Marek Brave Recalls Feud With Seth Rollins in AAW, Training Zicky Dice, CareerEnding Surgery

Black and Brave Wrestling Academy head trainer Marek Brave discussed his feud with Seth Rollins in AEW, training Zicky Dice and more in a new interview with POST Wrestling’s Andrew Thompson. You can check out the full video and some highlights that Andrew sent along below:

On his experience training Zicky Dice: From day one [Zicky was who he is]. He was in a pretty successful band and still is before arriving, so he always kind of had that stage presence about him and he was always quite the entertainer. Sometimes to a fault. I remember he might get mad at me for telling this story but hell get over it. I remember, coming to the end of his class, there was one day where just I dont know if he was in a mood or he wasnt feeling it or whatnot but we were having practice matches that day and he just decided to goof off during his entire practice match and he didnt take it seriously and he didnt try hard and he thought it was funny and a couple of his classmates thought it was funny but I didnt think it was very funny. I mightve been having a bad day too and I pulled him aside actually I didnt even pull him aside. I just called him out in front of everybody and told him he was being lazy, he was being a fool and if he continued to act that way, hed never have a future in professional wrestling but then he made a full-on career of being a fool so I was wrong on that.

“And he got mad and he yelled at me and you know, as a head coach, Im not gonna take any signs of disrespect from anyone so I yelled back at him and then eventually it got heated so much that I kicked him out of class but on his way out, he decided to do a little chirping so I followed him outside and I was like, You need to get out of here and he pushed me and I pushed him back and we came very close to getting into a fist fight right outside the doors of our training facility at the time. Thankfully that didnt happen and cooler heads prevailed and he called to apologize later in the evening and everything was cool after that and he ended up graduating and he stuck around for a little while and then went off and did his own thing and hes achieved some pretty good success and Im very proud of him. We talk all the time. Thats so far, thats so long ago. Thats completely water under the bridge. Were cool now. Hell text me and call me for advice, basically once a week and we keep in touch and hes doing great things and Im very, very proud of him.

On the surgery that ended his career and if he can ever wrestle again: On the 14th of September last year, I was in a six-man tag team match. If you go back and watch it, youll realize I didnt take any bumps or anything like that. I was kind of the one dishing out most of the punishment so I did it in a safe manner. So I was able to kind of get that one last hurrah as a babyface where the crowd gave me a standing ovation. We were in a really large venue with a whole lot of people there but it was an awesome opportunity to and again, that was a moment where I was like, This may never happen again so I took a step back once again, I soaked it all in and realized how special of a moment it was and I do miss performing all the time. All my life Ive been a performer. Even before getting into professional wrestling, I was in theater growing up in middle school and high school. I played sports, high school football and thats really big in our area so in a way that was performing as well. Since being involved in professional wrestling, Ive done television, Ive done movies. Ive been a part of WWE productions on RAW and SmackDown and a WrestleMania which was super cool. So like my whole life Ive been a performer so now, Im not so much of a performer. Now, Im behind the scenes and Im giving other people ideas and Im writing promos for somebody else if they need help with that, and Im coming up with storylines and ideas for feuds and matches that have nothing to do with me other than the fact that I promote them. But yeah, theres definitely a part of me that misses performing, but unfortunately its just too dangerous for me at this moment.

When I had my fusion, it was a C5 through C7, so that covers two vertebrae. They put a screw in the top, they put a screw in the bottom and then when they went to put a screw in the middle to make it a nice strong plate on my spine, I was hooked up to all these neural sensors and whatnot, since I was passed out and I wouldnt be able to tell them what hurt and what didnt. But every time they would go to put the third screw in, it would separate my vertebrae just a little too much and it actually caused my entire body to seize on the operating table so after trying that a handful of times, they just realized it wasnt possible so they had to leave that third screw out. So I have a top screw and a bottom screw but I dont have a middle screw, which means all the pressure from the strong part at the top and the strong part at the bottom goes to the middle where there is no screw. It was dispersed to the middle so that actually makes it quite weak in the middle so I wouldnt really be cleared to bump again. I wouldnt be cleared. Im not even Im cleared to lift again, but with restrictions to where if I ever feel like a little bit of pain in the neck or discomfort in the neck, Im supposed to stop immediately and unfortunately, every time I go to lift, I do get the pain in my neck and I have to stop what Im doing so, I cant really stay in the physical shape I need to be to be a performer at the level I would expect from myself, and I wouldnt be able to go in the ring and do these epic, 30 minute, one-on-one, main event-style matches and these big blow off feuds that Im so used to doing and that people would expect of me. So, at this point, it doesnt feel like its something that Ill be able to come back to in my future. Im not gonna sit here and say I never will. Im not gonna sit here and say Im retired for the rest of my life because theres always an opportunity, within the right storyline. As long as its safe and we can kind of structure it safely, theres always an opportunity for something like that but as of right now, I would say its pretty unlikely.

On his feud with Seth Rollins in AAW: My persona and my character and my standing within the company [AAW] just grew from there and so did Tyler, so did Seth and we actually ended up really, at the time in a very heated rivalry with each other in storyline and kinda outside of storyline a little bit too just because we always wanted to one-up each other and be the one to have the better matches and so on and so forth and people will laugh when they watch this but Danny Daniels always said I was better than him until I had my neck injury so, maybe itd be called the Brave and Black Wrestling Academy, Brave laughed. But we had an awesome feud for the AAW Heavyweight Title after he had turned on me as my tag team partner and I think thats kind of a running theme with him I think.


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