Dan Lambert, who is becoming a regular voice on AEW programming, rallies against hypocrites who think MJF crosses lines with his promo work.
MJF took flack from some fans for remarks made about Brian Pillman Jr.’s family on recent episodes of AEW Dynamite. Lambert, whose gimmick is in part a protest against “soft” millennials, wonders why pro-wrestlers aren’t given the same long leash offered to fictional Hollywood characters.
“Yeah, it’s pushing the line in everybody’s minds,” he tells Cageside Seats’ Shakiel Mahjouri. “But then you go home and turn on a TV and the bad guy is sex trafficking 12-year-old girls and this guy is a murderer and this guy is a serial killer and everything is great and fun and these Hollywood actresses are the coolest people in the world. But then MJF gets up and says something mean and he’s an assh—e. People are stupid. And by people, I mean you people.”
Lambert started a successful cruise line and founded American Top Team, one of the most successful mixed martial arts (MMA) gyms in history — home to UFC champions Amanda Nunes and Dustin Poirier, among many others — before becoming a pro-wrestling personality. Having aligned himself with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, known as the Men of the Year, Lambert now finds himself toe-to-toe on the microphone with legends like Chris Jericho.
“It’s fun as s—t. What am I going to say? It’s a blast. You got 45 years of practising in front of your mirror as a wrestling fan, yelling at everybody. I was always playing the heel my whole life. I always liked the bad guys. When you get a chance to do it and it reflects some of your own real feelings anyway, it’s even better,” Lambert says with a cheeky grin. “I know as much about pro-wrestling as I ever will about MMA. I’ve been following this s—t since I was 6-years-old. It’s what I wanted to be when I wanted to grow up for all those years. So it’s super cool. I would take any personality that they wanted me to do and run with any angle they wanted me to run. It’s just fun having a good time.”
Lambert was converted to pro-wrestling watching the likes of Ox Baker and The Assassin tangle decades ago with his grandfather. When it comes to Lambert’s microphone skills, however, he looks up to names more familiar to newer fans.
“Oh God, there are so many. It’s really hard to limit it,” he begins. “There are so many good guys. ‘The Rock’ and ‘Stone Cold’ going back-and-forth. Ric Flair. Just go back and watch an Arn Anderson promo. Really short, really simple, really concise. But, come on. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but toot-toot.”
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