A brand-new Conversations With Love is LIVE!

On this week’s episode, I’m joined by none other than “Tasty” Travis Cole! In our latest conversation, the two-time guest gets more in-depth about his career in professional wrestling, including:

  • How he’s staying sane during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The worst match he’s ever watched
  • Why the worst independent matches happen in January
  • Wrestling with a language barrier
  • Being a versatile professional wrestler
  • Differences between crowds province-to-province
  • Appearing for WWE Main Event
  • Wrestling against Shelton Benjamin at the first CWE show in Alberta

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Conversations With Love 60: A Conversation With Travis Cole

Highlights:
On his recent appearances for WWE:

“It was good! Both were good. It was kind of a surprise, to be honest. I’ve obviously done stuff there before; normally, anything I’ve ever done for them before has been in the US. It was a bit of a surprise.”

“When the event in Winnipeg got announced, I had quite a few people get in touch with me and ask me about how they could potentially go about getting themselves booked for that, so there (were) a few people that I actually helped get in contact with the right people so that they could be in attendance at the show. So, a few weeks before, I woke up and I had a couple of text messages and people had said ‘oh, hey, we got scheduled today,’ and I said ‘this is awesome, that’s great,’ y’know, I was pretty excited. Then, I happened to look at my phone and look at my messages, and I had a message as well. Like I said, it was a bit of a surprise, because I wasn’t planning on – normally, in the past, I’ve always contacted them, so it was kind of like a last-minute surprise.”

“It worked out great, too, because I had a show in Winnipeg two nights before anyways, so I would have had to stay in town anyway because a couple of the people that got scheduled for the event with me were travelling with me. So, it was kind of like, ‘hey, do you mind staying for an extra couple of days?’ ‘Sure,’ and then I go and look at my messages and it’s like ‘oh, I guess I’ll be joining you!'”

“The weird thing is, a lot of people get nervous when they do that kind of stuff, but every time I go there I feel like this is where I belong. I know that sounds cheesy or whatever, but I always feel comfortable for whatever reason that is. It was nice to be back, it was nice to see some friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. It was nice to get a check in the mail yesterday when I don’t have work for the next couple of months!”

“It was a lot of fun, doing Main Event was a lot of fun, getting physical with Shelton Benjamin was a lot of fun. My first-ever CWE show, CWE’s first-ever show in Alberta actually, the main event was me versus Shelton Benjamin so it was kind of fun a few years later to get thrown into a barricade by him.”

Wrestling someone with a language barrier:

“I mean, it’s definitely not easy. With wrestling, luckily, a lot of it is pretty universal. In Japan, for example, a suplex is a suplex. It’s not like we have different words that translate or whatever where it’s confusing in that sense. You just have to be able to adjust and I think that’s where sometimes people run into difficulties. It’s like what we were talking about being a little bit too ambitious. If you’re brand new, Spencer, and I’ve got you wrestling a guy who English isn’t his first language, you’re not going to try to string 20 things together in a row, and then try to converse that to him in the ring. Y’know what I mean? It’s no different than, okay, if you’ve been wrestling for four or five years now, and then you’re working with somebody new, you’re starting to get a little more comfortable but you have to work to the strengths and weaknesses of who you’re working with.”

“I’m a firm believer in playing to the strengths of the person you’re working with. There is something to be said for bringing the best out of the people you work with, there’s a lot of guys who push people to their best, but there’s also something to being said about realizing the limitations of the person you’re working with.”

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