Kevin Ku is a wrestler that marches to the beat of his own drum. With an admiration for the punk mindset, the wrestling star from Nashville needed some convincing to actually sign with a wrestling promotion, but happened to find a lot of that “do it yourself” appeal with Major League Wrestling.
Ku spoke with WrestleZone’s Dominic DeAngelo about making the decision to sign with MLW and how continuing his Violence Is Forever partnership with Dominic Garrini puts him in the perfect groove of keeping that outlaw mentality moving forward into the new year.
“I had some reservations about whether or not I wanted to sign with a company or anything like that because I come from the world of punk and DIY of where I’m like, ‘Oh I should do everything by myself,’ but it’s like, Dom and Tom [Lawlor] had a lot of really good conversations with me that this would be very good fit for me and I’m really glad that I did because, man, just watching MLW and the process of it and then all the talent they have I think it’s one of the best places to be right now.”
Ku and Garrini made their debut after the MLW Restart that took place in November and made quick work of their opponents in front of an empty audience, but Ku really dug the atmosphere MLW has created during cautious COVID-19 era tapings.
“I didn’t super miss it because we had such a good locker room going and just like a good dynamic cause then I had one of my best friends there with Dom so it was just like really cool to finally show the world what we’ve been doing on the independent for the past two years.”
Did Ku find that rebellious appeal in MLW?
“Yeah for sure. A lot of people say like ‘the last outlaws of pro wrestling’ and stuff like that, but the way that MLW does it I really think that they are because it’s like more focused on the combat aspect of it obviously so it’s like, that’s the type of style I really enjoy so it’s not just a bunch of hokey bullshit that gets lost in the shuffle where it’s just like, ‘Alright, well we’ll have this person do some fuckin’ conga line’ or something like that.
“I feel like MLW invests in every single person that is on the roster and it’s so refreshing and nice and I said this the other day that it’s like watching Fusion right now, there one of the few companies that are doing this type of no fans taping and I haven’t missed there not being fans there because the product is so good and just like the ambience of it is so nice that it doesn’t feel awkward.”
(Transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone)
Ku shares a lot more in this exclusive conversation, including his friendship with Garrini and the two’s admiration for Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in the reDRagon days.