Ring of Honor’s Shane Taylor recently sat down with Andrew Thompson of POST Wrestling to hype his upcoming ROH World Title match against RUSH on February 27, 2021.
A member of the ROH roster since 2014, Taylor has an option in his contract for 2022, but could potentially become a free-agent next year. Taylor is in no rush to sort his future at this moment:
“It’s possible [that I’ll sign a new deal]. Anything is possible. What I really wanna make sure is that no matter what happens, that Shane Taylor Promotions remains a unit. So if I do go somewhere, I wanna take them with me. If I stay, then we’re all there together but, the goal is to take this thing and make it our version of DX, our version of Bullet Club, our version of the nWo and make it something that people can celebrate and historically can compare to some of the greatest factions ever in the history of the sport and I think we have the talent to do it, so we’ll see.
“There’s a lot of time between that decision and right now so we’ll see but that’s the goal.”
On his upcoming bout with RUSH, Taylor could potentially become only the second African American ROH World Champion - after two-time champ Jay Lethal - and Taylor wants to make it reality:
“I mean that’s the goal. Only three of us [Black wrestlers] have held the Ring of Honor World TV Title: Myself, Jay Lethal and Kenny King and only Jay has reached the top of the mountain for the world title.
“That is why I make no bones about it that when I say I’m only chasing two legacies in ROH, that’s why, because we’re all here right now in our primes.”
Taylor continued, talking about the importance of representation and of having a prominent black male figure on top of a wrestling company:
“….Especially now in this time, in this climate, in this era, not only in professional wrestling but in society, in the country, to have a prominent black male figure standing at the top of a professional wrestling company, not dancing around issues, not saying things without saying them, actually saying them and standing by that, to me that speaks to progress, that speaks to innovation, that speaks to a willingness to really make change.”
Credit and transcription: POST Wrestling