Starks at this time. Starks told Busted Open Radio that if there’s anyone he could sell tickets with, it’s him, and it’s a claim that Zicky also firmly believes.
“Whatever’s going on with wrestling now and when it starts back up, you never know. I do wish Ricky the best from the bottom of my heart. He is a mega-star,” Zicky said. “I will say that right here, right now. Definitely keep an eye on Ricky Starks and give that dude all your love and support. The chemistry between us, it was yin and yang. It was bound to sell, but like I said, I wish him the best. It’s very tough times right now and if wrestling was rockin’ and rollin’ I think it might be a different situation, but we just have to wait for this to clear up and see where we go from there.
Starks parted ways with NWA and became a free agent last month, entering a market that seemed uncertain at the beginning of the “quarantine era.” Zicky says it’s been a tough transition for him personally, not only because of the work he put in but also because of the stress it causes, but he noted that many people have it worse off and he’s just trying to do what he can to stay focused.
“It’s been very tough. I’ll shoot it to you straight—I’ve been dealing with some anxiety, depression, PTSD. I came up with a recipe for success for myself and that was wake up, go to the gym—I train, I travel and I entertain. To have that rug pulled out from under me all at once—I’m not going to bitch and complain—but I busted my ass over the last five years to get to this point where I’m finally breaking out and getting some buzz. This is the wave that I wanted to ride and I’ve been trying to catch this wave, but so many other people lost so much more and it’s very tough times right now. I’m going to sit back and do what I can. I’m ever so grateful to have recently partnered with Twitch, and I’ve been building what I call the most Outlandish stream coming to the world wide web,” Zicky said. “I’ve got some silly things planned. I’m really trying to push the envelope once again with everything I do and over deliver so I hope everyone takes a moment to check out what I’ve got going on.”