– Insight With Chris Van Vliet recently interviewed AEW star John Silver. During the interview, he discussed the match where his tag team partner, Alex Reynolds, appeared to be injured and legitimately knocked out during an AEW Dynamite main event last October, where he worked before joining AEW, and working AEW’s emotional tribute show for the late Brodie Lee. Below are some highlights with John Silver sent to us by Chris Van Vliet, along with some audio and video.
John Silver on Alex Reynolds getting legit knocked out during a Dynamite match: I didnt know until Billy Gunn realized. I didnt see it happen, I think I was on the floor. Alex was in the corner, so I go up to Alex and he was fine talking to me. We had to do something coming up in the match. Billy Gunn was like, ‘Go check on him now.’ I go up to Alex and say Are you good. and hes like Yeah Im good. But hes just laying there. Im like OK this is our spot. Then he starts to get up and I realize oh no he isnt good. But the way he was talking to me was fine. He wasnt slurring or anything weird. So once he got moving, I could have grabbed him and done everything myself, but at that point hes up and hes there. It was so quick. I was going to try and tell Nick [Jackson] hey hes messed up, but at that point hes already doing everything. I think I said it as its going on, but I dont know if he heard me. Nick realized pretty quick as its going on that Alex is a little messed up there.
John Silver on work he did before signing with AEW: When I got hired, I was working at a gym called Lifetime as a trainer. My girlfriend makes fun of me because Ive had a million jobs. Since I was 18, Ive worked in multiple pizza places, kickboxing instructor, multiple gyms. Basically, anything where I could make money but also get off so I can wrestle. I got lucky because Alex [Reynolds] also worked at Lifetime, but at a different location. I got hired because my boss used to wrestle and loved wrestling. He let me have the days off but I had to show up on the days I wasnt wrestling.
John Silver on if he expected on his time as an extra in WWE to go further: No, because just the way that they do stuff. [In WWE] If youre an extra, that means nothing, unless you are an extra thats 6 foot 6 and jacked. If youre not, they dont care. How many people have been signed because they got squashed and WWE liked that? I knew it wasnt very likely. Back in the day, they used to have you do matches during the day, and they would see if they liked you then. Ive done extra work a bunch of times and Ive had one match during the day against Alex. We had a good match it went 5 minutes, but Im looking around and I dont think anyone there is in a position to hire anyone. People said they liked it, but I never thought anything would come from it.
Silver on the Brodie Lee tribute show: Im a pretty emotional guy, so that was difficult, but I thought I was going to be worse. The whole day was difficult, being around people. It was good too, but Im like I cant stop thinking about this. The match itself, if you look at the first match [Colt Cabana and The Young Bucks vs Matt Hardy and Private Party] If you look, I wasnt there for the entrance, I come in late because I went to the back. I went to my room and I was not in a good mood. I forgot Colt was up and I forgot I had to do the entrance. When I heard the music and I thought screw it, I started running. You dont see me coming out with them, but when Colt eventually does the pose, Im there.
The match itself, I got out there and I have the match on my mind. In a sense it is taking me away from Brodie, but its something to think about. It was right after once I hit the [discus] line it kind of all hit me at once. So, it was very difficult but it all hit me at once.
John Silver’s thoughts on Brodie Lee: He was the man. He was such a happy good guy. There was no negativity, he was always laughing, he would always have this big smile, especially with this big beard he had going on. But hes just a good guy. He bought the ring jacket I have just because it would help me look more like a star if I had it. He also bought me matching gear that I wore at the Brodie show. It was just supposed to be for the BTE sketch, and then I asked him hes like I want to buy you this stuff its going to be cool. Im like thats so cool whats the sketch. Hes like I dont know, well think of something. He didnt have a real idea in mind, but he thought it would be funny if Silver dresses like me one day. It wasnt cheap gear, altogether it cost over $1,000 that he spent on me that he didnt have to, I didnt ask for it. Just because he thought it would be good for BTE and for me and the skits we do.
Hes just super nice, always positive. I dont think anyone has a bad thing to ever say about him. He was such a good guy, such a genuine guy and so funny too. Were trying to get through these sketches, and he would purposely try his absolute hardest to make me laugh. If I laugh, weve got to do it again. You see so many sketches of him getting right into my face and screaming sh*t at me, and just trying to make me laugh. It always worked, which is why we had to start pretending we were crying because we were always laughing.
His future goals: I want to keep the ball rolling forward. Right now, I really cant wait until the full force crowds come back, its going to be a whole different world. I always want to be on TV and relevant. I dont want to fall off for a few weeks. Of course, you want to win the belt. This year I want an action figure too.