Steve McLean He will continue to be tagged and bagged until he gets the title shot he believes he has earned.
Impact Wrestling is heading to Orlando for the New Year’s Revolution on January 20th and 21st, and WrestleZone spoke with Steve McLean to promote the weekend’s slate of events. McLean is coming off a big win over Rich Swann at IMPACT’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view, and he says Swann was just the latest in a line of former world champions on his way to gold.
“I feel good [after Hard To Kill]. I don’t want to take away from Rich Swann, he’s a tough little guy. He’s pound-for-pound one of those tough guys who can do everything in the ring and props to him,” McLean noted, “but props to me for beating another former world champion. I don’t know what it will take to get my shot at Josh Alexander and how many former world champions to beat.”
McLean wants the world title that is currently held by Josh Alexander, and it seems that matchup will happen in many ways. Asked if it mattered if he challenged Alexander or another potential champion, McLean said he hopes Alexander will be standing across the ring when he finally gets his title match.
“So Josh is the longest reigning champion, and kudos to him for that. Being number one in IMPACT Wrestling as the longest reigning world champion is an accomplishment, but at the same time, I’m doing the best I can, beating everyone that’s put in front of me. I have been doing this for the past two years. It’s kind of funny that everybody’s like, ‘Oh, you’ve gone from nobody to somebody.’ No, I was one, you just didn’t know about it. That’s the fun part, I’ve been who I’ve been this whole time and it’s just been building and building. If it gets Josh and I, whether it’s at No Surrender or even at the Toronto Rebellion, which was just announced, I don’t know. I hope it’s Josh that I can finally face for the title,” McLean said. “I think it’s going to be a match that everybody wants to see and feels like it should be and it seems like the right thing to do. But I also think I could have done that match months ago if necessary, but Scott D’Amore prefers to see otherwise.
Scott D’Amore was fired from television after being attacked by Bully Ray, so IMPACT brought in Santino Marella as the Authority’s new director. McLean says that regardless of the charge, he still feels he has earned his spot at the top of the card and will continue to beat former champions until he gets what he wants.
“I just think Santino must do the right thing and give me what I have rightly earned. I’m not one to complain, and if people think of it as me complaining or whining that I don’t have a shot, then I guess I haven’t earned it in their eyes. To me, I have. Nothing has been announced yet for what’s happening at New Year’s Revolution, and that’s the good part about it. It’s Impact Wrestling that’s in the marquee and that’s what people see. Whether you see me beat another former world champion or not, you’re getting the best wrestling on the planet that day.”
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Steve McLean squared off with Dirty Dango on Thursday’s Hard to Kill Fallout edition of IMPACT, with McLean picking up the win. McLean was asked what it’s like to work with Dango, who has become more known for his comedic skills in recent years. McLean mentioned how Dango started out as a serious character and went back to their days together in NXT.
“You also can’t forget that he also beat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. So I know you’re like the character from Fandango and coming out of Dirty Dango, he’s still very competitive in the ring, and I don’t take that lightly. For the bullies that he wants to pull, dancing and all that,” McLean explained. “It’s all fun and games, but when I punch you in the face, there’s no dancing afterwards. So it’s either up or down. I’m like Said, I don’t take him lightly, and when that match airs, you can tell I don’t take him lightly.
“It’s also funny because outside of the wrestling world, he and I were married to each other when we were in NXT together,” McLean added. “We were tagging along with him and [Tyler] and the wind against me [Wesley] Blake a lot, so we got to know each other very well. So it’s fun to have those experiences and every good time and memory in another company, but now here we’re in a different light with the spotlight just on us. It’s fun to go out there and make a match that hopefully people will enjoy.”
Impact Wrestling presents New Year’s Revolution at Osceola Heritage Park in Orlando, FL on January 20 and 21; Tickets are available for both nights of the event here. Watch our full video interview with Steve McLean at the top of this post.