WWE Hall of Famer and AEW Star “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson recently took to his “ARN” podcast to talk about his son, Brock, looking to get into the professional wrestling industry, his sons background in sports and Sting’s AEW debut during Dynamite.
Below are the highlights:
On his son, Brock, looking to get into the professional wrestling industry:
“I do know and I hope you guys will be happy to know that the first thing which he already had just growing up in this household and knowing the way I feel about people in the business and the way I feel about the fans, the way I feel about that guys should earn their stripes and pay their dues. He is going to be someone that at least the first time you see him, he will have fundamentals to where they are firmly ingrained into him.
He will be able to wrestle before he ever goes out over the top or climbs up to the top or he may never even climb up to the top. Who knows? But, he will be taught the fundamentals and more importantly than that, he will have respect for every wrestler that has ever stepped in a ring anywhere in the world prior to him. They deserve his respect because they are paving the way for young kids like him to possibly have a job in this industry.
He is being taught to respect fans, to respect the other wrestlers, and I mean the guy may have had one more match than him. Respect for the company. Respect for the industry and all of those things. I’m going to try to teach him. He’s already pretty good. He wrestled in high school. He played football in high school.”
On his son’s background in sports:
“He played left tackle at 170 pounds when everybody else on the line was 320 and above. That picture will crack you up. I am going to try to bring him along slowly and make sure he has a good foundation. Win, lose or draw, if he does make it, he will at least know his way around the ring.
You as a fan sitting there watching will know he’s spent countless hours with a lot of good people right now, including myself who can at least talk about psychology and the why and why not’s. It will make sense if nothing else and we will see what we got. I appreciate you being interested and hopefully if you will all in a thought just pull for him because I think he has something. Proud Papa. Nothing will be grander than seeing him step through the ropes for the first time.”
On having no idea Sting was coming out on AEW Dynamite during his debut segment:
“We do our best to keep you guessing with surprises. When Sting walked out of that curtain, you could have knocked me over with a feather. It was so cool. I’m one of the guys that saw him walk in the door of Jim Crockett Promotions on the first day, the very first day on the job which was going to be the beginning of an incredible career.
To be standing in that ring with him in 2020, you can only imagine what was running through my mind. Nobody knew he was going to be there. Tony Khan, let me tell you something and I don’t lie to you, I have no reason to lie about anything.
He keeps stuff close to the vest and when he has a surprise coming, he makes sure it’s a surprise. Nobody knew anything about it. It blew me away. You go back and it’s one of those things that happens and you can’t remember exactly what you said, but it’s crystal clear, your memory of what happened.
When he came up to me first when he got in that ring and I looked at him and there was no emotion there on his part but it was just like, I looked at that, and I think I said, unbelievable. And it was unbelievable. When they have the guys that should know what’s coming up next, don’t know, that’s a good thing.”