– POST Wrestling and Andrew Thompson recently interviewed independent wrestler Fred Yehi. Below are some highlights.
His thoughts on promotions dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic: I mean, they just have to do what they can. You just have to be careful and its gotta be safe. We know that we cant allow but so many people in and then, you have to take the just be careful with how everyone I know they want everyone in masks. Thats what Ive heard through the grapevine. I havent wrestled [much]. I havent had a match since the 60-minute Iron Man but from what Ive heard, they wanna keep everyone in masks while theyre in-doors. So yeah, they just have to be careful. I believe that the promotions who are running right now, they are doing the best that they can. Theyre taking every safety precaution that they can think of so, but its cool. Something is better than nothing and theyre doing what they need to do.
Fred Yehi on being contacted to work the ROH Pure Title tournament before the pandemic: Initially, I was contacted for it and I was like, Okay, thats cool. Ill go ahead and run with it and thats pretty much the extent of it and all this happened just threw it all off. So I mean, if something else comes up with Ring of Honor then cool. Thats really, really cool. But, theyre a great company, they have great talent. Jon Gresham as you mentioned, I consider him one of the best wrestlers in the world right now.
Fred Yehi on MLW and if a contract offer is on the table: I dont know. Let me first say, I enjoyed myself there but I didnt quite understand this is my experience I didnt quite really understand what was going on, what was really gonna be asked of me. I know they expressed certain ideas and I ended up going on a tour of Germany and then when I came back, its like everything kinda changed up. Like all this stuff happened and Im like, Wait, what am I doing? Whats going on? So it was more-so, that was my experience with MLW. Something about a contract was mentioned to me but nothing was ever further discussed and honestly, I was in the mindset of I didnt wanna sign with anyone. I just came out of a two-year deal with EVOLVE and I didnt really wanna sign with another company at that point. I just wanted to kinda freelance and get around and just keep learning and keep growing anyway. But, that was my experience. I had a good time working with Tom Lawlor and Simon Gotch, shoutout to them. Just interact with people. I had a good time. Linking up with Jason Cade and getting on the PS4 or whatever. I had a really good I had a good time but as far as that [a contract], I didnt really know what they were trying to do. It just is what it is.
Yehi on black wrestlers starting a wrestling company to spotlight black talents: Its something. I read Lou Theszs book like five times, The Hooker. So I read that like five times man. Its [racism] deep in the roots. It is what it is. Professional wrestling here in the US, its white-dominated, its white-ran and of course in Japan, they have their thing and in Mexico they have their thing and for the longest time, being a black performer, we were seen as the minority. In my opinion, we were the minority even if there was a Japanese worker on that show or whatever. Youd bring in the Mexican talent, the blacks were always the foreigner and the reason being because, the Japanese, they have their own. Mexico, they have their own. They have two or three major companies if Im not mistaken and Japan has five, six, maybe seven in theirs and here in the US, everything is pretty much the major companies are white-owned. Problem is, black performers, were striving to make a name for ourselves on these other platforms that are not owned or dominated by us and because of that, only a percentage of us really get those opportunities and [an] even smaller percentage of us reach a certain level of a higher success.
And it kinda sucks because it puts us in a situation where we have to compete against ourselves, which I see it a lot where its a shame where you dont really hear, Well who is the best Japanese talent? Whos the best Mexican talent? You dont really hear that. You hear that about the black talent, because we dont have something for ourselves. I put up a post on Twitter about a week ago and I just wanna clarify it. Im not at all pushing for a segregation. We, black performers, we have to be liberated from that whole system and we need to design a system for ourselves where we create our own stars, we create black stars and we dont depend on these major companies to do that for us. So, thats very important. I believe thats a change that needs to take place and I believe there are several other black wrestlers like myself who are taking those actions and who are taking that approach. Were not just waiting for opportunities, we have to build something for ourselves and will we see, will we reap all the benefits in this generation? Who knows but, we could be very well blazing that trail for the next generation of black wrestlers coming up but I think thats a pretty important its important we actually Im glad more and more of us are waking up to that, because again, itd be so phenomenal to see 20 black-owned wrestling territories running here in the U.S. and whatnot and then from there, venturing overseas or what have you but thats the thing, we need that. We really do. Theres too many, too many, too many of us who are just so talented and itd be a shame trying to waste all of that talent trying to get onto someone elses thing. No, build our own. We need to build our own at this point.
Fred Yehi on a potential Catch Point reunion and being an EVOLVE wrestler who hasn’t been signed anywhere: I mean, my thoughts on it is this; obviously were all in different places and I could speak on my story. I think its very interesting that actually, I saw an old EVOLVE card. Someone sent me [it] and said, Hey, what do you think of this? And basically everyone on this card went [on] to get signed to major deals whether it was WWE, AEW or going off to New Japan and it was like, Man, Im the only one on the card that didnt get that shot and I think thats pretty interesting and I think its pretty cool, and thats just my story. Thats just my story. Ive always made it a point to treat everyone with respect and be a professional and you know, Ive accepted that possibly, none of that stuff was meant to be in the deck of cards for Fred Yehi. Perhaps that was the case. Perhaps thats the case just for the next couple of years. Who knows?
Anything could happen, we dont really know but I know where my heart is now, but thats just what is what thats just my story. I cant really explain why it has happened that way and why it is what it is at this point. But as far as Catch Point reuniting, I could see it as a really cool thing. Would I be interested in it? Im kinda 50/50 on it. Again, were all in different points of our careers right now and I would have to make that decision of, Hey, would that be best for me? Id have to make that decision but, again, for now I know where my heart is for now so