AEW star Ricky Starks doesn’t mind the comparisons to WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Starks recently spoke with The Ringers Cameron Hawkins and was asked about people who compared him to the former WWE champion. Starks says some fans have even suggested that he himself is The Great One.
Starks said the comparisons are a great compliment. He also revealed that he was a bigger fan of WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker.
“I really don’t [hate the comparison]. In fact, it’s a huge compliment to have,” Starks said. “I think there is a misconception that I hate the comparison; I actually don’t. What I sometimes hate about the comparison is people say, ‘You steal the Rock. You’re trying to be like…’ And it’s like I don’t actually do that.’
He continued: “The Rock was never… the Rock was no. 3 on my list of favorite wrestlers; Funeral director was no. 1. So if people try to discredit my talents because they think I’m trying to be someone else, I have a problem with that. Yesterday I went to this event and people said, “You remind me of…” They always have to put an era of Rock on it for some reason, like “the Nation of Domination Rock” or something like that. But then I get people who say, ‘You just remind me of a young Rock.’ And I go, ‘That’s really nice. That’s really cool’, because at least that’s a connection you have.”
Starks will take on his former tag team partner Powerhouse Hobbs on Friday’s two-hour Grand Slam edition of AEW Rampage. This is a rematch of AEW All Out, where Hobbs defeated Starks in about 5 minutes.
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