“I run SoCal, don’t get it twisted,” was how Scorpio Sky responded via twitter to the announcement of Kevin Steen winning the SoCal Wrestler of the Year Award. The fall out of Sky’s comments seemed to trigger a back and forth between Sky and Steen that received a lot of attention. After the initial “beef” settled down I approached Sky about doing an interview to explain his thoughts. What I got was over an hours worth of conversation with Scorpio Sky. In Part 1 of this interview, Scorpio Sky and I discuss the Return of AWS, what it meant to be the CWFH Television Champion for over a year, his twitter “beef” with Kevin Steen and his thoughts about Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
J: I’m here with the premier professional athlete, from Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, none other than Scorpio Sky. Thanks for your time today Scorpio. The first thing I want to say is that last night I saw you at AWS show, terrific 8 man elimination match. What are your thoughts about the return of AWS and how did it feel to be in a match to determine the #1 contender?
S: You know, a lot of times you hear that titles don’t mean anything in wrestling. I tend to think of it as getting an award. It’s just like an actor getting an award for doing a great job in a movie, it’s that type of congratulations, and they’re kind of giving you the ball and seeing what you can do and if you run with it. A lot of people don’t do well, and a lot of people hit home runs. Over the years we’ve seen examples of both. So, getting the opportunity I was ecstatic, very happy about it, and I thought I could do some good things with it. I don’t think I’ve really ever had a chance to have a strong, strong run with a championship. I was always; I had it taken away from me for different reasons, whether it was injuries, which was a lot of the time. I would get hurt. I hurt my back really bad back in 2008 – 2009 and in that time I was getting a good run in AWS and EWF, and even in PWG I was doing really well and doing good things. But then my back just, eventually, it was 2 crushed disks, my L2 and L3 were both completely crushed. I wrestled on it for about 6 months and I couldn’t handle it anymore so obviously I had to give up the belts and give up the run and you know, it sucked because when they give you the ball, it is so hard to get to that position. When you finally get to it, and you have to give it up for reasons like that, it’s the worst. I would much rather lose the Championship to the next guy that they’re going to run with. When I did it in CWFH and I was able to hold onto it for a year, I don’t think it was anything that was originally planned, I don’t think they said, “We’re going to put the belt on Scorpio Sky and he’s going to hold it for a year, and he’s going to do this and he’s going to do that.” I think it just came together, and the booking creative team changed in the middle of it as well, early on in it actually, and fortunately they were fans of what I was doing, and they were open to listening to what I would like to do and it worked out. I was fortunate enough to have a great opponent like Willie Mack to rival, I think that just made it all the better. When I finally did lose it, people knew it was a big deal and it was an emotion moment for all of us.
S: There’s a variety of reasons, to be honest… I’m going to be completely honest, the most recent time I left was just over money, and I didn’t feel like I was getting what I deserved. When there were guys on the show making 7 times more than what I was making, it’s just kind of ridiculous to me. So I just put it like this, “I don’t think you guys need me, but, this is what I feel like I’m worth” and I got it at some point. And then we kind of butted heads because they struggle with finances and they always seemed to have a lot of money going out and not enough coming in. Which is the story for a lot of independent promotions, especially now a days. So, it just doesn’t make sense for them and it doesn’t make sense for me. I don’t really have any heat with them and I don’t think they have any heat with me. I think we’ve just both gotten to the point where we’ve helped each other as much as we’re going to be able to help each other, and we don’t really need to work together anymore. When they approached me about coming back with Joey Ryan, I thought it would be fun. But that was another issue I had. It just wasn’t fun there anymore. You go back to the days of Frankie Kazarian and AJ Styles and B-Boy and all these guys, and the dynasty, and we were having a great time, everything was fresh and new. They were doing great story lines and we were all really having a great time. The dressing room was pretty close. Now a days you don’t have that. Everyone is really divided; everyone seems to be played against each other. There’s a lot of animosity. You have to go out and you have to kill yourself every single match, and unfortunately for the younger guys they go out and they get hurt a lot. They feel like they have to do that because they’re trying to keep that booking, they don’t want to get replaced, which happens to a lot of them. It’s really unfortunate.
I’m just really at a place where I’m not willing to go out … there’s just a difference between going out and busting your ass every single night and putting on a great match and going out and just absolutely giving a blow-off style match every night and that’s just something I don’t agree with. I don’t think you should give every single move you have and give your blow off style match with a guy you don’t have history with and no history moving forward with, that doesn’t make sense to me and I don’t think that’s how wrestling should be. If you do everything you have in the nothing match, then when you get a meaningful match, what’s the difference? That’s how it is with PWG. You can look at the opening match and they’ll do about the same thing as the main event title match and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of story line so much anymore. Going back to the awards, that’s why I thought that CWFH could have gotten the nod in that because PWG runs 6-7 times a year, something like that. We’re obviously, every month, producing weekly television, we’ve got a lot of story lines, we have a really big roster. So even if people think the wrestling in PWG is better, which I don’t agree with, for my taste, you know, there are a lot of different things when you’re building a promotion. There’s your draw, which obviously they draw very well, and there’s your story lines, there’s your mainstream attention, there’s growth. Guerilla has grown very well but I think they’ve kind of hit a stale mate and they haven’t gotten over that hill that they’re on right now. I think they’re at a really high point because everybody knows who they are but I don’t necessarily see them getting any bigger than they are, meaning I don’t think they’re going to explode but I think they’re happy with that. I think that’s what they want. So, to make a long story long, it’s not any animosity, we just don’t need each other and I wish them the best and I hope they wish me the best.