QT Marshall, who is considered as one of the most underrated, yet celebrated pro wrestling veteran in the industry, recently appeared as a guest on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, where QT had shared his opinion on Anna Jay and how she was put on AEW TV quite early even before she was ready as well as spoke about his wrestling school.
Below are the highlights:
On his wrestling school:
“I want our guys to be able to wrestle all the time because I hate when they come here and they don’t get a job. It is what it is. I’m never going to push for them. That’s just something I won’t do. But, I want them to come here and do extra work and have a match where Tony (Khan) is like, ‘Dude, that’s great.
Like Lee Johnson, we have to sign that guy.’ That made me feel great but when they come here and do a match and then nothing happens, it’s because they need experience. I tell them unfortunately you had four matches and your fifth match should not be on AEW. Your fifth match should be in Canton, GA in front of 19 people.”
On his opinion of Anna Jay:
“Lee Johnson and all of my students turned into The Dark Order (he laughs). Preston Vance #10, Alan Angels #5, Anna Jay, those are the three and then Lee Johnson was the other one that during the pandemic all got jobs. She (Anna Jay) is actually Glacier’s best friend’s niece. He said, ‘I have this girl.
I don’t know how serious she is going to take it because she is beautiful.’ I said ok. She came to the school and I thought I dealt with girls like this at The Monster Factory. She’s not going to last. Right away she got hurt. She needed shoulder surgery and she stuck through it. During that show at the school, she had done a match with Penelope (Ford) that was ok. It was only her sixth match.
I was at Cody’s house and he said, ‘What if we do Anna Jay vs Shida?’ because we didn’t have any talent. I said, ‘dude, I’m not going to lie. I’m not sure about putting her on live TV.’ This is her seventh match but she did great. She had a great response from the audience. They came up to me and said they want to sign her.
I said, ‘ok, but if she doesn’t do well, she is not my trainee (laughs).’ Of course, I don’t ever want to take away a job from anybody, but at the same time, just know what you’re buying. She’s had seven matches. Because she was a performer before doing recitals, she’s got IT. I used to say IT was just an excuse for hiring bodybuilders who didn’t know how to wrestle. Anna Jay has IT.”