Calvin Tankman is an MLW signee that has made his name on the independent circuit. In a recent interview with Wrestling Headlines, Calvin opened up about signing with the promotion, working with Court Bauer, and more.
Below are some highlights.
Calvin Tankman on wrestling during a pandemic:
I think it can distract a lot of people but for me personally wrestling is where I can clear my head and just react and do what I do best. For that five to ten minutes, or however long I’m out there, the only thing I’m thinking about is getting the W in the match so all my pressures go away. For me it’s more of an escape. I’m glad that we are still this small amount of wrestling that we’re having throughout this whole thing. It was refreshing to finally be able to get back at it because from March until August there were maybe 10 shows across the whole country. Maybe. And then after August there were some, but at least for me personally…you don’t have that escape every weekend so being able to get back out there it was definitely something that was needed.
Calvin Tankman on Court Bauer’s backstage perception:
He’s that perfect in-between. He’s not too much of your best friend. He’s good to you, he treats you well, but at the same time there’s business that needs to be taking care of because we got a vision to where we are taking this. I haven’t had as much time with him as Holliday or some of the other guys on the roster, but in my time…he’s always there to help. But there is business that needs to be done so we got to take it seriously. I respect that…makes you want to work hard.
Calvin Tankman on why he chose Major League Wrestling:
Basically they were the people that said, “we are behind you 100%. We believe in you. We see you and we have this vision in our head of what you’re capable of. We’ll give you the opportunity if you can seize it and show us that you’re worth that.” Getting that vote of confidence in someone saying hey I believe in you really made me want to go out there and prove that I can do it on the next level. There’s a lot more guys from the indies going to bigger places now, but at time’s it’s not always as easy as that. There’s only so many spots that can be filled in so many places, so when you get an opportunity you got to seize that opportunity and kill it. So when Court came to me and said, “listen…I have this spot…I want you to have it, I want you to prove to me what you can do on this level,” that’s all I needed.