During a recent interview with Inside The Ropes’ own Liam Alexander-Stewart, Daniel Garcia discussed the struggles of independent wrestling in 2021 before naming the veterans that help the new generation break through despite the current challenges.
Speaking with Inside The Ropes, the current Limitless Wrestling World Champion discussed a range of topics including his 2017 match against Hurricane Helms, his future plans and who the current talent is that he sees leading the future of independent wrestling.
Whilst discussing the challenges of independent wrestling in 2021, Garcia would comment on why he believes it is tougher than ever to hone your craft on the independent circuit:
“I believe it’s very hard for independent wrestlers to develop right now just because we don’t have people that we can wrestle to give us that learning experience. When Johnny Gargano and Tomaso Ciampa and Chris Hero and Tony Nese, those people were on the Indies, they were able to get that good because they were able to wrestle people from the generation before them to make them that good. And we don’t have that right now. So a lot of guys like me, Lee Moriarty, Wheeler Yuta, AJ Gray, Kevin Blackwood, you see us hustling and really grinding it out in taking every opportunity that we can in order to improve. And I believe that although it might stunt our growth a little bit, I think it will help make us more independent and it might help us be able to find who we are as performers a little bit quicker than the past generation has.”
Daniel Garcia would continue on, stating that although a large majority of the experienced talent has be signed up by major companies there are still some incredible experienced names able to help develop younger talent:
“We still have obviously some guys left. We have Chris Dickinson, JD Drake, Josh Alexander. We have people who can still take independent bookings and really help us develop and grow his talent. Including the likes of Speedball Mike Bailey. It’s just not as easy as it used to be.”
Whilst discussing how best to support independent wrestling coming out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Garcia also noted that fans should stop putting so much pressure on performs to sign and simply enjoy them whilst they have access to them on the independent ciruit.
“Keep supporting independent wrestling, do not give up on the scene. Keep supporting us in the best ways you can. We are the backbone and the culture setters of professional wrestling and don’t put so much pressure on people to sign contracts because you’re going to miss them once they’re not on the independents. So those are the only things I want to plug. Just us, support us and keep doing what you do and you guys are doing great. And please just continue to watch, buy merch, like everything and retweet everything. Like, that’s all I really want you guys to do and enjoy us while you have us is what I want to leave it on.”
Daniel Garcia is set to defend his Limitless Wrestling World Championship against former EVOLVE Tag Team Champion JD Drake on Limitless Wrestling’s May 7th event – The Games We Play which fans can watch via independentwrestling.tv
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