IMPACT star Trey Miguel was the latest guest on Wilde On to discuss his decision to remain with the promotion following his fellow Rascalz, Zack and Dez, signing with WWE’s NXT brand. Highlights from the interview, which includes Miguel talking about the importance of his training and family, are below.
Says that he still feels like he has more to accomplish in IMPACT on his own:
Zack’s married, and Dez is engaged now, and they just need wrestling in a different way than I do right now, if that makes sense. And they need it to do different things for them than I do. And I also think that, and I don’t mean to sound like I’m speaking bad about IMPACT, but I feel like they ran out of things to do with the Rascalz. You know what I mean? And there’s no need in just staying if there’s nothing to do, and I have ideas for IMPACT and I have things I wanna do and things that I didn’t get done yet, and I don’t want to leave without having that done.
How remaining close to home and continuing work as a trainer helped him decide to say with IMPACT:
And IMPACT also affords me the luxury of being able to stay home, which is like super duper important to me because we have a wrestling school here, and I’m one of the head trainers there, and I’m there every single day, and I’m so close to the kids that we have there, and the other trainers, too. And I have a lot of family here, and wrestling has my heart more than anything in the world.
Wanting to be close to family:
But I’ve just been through so much personally that I can’t pull myself away from my family right now, I can’t do that. I have a brother that passed away in 2013, it’s life, but my oldest brother just had my most recent nephew, and he was born two months premature because his mother fell ill, so they actually induced her. And he’s home now but he was in isolated care for two months and they named him after my late brother and it’s just like, I couldn’t imagine moving to f—— Orlando, Florida a month after this little miracle, you know what I mean? That’s not it for me. And it’s not like, if I don’t go to Orlando, I don’t get to wrestle anymore. I still get to wrestle more than anyone at NXT. I train whenever I want, you know what I mean?
On getting to work with Alex Shelley:
One of the coolest opportunities that have come out of it have been getting to work with Alex Shelley. I mean, being 14,15 and 16 watching him as one of the [Motor City Machine] Guns and Chris Sabin, like oh my god, I was just such a little fanboy over those two. To be able to have the opportunity, he’s made me a project, I mean from the wrestling to the personal conversations, everything. I mean like, it wasn’t easy having Dez and Zack just be taken out of my life, almost, because Zack was a two-hour drive away, and now we don’t get to wrestle with each other anymore. The Rascalz aren’t a thing anymore, and that’s been really rough on me. And Shelley’s been there the entire time, and I’ve had so many bouts with depression, and I feel like I’ve been open about it on social media, so I don’t believe it’s a secret. And he relates to that and he was there, he knew it without me having to say a thing. He was like, ‘Trey, I can see the inside of you crumbling, we are not going to let this happen.’ And every day is just [a] endless conversation with him about mental health and wrestling and he’s just one of the best people I could have met and gotten close to during all this. I honestly think he saved my life. I think that’s even more full circle than like having a dream to just be a WWE superstar, like having that come true. My favorite wrestler is now my big brother…. It’s awesome, and that wouldn’t be something that’s happening right now, either [if I signed with WWE.]
(H/T and transcribed by WrestleZone)