Niagara Gazette — Dudley, 42, broke into mainstream professional wrestling in 1996. As a seasoned veteran of major promotions, he’s often a role model of sorts for younger talent.
“I still get a kick out of guys when they come up to me and shake my hand and say, ‘It’s an honor to meet you,’” he said. “It’s inspiring. A neat part about wrestling is the respect that gets passed down from generation to generation.”
Just as Johnson is going to on Saturday, Dudley has wrestled in front of his friends and family before. He offered some words of wisdom for Johnson.
“When you get that loud hometown pop, you ride it. You use it,” Dudley said. “I’m sure (Johnson) will have that nervous energy. But with that, you get a lot of positive energy and adrenaline and you put on your best.
“If the crowd is excited, he has to be excited times ten.”
Listening to other wrestling personalities that he’s met on the road has been a central force behind Johnson’s development as a professional. He takes what wrestlers like Dudley say to heart.
“Spike is an awesome human being,” Johnson said. “He’s so, so motivational. Some of these guys come in and can care less about the younger guys but guys like Spike Dudley are just awesome to be around. They’re very motivational people.”
In the same ilk as Dudley, Johnson mentioned former WWE stars Demolition (the infamous tag team of Ax and Smash), Rhyno and John Morrison as being particular helpful to be around in 2CW circles.
While he continues to progress as a professional wrestler and meets people like Dudley who help him along the way, Johnson hopes the Major Decision, his suplex-to-cutter signature maneuver, won’t be his last “finishing move” in 2CW.
“I want to be 2CW champion someday,” he said. “Everything I do is to earn my way to the top of 2CW.”
The eight-match show begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets can be purchased at Cruisers in advance or at the door for $10. Front row seats are priced at $26.