We have included some excerpts below.
This interview is in conjunction with WZ & ROH’s Fridays of Honor campaign.
On being the first man eliminated in the 4-Way Survival ROH TV Championship Match at Final Battle:
ST: It’s selective memory. You are telling the truth but let’s also add in the fact that leading up to that I was knocking everybody around in that match. All three of those guys. It took all three of them to get me to a point that they ALL got me out.
ST: While I did go out first and it is very frustrating I’ve been in the ring with those guys individually. I know that the case could be different one-on-one.
On what he learned from Jay Briscoe getting to work with him in a ROH World Title program last year:
ST: Jay Briscoe has been very instrumental in just giving me some very good advice. Just showing me in ring that there is a different gear that you have to have when you are at that level. He has a different gear then a lot of people that I have been in the ring with. Tapping into that and being consistently great at that level. That’s the seperation for a lot of guys. Anybody can be great for a match or two. When you are at that level… you have to be great every single time.
On what motivated to drop over 100 pounds over the past year:
ST: I am a very goal oriented person. I knew what my role would be if I stayed at that weight. I know what would be expected of me and what I would be given just doing that. So, I wanted for myself to see if I could challenge myself to do this and show my work ethic and show people that I have the initiative to try and be a bigger star for the company.
During the interview Shane also discusses:
- How and why he recently lost over 100 pounds
- His ROH Championship feud with Jay Briscoe in 2017
- Wanting to remain in the ROH Word Title picture
- Coming up short in his ROH TV Title match at Final Battle
- Sharing the ring with his friend Kenny King
- What it’s like to work with another big man like Punishment Martinez
- His rough upbringing in Cleveland leading to his KO punch
- Cleveland sports
- His upcoming match against Marty Scurll at ROH Music City Excellence
- What ROH dream matches he has left
Shane Taylor On Being The 1st Man Eliminated In Final Battle TV Title Match, His ROH World Title Program w/ Jay Briscoe, More