For a man who gets “Worst in the World” chanted at him on a regular basis, CHIKARA’s Icarus doesn’t seem to be lacking in self-confidence, or success. While fans may think he’s only the 4th most valuable member of the F.I.S.T. trio, in reality he’s the one who has survived the endless battle of CHIKARA the longest. Names bigger and more loved have come and gone, yet Icarus remains. Having won both King of Trios and Campeonatos de Parejas, and now in the tournament to crown the first ever CHIKARA singles champion, Icarus is on his way to going down as one of the companies’ all time greats. We caught up with him as he prepares to start his campaign int he 12 Large Summit with a match against the formidable Sara Del Rey.
Interview by Sonny
For anyone that doesn’t know, please tell us who trained you.
I was trained by Mike Quackenbush, Reckless Youth, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, and David Xanatos.
You’ve been in CHIKARA for 9 years now and the fans still hate your guts. How do you put up with it?
I have big ears and often times funny hair. I’ve also managed to stay better looking then 98% of the general population my whole life. I am used to people hating me. It never bothers me in the least. Some people spend wasted lives looking for approval. I’ve accepted hate and therefore accepted myself. The ones who hate are insecure thumbsuckers whose Daddies didn’t hug them enough.
The Warm-up jacket. Fans don’t want you to take it off, yet you always do. Is it to show off your impressive physique, or is to just shove it in their faces?
Neither. I take it off cause it gets rather hot. Also, the zipper can be dangerous to my very chiseled, yet baby smooth, chest.
F.I.S.T. are former King of Trios champions, and you were the runners-up this year. Before losing to The Colony in the finals, you had very impressive wins over Team Osaka Pro and Team Michinoku Pro. Please tell us your thoughts on those victories.
The Osaka gents took us to limits the modern day man will never know. Kotega, Harada, and Spider are some very impressive chaps. Men who fight with valor and integrity could never beat them. Men who blur the rules line go on to the semi finals. If you don’t own King of Trios Night 2 pick that up. That match alone is worth the money.
The Michinoku guys are legends for a reason. They showed us the meaning of the words “heart” and “dedication.” F.I.S.T. Showed them the meaning of “Win at All Costs”
You have another big match this weekend with the BDK’s Sara Del Rey. However, you’ve been very dismissive of her, in spite of the fact that she’s killed men, and women, bigger and tougher than you. Do you want to retract your statement about how you were going to spend an easy weekend “beating up a chick?”
My therapist says I’m “massaginistic.” Sara Del Rey is strong, tough, and relentless. However Icarus is sly, cunning, and has a strong hatred towards women. I retract no statement.
Icarus. Chuck Taylor. Johnny Gargano. Who is the brains? Who gets the most women? Who is the most whipped?
Brains: Chuck Taylor
Congratulations on your recent Japanese debut for OSAKA Pro. Japanese fans are known for being very respectful. Were they more appreciate of you than CHIKARA fans?
Japanese fans are awesome, they give gifts. I got a freaking ninja star. They do hate me though. Odd little fellows.
Name three of your professional goals.
Two: Win back Campeonatos de Parejas. [CHIKARA’s Tag Team Championship]
Three: Beat up more people.
Choose a few words to best describe these people:
Mike Quackenbush – Master Technician. Fighter of Truth and Justice.
Johnny Gargano – Bee’s Knees. Master of Awesome T-Shirts
Chuck Taylor – Kentuckyian. King of the no Flipping Dingos
Gran Akuma – Bald. Cruel. Malicious. Probably very angry. Also master technician
Portia Perez – Small Canadian. Also probably very angry. You know, ’cause of the Canadian thing
Claudio Castagnoli – Pre-Jacked, skillful, experienced in leading armies in invasions. Ironic for a Swiss, huh?
In closing, do you have anything that you would like to say to your fans, and at which upcoming shows can they check you out?