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Makita talks Ring of Honor, meeting Eddie Guerrero, his final opponent, wrestling in South Africa and more (Exclusive)

Pezo Lutete
FEATURED WRITER
Exclusive
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:36 IST

SK: You have wrestled all over the world and faced a lot of people. Who do you want to step into the ring with before hanging up your boots?

Makita: Definitely, that's an easy one. Uh, PJ Black AKA Justin Gabriel... South African's own. Yeah, that's the man.

SK: You competed in the 2019 Ring of Honor Top Prospect Tournament where you had an incredible match with Dak Draper. How did you feel taking part in the tournament?

Makita: Oh, Uhm. I felt like it was... everybody gets this moment where you do everything, but there's still like, especially in the country that you're wrestling, you still have that one big or maybe have a couple of big companies that you really wanna feature yourself in. I think Ring of Honor, as far as independency, is the biggest company there is, that's not WWE. Uhm, so being selected to be apart of that tournament meant that I'm actually one of the best, you know, if not.

At my weight class anyway because as far as cruiserweights, uh, you look at the whole tournament. I literally was the only cruiserweight that was picked up to be in that entire tournament with a bunch of heavyweights and middleweight guys, you know. So, to me, it was an honour and, it's always an honour for me anyway because it's like; everywhere I go, I'm making history.

You know, that Top Prospect tournament, I'm the first from my country to have featured in Ring of Honor. Uh, the first in a Top Prospect tournament, you know, competition. The first to ever try out for Ring of Honor. Uh, so, Uhm, and they-that also there's a lot of interest in the company, you know. They want to do more things with me, so right now its just 'ey, whoever,' uh, if the money is right then, you know, Ring of Honor will have me on their shows again. So...

SK: In October, you'll have your first match in South Africa. What can the South African fans expect from Makita?

Makita: Uhm, I will say this: I'm not the same kind of cruiserweight that they think of. In the aspect of—when you think of cruiserweights what do you think of? A guy who would do a couple of flips, you know, crazy dives. Right, the highflyer life. I'm not saying... some of them, but I do not do—I will not—I-I'm not the traditional uh Uhm... highflyer if I may say it that way. I'm more of a—you would see more aggression. Uh, more—I do a lot—I throw a lot of kicks.

Uh, martial arts is my style, so hm, you would see me kick people's heads off. That's pretty much it. Like, there is no—you will see just ruthless aggression. Because most of the time, me being an African wrestler, they go 'he looks little but tough guy.' So we're gonna put him with the biggest, the strongest guys, you know, and then I go out there. I can't go out there doing what Rey Mysterio does, you know, because that doesn't work for every big guy, you know.

So you have to come out to these guys and you have to bring the fight to them. And so like the biggest thing and the biggest weapons I have is my legs, you know. So, yeah Uhm, that's exactly what uh, South Africa is in for a treat. Just, quick legs."

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Published 27 Sep 2019, 01:01 IST
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