Vinny Marseglia is one of the prime up-and-coming stars in Ring of Honor, in addition to one of their most original and colourful characters.
Making his debut with the firm again in 2010, he turned a full-time star there in 2016, becoming a member of up with Matt Taven in The Kingdom.
Since that point, Marseglia has tailor-made a brand new character often known as the Horror King, who brings an ax and balloons to the ring with him whereas sporting a scary horror-style masks.
The Kingdom have dominated the six-man tag workforce division in Ring of Honor, are three-time champions, and at the moment are some of the largest names as Ring of Honor begins a brand new period in 2019.
With two main exhibits arising this weekend in Harmony and Atlanta (watch the Harmony present by way of the Ring of Honor Honor Membership), Vinny Marseglia sat down with Monsters & Critics to speak about his profession, his love of horror movies influencing his character, and what it was like to truly star in an unbiased horror film that may hit in 2019.
Monsters & Critics: For a brand new Ring of Honor fan or a fan of wrestling who doesn’t know so much about you, inform me a bit of bit about your self.
Vinny Marseglia: I’m from Waterford, Rhode Island. I began wrestling in 2010. I educated underneath Spike Dudley at The Lock Up Academy which is situated in Fall River, Massachusetts and I began performing some stuff with Ring of Honor in the yr 2012.
I’d carried out a pair of home exhibits and TV photographs with them and I used to be capable of get in there with guys like Tommaso Ciampa, Davey Richards and Rhyno and then 2016 is once I formally signed with Ring of Honor Wrestling and joined The Kingdom as you see it at this time.
M&C: You’re generally known as the Horror King and come to the ring with the ax and balloons — all in homage to horror movies. Might you inform me slightly bit about what made you a horror fan as a child and what led to you creating this persona of your self?
Marseglia: Once I was a child, very younger, I used to be in all probability too younger to be watching the horror movies I used to be watching. My mom was such an enormous horror film fan — like simply nonetheless to this present day simply as huge as I’m.
She was the one which received me into all the unique, like, going means again to love Creepshow or you realize, Killer Clowns from Outer Area which is such a cliché corny film, nevertheless it’s nonetheless in the cult following of horror that’s nonetheless a reasonably large well-liked film to today.
Then, like, Fright Night time and all the older…you understand, Misplaced Boys is my all-time favourite movie. And once more, to the Halloweens and all that stuff. My father wasn’t an enormous fan, however my mom beloved them, so we’d all the time watch them.
Even rising up enjoying Manhunt with my cousins, our model of Manhunt was I used to be the killer and I might chase them via the neighborhood and that might be our model of Manhunt and that was fairly wild. So, I’ve all the time been an enormous horror fan.
My spouse can also be an enormous horror fan. We acquire and have a bunch of film props which might be screen-used stuff and we now have like a bit museum variety of factor in my home from all the totally different older movies.
We now have a Halloween masks from the unique Halloween. We have now Misplaced Boys jackets that have been utilized in the movie — only a bunch of various things, artifacts from totally different movies.
My spouse could be very huge into it too. TK [O’Ryan], who’s my tag
group companion, all the time tells folks that me, my spouse, and my daughter are like
the legit Addams Household. I all the time assume that’s fairly humorous however we’re very massive
So far as wrestling, for a really very long time my largest factor was that I all the time felt like there was one thing lacking about me. I’m Vinny Marseglia, yeah, however who’s Vinny Marseglia in wrestling? It was all the time my query to myself and in all probability a query to many different individuals who actually weren’t acquainted with me. It was all the time one thing that I used to be all the time battling with.
It took a very long time and it’s nonetheless type of evolving. , I all the time attempt to outdo myself with it, with…type of having my artistic imaginative and prescient and making an attempt to tug extra of it and out of me that I can, whereas protecting true to myself. It began to actually take off after TK acquired harm
Vinny Marseglia, The Horror King. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/James Musselwhite
As a result of when he received harm, we didn’t know what was going to occur with us as a group. As a result of it was simply so sudden, you understand what I imply? And everyone’s minds are in all places.
At that time, it was such a nightmare. And speak about horror, that needed to be the largest horror I’ve gone by means of, being an element of that.
As soon as that occurred, I used to be variety of in limbo for a minute. It
was identical to, you already know what, perhaps let me attempt to assume of one thing, you already know,
as a result of I’m doing nothing proper now.
I used to be nonetheless doing unbiased wrestling exhibits and Northeast Wrestling was the place I used to be wrestling. And I keep in mind bringing a masks and one of my Misplaced Boys jackets, and the jacket simply felt — I all the time favored the jacket since I used to be a child. This was the one which Alex Winter wears that has all the patches on it. And that was so cool, you recognize.
So, I used to be like, I’m gonna put on this and I wore it and thought, all proper, that is type of cool. It’s not like a pressured factor or something. I feel it’s cool. I appreciated it, and it type of began from there.
Then I received a masks and had my Madness emblem on it. And it was
just about like a very good Jason duplicate masks. However, you recognize, after that, I
was like, it was cool, nevertheless it’s not Vinny’s masks, I’m simply sporting Jason’s masks.
Oh, so that you type of needed to provide you with my very own imaginative and prescient, my very own concept, and it type
of advanced from there.
And, you recognize, the balloons — I felt like, it might simply be so totally different for the viewers. I’ve by no means seen it in skilled wrestling ever. And I simply felt like, I’m going to do this. It’s one other factor that I felt was a pure concept for me, and I simply had a sure imaginative and prescient with it.
Vinny Marseglia wrestling in Ring of Honor. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/Steven Wright
What if we have now these moments the place, you understand, it’s sudden. It could occur anytime — the most important occasion, center of the present, starting of a present, the after present, no matter. Hold the individuals determining when is that this going to occur, in the event that they’re a fan of it.
Once I first did it, it was in the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Middle and it simply type of went from there, and I simply stored doing it. So, it’s simply turn out to be an element of me.
That’s cool, man. If individuals don’t know me, should you go to a present, and whenever you see me and see what I do, hopefully by the finish of the present, you’ve gotten a reasonably respectable concept of what I’m about, and who I’m.
I feel these sorts of parts that I’ve introduced into skilled wrestling are parts of my curiosity in what I’m about. I feel it simply brings one thing totally different. I hope I’m bringing one thing totally different so far as leisure into wrestling that rather a lot of individuals can take pleasure in. I really feel like there’s so much of individuals on the market that do have these comparable pursuits that I do in addition to skilled wrestling, to allow them to take pleasure in the greatest of each worlds.
M&C: How cool was it for you once you truly acquired to be in an unbiased movie and unbiased horror film in The Discover, as a result of that simply looks like it might be the coolest factor in the world for a horror film fan?
Marseglia: Oh, it was, man, it was the coolest factor for me. Like, at this level, I’m doing Ring of Honor, which was all the time one of my huge objectives. You already know what I imply? And I’m there. After which, I get requested to do that horror movie, which is one other factor that I’ve all the time dreamed of doing, it’s simply variety of…it was so cool to have all these things occurring, you realize what I imply?
I went there, and I stayed on the property for a few
little over two weeks, you understand. We filmed each single night time, and it was like,
man, I seemed like a vampire for like two weeks. I actually slept all day,
would get up at like, four-thirty or 5 at night time. And we filmed all the method
by means of the night time till, like, seven, eight in the morning. After which, you already know,
I fall asleep and we do it once more.
Now, this occurred for like two weeks straight and doing it each night time. And it was cool, although, you recognize, we have been on this large mansion and the home was unimaginable and wild and everyone was actually cool to work with on the film itself. I really feel prefer it’s going to be fairly good. I’m to see what individuals take into consideration — whether or not it’s unfavorable or constructive, you recognize, no matter.
Vinny Marseglia as Damon in the horror film The Discover. Pic credit score: Shadow Vale Productions
I used to be speaking on a podcast final night time, and it has a Scream-vibe
to it. So, there’s this mansion a bunch of school youngsters rented out on winter
break. The character that I performed, Damon, who’s half of an historic Indian
tribe, is in search of this ring, and this ring has this sure energy to it,
in his thoughts the place it’s related to this historic tribe that he’s an element of, however
he’s extra modern-day.
And on this mansion, there’s like a library, so to talk,
with all these previous Indian artifacts like headdresses and you identify it in there. Damon
seems like that’s the place the connection is, and the ring is on this home. So,
Damon is in search of it early on the film all through different areas, and then he
comes upon the home and all the school youngsters are partying in there. You’ll be able to
just about guess the place the whole lot variety of leads from there.
And, you realize, it was enjoyable to do, man. And it was actually, actually thrilling — actually cool. And, like, you already know, kudos to you since you’re concerned in that sort of factor, too. And it’s identical to, man, the work in the movie, you realize, everyone with the cameras and it’s quite a bit of work. It’s enjoyable. It undoubtedly is. However, man, I used to be identical to, you realize, like, wow, to those guys actually working exhausting each single night time and it was spectacular. I used to be actually pumped to be an element of it, you already know,
M&C: Does it have a distribution deal labored out or is it going to be going to the pageant circuit first?
Marseglia: It’s gonna hit Netflix and Amazon Prime, and will probably be on DVD all over the place, too. So, you’ll have the ability to test it out on anybody of these platforms. There’ll even be an enormous premiere at one of the greater theaters in the Connecticut space. That’s actually cool, to me. I all the time like watching these sorts of indie movies or B-horror movies. So typically you’ll be able to rating a great one.
M&C: This weekend, Ring of Honor goes to be in Harmony and Atlanta. I see that The Kingdom is booked to wrestle Hurricane Helms, Luchasaurus and Delirious — three very distinctive characters themselves. Speak about wrestling veterans like that, who’ve been round for some time.
Marseglia: I really like their uniqueness, you recognize, I imply, it’s actually cool. And them three as a workforce is even cooler, you understand, as a package deal. So, I’m wanting ahead to getting in there. We’ve had lots of good competitors inside the final couple of years — championship matches with the Bullet Membership and all its totally different variations. We’ve obtained to wrestle LIJ for the titles. We’ve accomplished so much of cool stuff as The Kingdom, so I’m wanting ahead to it as a result of it’s so totally different, you understand.
I’m wanting ahead to seeing what occurs on this match. We all know there’s so many various personalities on each side with Group Inexperienced there with Luchasaurus, Delirious and Helms. Then, you could have all us and we’re very totally different in our personal methods too, so I feel it’s gonna be a really entertaining match, you recognize.
Vinny Marseglia. Pic credit score: RING OF HONOR/Zeke Dane
It’s a Proving Floor match. I’m actually wanting ahead to it man, to be trustworthy with you, as a result of I feel I feel it’s gonna be a very entertaining match. And I feel it’s going to convey one thing totally different to the present completely. You understand, the present goes to be superior, prime to backside, however I feel it’s simply gonna be one thing totally different for everyone to variety of take pleasure in. So, I’m wanting ahead to it. It’s gonna be fairly bonkers.
M&C: I used to see the six-man tag workforce titles in the old-school NWA and it went out of type for some time, with the exception of Japan with the trios’ tiles. It’s sort of cool Ring of Honor has six important titles and reputable six-man groups — not simply mishmash groups put collectively. How totally different is it to wrestle in a six-man tag workforce surroundings?
Marseglia: I take pleasure in it. I take pleasure in it with the workforce I’m with, the place the chemistry is so pure. I’ve recognized [Matt] Tavan for over a decade and TK comes from the similar faculty that we got here out of so it’s the similar sort of coaching mindsets. It simply makes it quite a bit of enjoyable. It’s straightforward and we join.
I don’t want something — I’m not like I simply need to do that. I imply, we’ve had a reasonably good run with this. We’re the three-time six-man tag champs, so I imply that’s fairly superior. You need to be a reasonably strong group for my part to variety of pull that off, so, you recognize, I feel it’s fairly superior. The six-man tag title factor not being round for some time brings one thing totally different to the Ring of Honor product as an entire.
I take pleasure in singles matches, like when it’s me and TK — that comes fairly straightforward with our chemistry, so yeah, I loved all of it, man.
M&C: There’s been quite a bit of people who that left Ring of Honor to maneuver on to different ventures so does that put lots of strain on these of you continue to there, or do you guys simply say that is our time and it’s time for us to show that we will carry this firm for the subsequent few years?
Marseglia: Oh yeah, man. Everyone proper now’s assured and targeted on nonetheless making Ring of Honor the greatest wrestling on the planet. I’m motivated. I do know everyone else is. I feel everyone on the Ring of Honor roster is able to step up and do no matter it takes.
M&C: Christopher Daniels advised me that once you guys placed on a present, you exit whether or not it’s a home present that nobody’s going to see however individuals there, a Ring of Honor on-line unique, a TV present or a pay-per-view and go 100 per cent each single time as a result of that’s what Ring of Honor is all about. What can followers anticipate once they come to the exhibits this weekend in Harmony and Atlanta?
Marseglia: Completely that, completely that. I imply there’s nothing incorrect with what he stated and that’s precisely what we do. You possibly can anticipate to return to Atlanta and Harmony and see everyone do their very best. To not point out that we received so much of new faces coming into Ring of Honor.
They’re superior. They’re nice athletes. So, you already know there’s different wrestlers that I feel individuals are going to be actually eager about and get behind, so there’s gonna be lots of totally different stuff this weekend between Atlanta and Harmony that’s going to provide the Ring of Honor viewers one thing recent — one thing new.
We nonetheless having that Ring of Honor drive and that motivation and these nice matches, so you possibly can undoubtedly sit up for everyone on each exhibits giving it 100 per cent.
M&C: Who in Ring of Honor are you excited to see, who you assume are going to be the subsequent huge stars?
Marseglia: Oh, man. There’s quite a bit of guys, man — like there actually is. I obtained this imaginative and prescient proper now the place, like I stated, everyone is so motivated and fired up, you recognize what I imply? And everyone does so properly, and they need to proceed to type of get to that subsequent degree.
It’s type of simply everyone’s heads are at the similar place, you recognize. All of them simply needs to get to that degree in order that’s variety of a tough one for me to actually, like, select one, to be trustworthy with you.
I can inform you that you simply’ll undoubtedly see so much of totally different guys degree up, you understand what I imply, to interrupt via that tumbler above their head, you get what I’m saying?
Ring of Honor is at Middle Stage in Atlanta, GA, this Saturday night time, and at the Cabarrus Area in Harmony, NC, on Sunday night time.