Number 10, aka Pres10 Vance, aka Cody Vance, has been in the pro wrestling industry since 2015 and since that time, he has worked diligently, even sacrificing a university education to chase his dreams to become a dominant pro wrestler. We can all agree he’s on his way for sure, a definite stand-out in the Dark Order faction in AEW (all are awesome talents though).
It was while speaking with the good people at Dynamite Download that he looked back on his career thus far and he went on to discuss just which ex-WWE star is his dream opponent. Of the Monster Factory where he got his start, Vance said:
“…I started at the Monster Factory in New Jersey in 2015 and (QT Marshall) was one of the assistant coaches there, and that’s where I met him…He’s been my coach since the very first time I ever stepped in the ring, QT was there. So, I’ve known him forever. I’ve never seen someone be able to break down wrestling like he does and explain it to these kids who have never been in a ring before. He is a wealth of knowledge, and me and him have very similar personalities. He’s a cool dude; he’s one of my best friends. He was a coach. Damian Priest, who’s now with WWE, Matt Riddle was there when I was there; Nick Comoroto was there when I was there…”via Dynamite Download /Wrestling Inc (Transcription)
On whom his dream opponent is:
“…Miro is my dream match in AEW…It was more so when he had the TNT title, so I wanted that match, but I still want to wrestle him…I also really want to wrestle (Shawn) Spears, just for the 10 chants. That’s the only reason. Then as far as people I’ve already been in the ring with, Darby is phenomenal to wrestle…”via Dynamite Download /Wrestling Inc (Transcription)
It’s not so common for someone as young as Vance is (29), to be so involved with coaching, but he proves that he cares about the future as well. On his involvement as coach, he said:
“…Cody (Rhodes) does these 12 week camps with kids so I always help with those. I was very involved in the first two because it was during the pandemic, so we weren’t on the road. We were in Jacksonville every week…Now that we’re back on the road full time, it’s hard to be there all the time. I like it. I love coaching, but also, when I’m home, I have to try and get everything done before I go back on the road…”via Dynamite Download /Wrestling Inc (Transcription)
“Speedball” Mike Bailey signs with Impact Wrestling
This is tremendous news for independent wrestling fans for sure. Mike Bailey has taken the indie portion of the industry by storm over the years, and this proves yet again that the scouts over at Impact are certainly doing their job and the Impact Wrestling roster is getting nothing but better.
At only 31 years old, he’s been wrestling since 2006. He has made a name for himself at numerous indie promotions, but perhaps the fan following he achieved at IWS based out of Montréal, Québec, Canada is the strongest. He is a two-time and current IWS champion…his battles with the promotion legendary amongst fans.
He won the title once again just this past September, making it a total of two reigns as mentioned.
He also coaches on the IWS staff (yet another youngster that cares about the future of this sport). Having him in Impact may also mean an influx of IWS stars to hit the Impact scene and trust me when I say that that is an extremely positive thing, as the IWS dojo trains some of the absolute best to come out of Canada, so we should be hopeful about that for sure.
His training in Tae-Kwon-Do (he’s a black belt) provides layers to his in-ring ability that is rarely seen and yes even from martial arts-based wrestlers. He brings that appeal that can surely be compared these days only to Bobby Fish, yet also calling back to cinematic martial arts legends like Jean-Claude Van Damme. His matches are certainly a treat and to see him having signed with Impact is a great gift; I can’t wait to see his first match.
As cultaholic.com reports, Scott D’Amore offered the young man a contract after his match vs. Josh Alexander at the Destiny Wrestling’s Raising Hell event on Halloween. This is a great turn of events for a wrestler who was banned from entering the US to wrestle 5 years because for an unfortunate arrest in 2016, he having been charged with entering the country to wrestle /work without the proper papers. He was wrestling for Evolve at the time.