Ring of Honor star Matt Taven recently spoke with ESPN West Palm where the former world champion reveals a wild story about visiting the tiger zoo owned and operated by Joe Exotic, the subject of the hit Netflix series Tiger King.
Taven says that while doing a ROH show in Texas, he, Jay Lethal, and Dalton Castle visited the zoo to see what it was all about. However, he recalls the staff believing that they were spies for Exotic’s arch nemesis…Carole Baskin.
So I watched Tiger King like everybody else,” Taven said. “So funny story, me, Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle actually went to Joe Exotic’s zoo. Yeah, we did. We had a show in Texas and the next day we were in Oklahoma City. On that drive you see nothing but billboards saying, ‘240 exotic tigers,’ and then all of a sudden you see a billboard with Joe Exotic on it and you’re like, ‘I’m sold, I need to see what this place is all about.’
So we went and we had no idea at the time, and I kind of found out after listening to a podcast before Tiger King, they got really weird when Jay Lethal told them he was from Tampa when they asked where we were all from. Because that ends up being where Big Cat Rescue and Carole Baskin is from. So they thought we were some sort of spies instead of some random guys walking in without a family like everybody else to this tiger zoo. So they thought we were some sort of animal activist or spy. I think after they saw our reaction to, ‘Woah woah, we’re just here to see some tigers,’ they realized that we had no other intention besides exactly that.
Check out the full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)
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