An All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star has named the Undertaker as a major influence on his work inside the ring.
Team Taz member Ricky Starks has been very impressive since signing with the promotion, and has said that he blends a lot of different influences together to make his own style.
Speaking with Wrestling Perspective, he said:
“I was coming up during the period where Ricochet was really big on the indies, right. You had people just recreating that, so there was a period where I was like, ‘What is my style? What am I good at?’. I’m not good at Lucha Libre. I can’t fly around. I can base, but I can’t fly around. I think what happened is, there’s a method in art called pastiche, or in filming, which is essentially you take, there are certain things that you pull from other people that have already, you’re copying in a sense, but it’s through your own lens. That’s what happened with me. I think growing up and watching things and liking certain things and being so observant that it kind of just came by accident. Everything just moulded together, so I don’t think I necessarily have a style that I can give a definition to. Though I would love to, I just don’t.
“My favorite wrestler is the Undertaker, by far. Undertaker is my favorite wrestler so there’s a lot of things that I pull from him when it comes to selling. My other favourite wrestler is Shinjiro Otani. I love Otani. Those two are the biggest influence that I have just because there’s a lot of emotion that they have and there’s something unique about them.”
Starks teams with Brian Cage at Revolution this Sunday in a tag team street fight against TNT Champion Darby Allin and Sting.
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