This week, AEW announced their partnership with The Owen Hart Foundation, and it had me thinking about how AEW handled Brodie Lee’s situation. For me as a fan, it was a beautiful thing, especially when you start to think about the legacy that gets left behind. It makes me wonder, though: for you as a performer, as somebody who’s been in this for decades with more time in the tank as you embark on your AEW journey. Do you think about your legacy as a performer?
I think about where I can be of most use, I don’t ever think about legacy. At the end of the day, think it’s Carl Sagan who said we’re just this pale blue dot,  you know what I mean? I really hate to assign too much importance to pro wrestling in the sense of legacy or whatever it is, because at the end of the day, so much of it, that’s my legacy. If people think about me after I’m gone, I want it to be very similar to how people think of Brodie. We had so much fun, the last European tour that I did with him, I forget what the other match I would do was, but I was in another match and then I would alternate wrestling him first. On the first match on the show, we had so much fun. He was great in the ring. William Regal describes him as magic, but that’s not what people talk about when they talk about it, they talk about how great of a person he was.

They talk about the man.
Talk about how much he loves his children, his wife and how he would drive home immediately. If possible, immediately after the show, he’s not getting food, he’s not doing this. He’s immediately getting home because he wants to be with his wife, kids. When I pass, if people talk about me at all, they can mention the wrestling stuff. I want to leave a legacy that’s like, “whoa, he loved this kid. He loved his wife. He tried to be the best father and husband that he could, he tried to help his community.” There’s all these things that will impact people greater.

To me, wrestling has, oddly enough, always seemed like this very selfish act. I do it because it’s fun. I love it. Makes my mind go. It makes my body go. The energy I get from the crowd, I get more from that than I feel like than they will ever get watching me. But you have to be away from your family, so it felt selfish, like always leaving and going to do these things that I really enjoyed, even if I was sleeping on floors and stuff like that. At the end of the day, especially since I’ve had my daughter four years ago, my mind has switched from being mostly selfish and a little bit of service to more service and less selfishness. When you identify things that you’re doing because it’s a selfish desire or whatever it is, [I’ve been] trying to get in that mental space where you can identify that and be like, “OK, maybe I enjoy this, but is this good? Is this helpful? Is this where we’re heading? Is this a positive direction?” That’s where my focus has been mostly, and that’s what I want any sort of legacy to be.