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Vinny Marseglia talks The Kingdom, horror movies and the creation of the Horror King

Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny Marseglia
Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny MarsegliaVinny Marseglia with The Kingdom in Ring of Honor. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/James Musselwhite

Vinny Marseglia is among the prime up-and-coming stars in Ring of Honor, in addition to one in every of their most original and colourful characters.

Making his debut with the corporate again in 2010, he turned a full-time star there in 2016, becoming a member of up with Matt Taven in The Kingdom.

Since that point, Marseglia has tailor-made a brand new character often known as the Horror King, who brings an ax and balloons to the ring with him whereas sporting a scary horror-style masks.

The Kingdom have dominated the six-man tag group division in Ring of Honor, are three-time champions, and at the moment are a few of the largest names as Ring of Honor begins a brand new period in 2019.

With two main exhibits arising this weekend in Harmony and Atlanta (watch the Harmony present via the Ring of Honor Honor Membership), Vinny Marseglia sat down with Monsters & Critics to speak about his profession, his love of horror films influencing his character, and what it was like to truly star in an unbiased horror film that may hit in 2019.

Monsters & Critics: For a brand new Ring of Honor fan or a fan of wrestling who doesn’t know rather a lot about you, inform me somewhat bit about your self.

Vinny Marseglia: I’m from Waterford, Rhode Island. I began wrestling in 2010. I educated underneath Spike Dudley at The Lock Up Academy which is situated in Fall River, Massachusetts and I began performing some stuff with Ring of Honor within the yr 2012.

I’d completed a few home exhibits and TV photographs with them and I used to be capable of get in there with guys like Tommaso Ciampa, Davey Richards and Rhyno after which 2016 is once I formally signed with Ring of Honor Wrestling and joined The Kingdom as you see it at this time.

M&C: You’re referred to as the Horror King and are available to the ring with the ax and balloons — all in homage to horror films. Might you inform me somewhat bit about what made you a horror fan as a child and what led to you creating this persona of your self?

Marseglia: Once I was a child, very younger, I used to be in all probability too younger to be watching the horror films I used to be watching. My mom was such an enormous horror film fan — like simply nonetheless to today simply as huge as I’m.

She was the one which obtained me into all the unique, like, going method again to love Creepshow or you understand, Killer Clowns from Outer Area which is such a cliché corny film, nevertheless it’s nonetheless within the cult following of horror that’s nonetheless a reasonably large fashionable film to this present day.

Then, like, Fright Night time and all of the older…you realize, Misplaced Boys is my all-time favourite movie. And once more, to the Halloweens and all that stuff. My father wasn’t an enormous fan, however my mom beloved them, so we’d all the time watch them.

Even rising up enjoying Manhunt with my cousins, our model of Manhunt was I used to be the killer and I might chase them by way of the neighborhood and that might be our model of Manhunt and that was fairly wild. So, I’ve all the time been an enormous horror fan.

My spouse can also be an enormous horror fan. We gather and have a bunch of film props which are screen-used stuff and we’ve got like somewhat museum sort of factor in my home from all of the totally different older films.

We’ve got a Halloween masks from the unique Halloween. We’ve got Misplaced Boys jackets that have been used within the movie — only a bunch of various issues, artifacts from totally different films.

My spouse could be very huge into it too. TK [O’Ryan]who’s my tag
group associate, all the time tells those that me, my spouse, and my daughter are like
the legit Addams Household. I all the time assume that’s fairly humorous however we’re very huge
into it.

So far as wrestling, for a really very long time my largest factor was that I all the time felt like there was one thing lacking about me. I’m Vinny Marseglia, yeah, however who’s Vinny Marseglia in wrestling? It was all the time my query to myself and doubtless a query to many different individuals who actually weren’t acquainted with me. It was all the time one thing that I used to be all the time battling with.

It took a very long time and it’s nonetheless sort of evolving. , I all the time attempt to outdo myself with it, with…sort of having my artistic imaginative and prescient and making an attempt to tug extra of it and out of me that I can, whereas holding true to myself. It began to actually take off after TK received harm

Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny Marseglia, The Horror KingVinny Marseglia, The Horror King. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/James Musselwhite

As a result of when he received harm, we didn’t know what was going to occur with us as a staff. As a result of it was simply so sudden, you realize what I imply? And everyone’s minds are all over the place.

At that time, it was such a nightmare. And speak about horror, that needed to be the most important horror I’ve gone via, being part of that.

As soon as that occurred, I used to be type of in limbo for a minute. It
was identical to, you already know what, perhaps let me attempt to think about one thing, you realize,
as a result of I’m doing nothing proper now.

I used to be nonetheless doing unbiased wrestling exhibits and Northeast Wrestling was the place I used to be wrestling. And I keep in mind bringing a masks and one among my Misplaced Boys jackets, and the jacket simply felt — I all the time appreciated the jacket since I used to be a child. This was the one which Alex Winter wears that has all of the patches on it. And that was so cool, you realize.

So, I used to be like, I’m gonna put on this and I wore it and thought, all proper, that is type of cool. It’s not like a pressured factor or something. I feel it’s cool. I favored it, and it type of began from there.

Then I received a masks and had my Madness emblem on it. And it was
just about like a very good Jason duplicate masks. However, you recognize, after that, I
was like, it was cool, however it’s not Vinny’s masks, I’m simply sporting Jason’s masks.
Oh, so that you type of needed to provide you with my very own imaginative and prescient, my very own concept, and it variety
of advanced from there.

And, you already know, the balloons — I felt like, it might simply be so totally different for the viewers. I’ve by no means seen it in skilled wrestling ever. And I simply felt like, I’m going to do this. It’s one other factor that I felt was a pure concept for me, and I simply had a sure imaginative and prescient with it.

Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny MarsegliaVinny Marseglia wrestling in Ring of Honor. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/Steven Wright

What if we’ve got these moments the place, you recognize, it’s sudden. It could actually occur anytime — the primary occasion, center of the present, starting of a present, the after present, no matter. Maintain the individuals determining when is that this going to occur, in the event that they’re a fan of it.

Once I first did it, it was within the Hammerstein Ballroom on the Manhattan Middle and it simply sort of went from there, and I simply stored doing it. So, it’s simply turn out to be part of me.

That’s cool, man. If individuals don’t know me, should you go to a present, and if you see me and see what I do, hopefully by the top of the present, you could have a reasonably respectable concept of what I’m about, and who I’m.

I feel these sorts of parts that I’ve introduced into skilled wrestling are parts of my curiosity in what I’m about. I feel it simply brings one thing totally different. I hope I’m bringing one thing totally different so far as leisure into wrestling that lots of people can take pleasure in. I really feel like there’s lots of people on the market that do have these comparable pursuits that I do in addition to skilled wrestling, to allow them to take pleasure in one of the best of each worlds.

M&C: How cool was it for you once you truly acquired to be in an unbiased movie and unbiased horror film in The Discover, as a result of that simply looks like it might be the good factor on the earth for a horror film fan?

Marseglia: Oh, it was, man, it was the good factor for me. Like, at this level, I’m doing Ring of Honor, which was all the time certainly one of my huge objectives. You realize what I imply? And I’m there. After which, I get requested to do that horror movie, which is one other factor that I’ve all the time dreamed of doing, it’s simply type of…it was so cool to have all these things occurring, you understand what I imply?

I went there, and I stayed on the property for a few
little over two weeks, you recognize. We filmed each single night time, and it was like,
man, I seemed like a vampire for like two weeks. I actually slept all day,
would get up at like, four-thirty or 5 at night time. And we filmed all the best way
by means of the night time till, like, seven, eight within the morning. After which, you recognize,
I fall asleep and we do it once more.

Now, this occurred for like two weeks straight and doing it each night time. And it was cool, although, you already know, we have been on this large mansion and the home was unimaginable and wild and everyone was actually cool to work with on the film itself. I really feel prefer it’s going to be fairly good. I’m to see what individuals take into consideration — whether or not it’s destructive or constructive, you already know, no matter.

Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny MarsegliaVinny Marseglia as Damon within the horror film The Discover. Pic credit score: Shadow Vale Productions

I used to be speaking on a podcast final night time, and it has a Scream-vibe
to it. So, there’s this mansion a bunch of school youngsters rented out on winter
break. The character that I performed, Damon, who’s a part of an historic Indian
tribe, is in the hunt for this ring, and this ring has this sure energy to it,
in his thoughts the place it’s related to this historic tribe that he’s part of, however
he’s extra modern-day.

And on this mansion, there’s like a library, so to talk,
with all these previous Indian artifacts like headdresses and also you identify it in there. Damon
seems like that’s the place the connection is, and the ring is on this home. So,
Damon is seeking it early on the film all through different areas, after which he
comes upon the home and all the school youngsters are partying in there. You’ll be able to
just about guess the place every thing sort of leads from there.

And, you understand, it was enjoyable to do, man. And it was actually, actually thrilling — actually cool. And, like, you realize, kudos to you since you’re concerned in that sort of factor, too. And it’s identical to, man, the work within the movie, you already know, everyone with the cameras and it’s lots of work. It’s enjoyable. It undoubtedly is. However, man, I used to be identical to, you already know, like, wow, to those guys actually working onerous each single night time and it was spectacular. I used to be actually pumped to be part of it, you recognize,

M&C: Does it have a distribution deal labored out or is it going to be going to the pageant circuit first?

Marseglia: It’s gonna hit Netflix and Amazon Prime, and it is going to be on DVD in all places, too. So, you’ll be capable of test it out on any a type of platforms. There’ll even be an enormous premiere at one of many greater theaters within the Connecticut space. That’s actually cool, to me. I all the time like watching these sorts of indie movies or B-horror movies. So typically you possibly can rating a very good one.

M&C: This weekend, Ring of Honor goes to be in Harmony and Atlanta. I see that The Kingdom is booked to wrestle Hurricane Helms, Luchasaurus and Delirious — three very distinctive characters themselves. Speak about wrestling veterans like that, who’ve been round for some time.

Marseglia: I really like their uniqueness, you understand, I imply, it’s actually cool. And them three as a workforce is even cooler, you recognize, as a package deal. So, I’m wanting ahead to getting in there. We’ve had numerous good competitors inside the final couple of years — championship matches with the Bullet Membership and all its totally different variations. We’ve obtained to wrestle LIJ for the titles. We’ve achieved a variety of cool stuff as The Kingdom, so I’m wanting ahead to it as a result of it’s so totally different, you understand.

I’m wanting ahead to seeing what occurs on this match. We all know there’s so many various personalities on each side with Workforce Inexperienced there with Luchasaurus, Delirious and Helms. Then, you’ve all us and we’re very totally different in our personal methods too, so I feel it’s gonna be a really entertaining match, you understand.

Ring of Honor exclusive interview: Vinny MarsegliaVinny Marseglia. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/Zeke Dane

It’s a Proving Floor match. I’m actually wanting ahead to it man, to be trustworthy with you, as a result of I feel I feel it’s gonna be a very entertaining match. And I feel it’s going to deliver one thing totally different to the present solely. You recognize, the present goes to be superior, prime to backside, however I feel it’s simply gonna be one thing totally different for everyone to sort of take pleasure in. So, I’m wanting ahead to it. It’s gonna be fairly bonkers.

M&C: I used to see the six-man tag workforce titles within the old-school NWA and it went out of favor for some time, except for Japan with the trios’ tiles. It’s type of cool Ring of Honor has six primary titles and bonafide six-man groups — not simply mishmash groups put collectively. How totally different is it to wrestle in a six-man tag workforce setting?

Marseglia: I take pleasure in it. I take pleasure in it with the workforce I’m with, the place the chemistry is so pure. I’ve recognized [Matt] Tavan for over a decade and TK comes from the identical faculty that we got here out of so it’s the identical sort of coaching mindsets. It simply makes it loads of enjoyable. It’s straightforward and we join.

I don’t choose something — I’m not like I simply need to do that. I imply, we’ve had a reasonably good run with this. We’re the three-time six-man tag champs, so I imply that’s fairly superior. You need to be a reasonably strong staff for my part to sort of pull that off, so, you realize, I feel it’s fairly superior. The six-man tag title factor not being round for some time brings one thing totally different to the Ring of Honor product as an entire.

I take pleasure in singles matches, like when it’s me and TK — that comes fairly straightforward with our chemistry, so yeah, I loved all of it, man.

M&C: There’s been lots of people that that left Ring of Honor to maneuver on to different ventures so does that put numerous strain on these of you continue to there, or do you guys simply say that is our time and it’s time for us to show that we will carry this firm for the subsequent few years?

Marseglia: Oh yeah, man. Everyone proper now’s assured and targeted on nonetheless making Ring of Honor the most effective wrestling on the planet. I’m motivated. I do know everyone else is. I feel everyone on the Ring of Honor roster is able to step up and do no matter it takes.

M&C: Christopher Daniels advised me that once you guys placed on a present, you exit whether or not it’s a home present that nobody’s going to see however individuals there, a Ring of Honor on-line unique, a TV present or a pay-per-view and go 100 per cent each single time as a result of that’s what Ring of Honor is all about. What can followers anticipate once they come to the exhibits this weekend in Harmony and Atlanta?

Marseglia: Completely that, completely that. I imply there’s nothing improper with what he stated and that’s precisely what we do. You’ll be able to anticipate to return to Atlanta and Harmony and see everyone do their very best. To not point out that we received loads of new faces coming into Ring of Honor.

They’re superior. They’re nice athletes. So, you understand there’s different wrestlers that I feel individuals are going to be actually taken with and get behind, so there’s gonna be a whole lot of totally different stuff this weekend between Atlanta and Harmony that’s going to offer the Ring of Honor viewers one thing recent — one thing new.

We nonetheless having that Ring of Honor drive and that motivation and people nice matches, so you’ll be able to undoubtedly look ahead to everyone on each exhibits giving it 100 per cent.

M&C: Who in Ring of Honor are you excited to see, who you assume are going to be the subsequent huge stars?

Marseglia: Oh, man. There’s lots of guys, man — like there actually is. I obtained this imaginative and prescient proper now the place, like I stated, everyone is so motivated and fired up, you realize what I imply? And everyone does so properly, they usually need to proceed to sort of get to that subsequent degree.

It’s type of simply everyone’s heads are on the similar place, you understand. All of them simply needs to get to that degree in order that’s type of a tough one for me to actually, like, select one, to be trustworthy with you.

I can inform you that you simply’ll undoubtedly see a number of totally different guys degree up, you already know what I imply, to interrupt by means of that tumbler above their head, you get what I’m saying?

Ring of Honor is at Middle Stage in Atlanta, GA, this Saturday night time, and on the Cabarrus Area in Harmony, NC, on Sunday night time.