Brian Pillman Jr is son of legendary late wrestler Brian Pillman. He realized that people would compare him to his famous father, but he did a very smart thing to try and avoid that as much as possible.
Studying tapes is essential for any pro wrestler to learn. Pillman Jr made a point not to watch his own father’s matches for inspiration. Brian Pillman’s Loose Cannon gimmick might have influenced countless pro wrestlers, but his own son doesn’t want to be pegged as only following in his father’s footsteps.
As Brian Pillman, Jr spoke to The Shining Wizards Wrestling Podcast, he revealed that he tried to avoid watching his father’s work for fear that he would pick up too many of his trademark characteristics.
“I think I’m at an advantage there, just because I was very smart in that I didn’t study my dad’s work a lot. And I try to avoid it for fear that I would pick up on too many things and be a little too close to that. It ended up that the way I studied and the way I developed myself that everything from his life just came natural in genetics and stuff.”
“There’s a lot of things I don’t do that have anything to do my father. But it just so happens to look that way because of our genetics. Our body language in the ring and stuff like that. Some stuff you just can’t avoid, but at the same time, I think it’s an uphill battle to constantly be differentiating myself from him. But at the same time, it’s a great way to exercise the creativity and the creative freedom that we have as pro wrestlers.”
Plenty of pro wrestlers would consider it an honor to be compared to Brian Pillman, but his son wants to step out of that shadow. He can’t help the way he looks because he is his father’s son. He could have changed his name, but that was obviously part of the legacy that he wanted to carry on.
We’ll have to see what’s next for Brian Pillman, Jr. He has made AEW appearances recently. Pillman Jr also asked for his release from MLW, but the company didn’t grant it to him.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote