During an interview with Fightful, Erick Stevens spoke on his return to wrestling and his retirement match. Here’s what he had to say:
I’m a planner. My life is planned out. My wife’s a life coach. So, she’s big on structuring the day, structuring the week, structuring the months, and years to a point. So, the plan all along was to come back and really it was a perfect storm. I’m not gonna bore you guys with the long version, but one night the wife and I went out, we had some margaritas. It was WrestleMania weekend last year. I bought the FiteTV package. I watched a bunch of collective stuff and I was really jacked up because I hadn’t watched IMPACT! wrestling in years. I was really jacked up on independent wrestling and I was drunk, and my wife asked me, ‘cause she’s a life coach, [to look inside]. “Are there any dreams you have that scare you?” I was like, “Yeah.” Like, every year I’ve wanted to come back, but it’s scary as shit. It’s scary. I was scared of failure. She’s like, “Just do it.” I’m like, “Really?” She goes, “Yeah.” So, I tweeted it out, I didn’t even remember it the next day, but I got some interest and I figure, you know what? Take a couple bookings a month and ride it into WrestleMania weekend, finish in Tampa where I cut my teeth, the Ybor. I’ve actually wrestled in the Cuban Club before, not a lot of people that weekend. This coming weekend I’m going to have that distinction like I’ve wrestled there before. I’ve wrestled in a lot of those clubs, a lot of those bars and I just think it’s poetic to go full circle and to finish where I started.
You can read the full interview HERE.