Hook: For the most part, I eat what I want, when I want. But I do that applying the knowledge I have from all the years of being an athlete and keeping my body in tune. It’s not like I’m just eating like McDonald’s every meal. I just kind of listen to my body and eat when my body says I’m hungry.
I have a fast metabolism. It’s very difficult for me to put weight on. So I’ll eat meals late at night. Lately, I’ve been having calorie-dense meals late at night to try to get more weight on.
I’ve never had that particular problem.
It’s just eating a lot of steak and rice. Tons of steak and rice late at night.
What about training?
Six days a week, I’m in the weight room. Lifting. Cardio. I’m in there for a few hours. It’s my favorite part of the day. It’s therapeutic for me. It’s difficult with travel sometimes but I also try and get in the ring two days a week.
I train mostly with a bodybuilding psychology. I base my workouts off of what I’m seeing in the mirror. Like Arnold said one time, you can carve yourself out of stone. If you know how to pinpoint spots that you want to hit and build up, then you can start to develop a certain aesthetic and look for yourself.
Before becoming a wrestler, you were on a lacrosse scholarship. Is there anything you learned during that time that informed your wrestling today?
When I was in high school, I started working with a private trainer and nutritionist. And they helped me immensely, teaching me the foundations of taking care of my body and getting in shape. They’d have me write out a daily meal log. They’d make sure I was getting enough calories in every meal, getting a proper balance of my macros, and making sure I was getting the right amount of meals every day to optimize my training. It was trying to stay informed about how all the stuff I put in my body helped my body develop. I don’t work with a trainer or nutritionist right now, but that’s because I spent years knowing what works for me. I know when I need to push or when I need to pull back.
You’ve been nicknamed “The Handsome Devil” in a business where people are paid to look good without a shirt. Does that keep you motivated to train?
I’m aware. But I’ve always had a passion for the gym and keeping myself in the shape that I want to be in. There haven’t been big changes for me now that I’ve been on TV.
Aside from the fact that your dad has had such a successful career with it, what drew you to the wrestling business? Why was this the thing you wanted to do?
I love all forms of creativity. I think in life you get a chance to design yourself. And once I realized how much creativity is applied in the world of pro wrestling, I felt I could really bring all my biggest passions together. Being an athlete, being a fighter, and being a creator. And, you know, kind of hybrid of both of those things.
You’ve quickly built a pretty intense connection with pro wrestling fans. How has that felt for you?
I still struggle to put it into words. It was such a surreal feeling. With all the hype that was built up before the debut, I definitely felt an intense amount of pressure. But I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I’ve had to deal with pressure before. So I didn’t feel scared. I felt ready to attack.
I want to be the AEW world champion. That’s it. That’s the goal. But outside of wrestling, I plan to delve into some other markets—design or artistic directing I also want to look at acting and modeling.