Montez Ford reveals that his fear of heights is the reason he uses the Frog Splash, using his fear in the same way as Batman.
Street Profits member Montez Ford is known for having one of the best Frog Splashes in the business, following in the steps of such legends as Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam. It may come as somewhat of a surprise, then, to learn that the high flying athlete suffers from a fear of heights.
Speaking to Denise Salcedo, Ford revealed that his struggle with a fear of heights is what led him to choose the Frog Splash as a finisher, comparing it to Batman using his fear of bats to spark his fear into everyone else.
“That’s why I chose it as my finishing move. Paying homage to all the greats that did it before me, Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam but yes every single time . I treat it the way Batman treats bats like Batman is afraid of bats so he wears a batsuit to spark his fear into everyone else. So I chose the frog splash because I am afraid of heights, so I use that fear onto everyone else. So that’s a little secret there I don’t think I’ve ever said that before.”
Montez Ford also spoke about his friendship with tag team partner Angelo Dawkins, confirming that the two are as close in real life as they are on television.
“What you see on camera is the same thing you see in real life. Off-camera, he was my best man at my wedding, so it’s a real-life relationship. So just to go through this journey with him, have our moms there witnessing everything, they [can] be so proud of their boys, and everything it’s just a great, great, great journey to share with someone.”
The Street Profits are set to compete in a triple threat tag team match against Alpha Academy and RK-Bro for the Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 38, and Montez Ford explained how this makes for a full circle moment for him as the first WrestleMania he watched featured a triple threat tag team match as well.
“So what’s so crazy is my favorite WrestleMania moment was the actual first one my mom got us on pay-per-view, which was Wrestlemania 2000. I remember the classic TLC match from there, with all the tag teams, so it’s crazy that now it’s full circle that my first WrestleMania is in a tag match with multiple tag teams.
“So just to see it come full circle like that, I think that’s wild. I would say that is my first actual imprinted like Wrestlemania moment and for me to now be part of a moment that I cherished as a kid is mind-blowing.”
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have been teaming since their time in NXT, and have held the NXT, SmackDown, and Raw Tag Team Championships together.