Interview: In conversation with X-Division stars Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley
This week's Impact Wrestling teleconference is a constant tug of war between the journalists and the X-Division superstars. Current X-Division champion, Trevor Lee and his close aide, Caleb Konley refuse to break character, even when the serious questions come in from journalists that hail from all across the world.
I try and adopt a more fun approach for the interview, asking questions that befit their current mood. I ask Konley about being the latest superstar to play 'Suicide', the masked persona adopted by legendary professional wrestlers such as TJP, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. As one would expect, no real answer is forthcoming.
Caleb Konley: I don't know what this guy's talking about. I don't want to misinterpret what this guy said.
Trevor Lee: It sounded like he talked about being suicidal. I thought you were on a healthy track.
Caleb Konley: Life is pretty good right now. I have no reason to even think about suicide.
Undeterred, I ask the both of them who they think could be the wrestler playing Suicide, if it is not Caleb Konley (only it is):
Trevor Lee: I've been wondering that myself. I've also been wondering who's the Mumbai Cat (yet another character that was portayed by Caleb Konley).
Caleb Konley: Nobody's seen Davey Richards for some time. It'll probably be him.
I first met Trevor Lee during the Impact Wrestling tapings in Mumbai and was blown away by his talent when I saw him wrestle. My sentiments are echoed by Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore, who named Trevor Lee as one of the homegrown stars that the company will be based around.
I let Lee know about the faith his boss has in him, and still get kayfabed:
Trevor Lee: Well I didn't even have to say it this time. What have I been preaching this whole time? Yeah, I'm the greatest X-Division guy but I'm also the greatest guy. Like I said no one can do what I can do, but I can do everything that they can do.
The leader of the 'Cult of Lee' then becomes philosophical undermining his opponents and of course, putting himself over:
Trevor Lee: Hard work can get you a lot of things. But hard work can never beat someone with talent, that does that same hard work. Trevor Lee's going to (volume increases) RISE TO THE TOP (volume decreases) and Scott D'Amore already said it. (evil laughter)
Trevor was once a part of the Helms Dynasty, led by Shane Helms (better known to WWE fans as The Hurricane). I ask Lee about Helm's recent Twitter altercation with Mia Khalifa, who made disparaging comments on professional wrestling:
Trevor Lee: (Laughs) Honestly man, I don't know how to answer this question. You know, people bash professional wrestling. But Shane Helms, he's a master with words. And that's all I can say.
Finally, I ask them about their experience wrestling in India, in front of a really hot crowd.
Trevor Lee: Me and Caleb had a great time in India. Me and Caleb woke up every morning. We ate wonderful fruit. We worked out in the gym. That's where we started the seed, the little seed that we needed to grow into such a beautiful plant.
It's really cool to know that their alliance was forged in India. For what it is worth, they are one of the most entertaining acts in Impact Wrestling, at this very moment. I wish them both all the best and hope for their continued success. Maybe, one day, I too can be a part of the 'Cult of Lee'.
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