Review Fix chats with The Wrestlers’ Laboratory’s Chris Ruiz, who discusses the promotion’s upcoming show, ‘One Giant Leap’ as a part of Battle Club’s August 11, ‘The Bounty in Kings County’ event, as well as the origin of their new Nucleus Championship and goals for the future.
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Review Fix: What inspired the creation of the Nucleus Championship?
Chris Ruiz: With Wrestlers’ Laboratory’s tagline being “Experimental Pro-Wrestling,” my partner Mike Sweeney and I wanted to stray from the norm of championship belts. The inspiration was actually science fairs, and the thought of a kid getting a cheesy beaker trophy. Of course, we didn’t want it to look cheesy in a competitor’s hands, so we decided to spiff it up a bit and make it fit our vibe. We named it the Nucleus Championship because whoever holds it will be at the center of The Lab.
Review Fix: Explain how the first ever champion will be crowned:
Ruiz: On Friday August 11th at ‘One Giant Leap,’ which is the free pre-show to Battle Club Pro’s epic ‘The Bounty in Kings County’ event, there’s going to be a four-way elimination match to determine the inaugural champion. The four competitors are being voted in via a poll consisting of all the previous Wrestlers’ Lab winners, so in essence the fans are dictating the future for us.
Review Fix: What makes the Wrestler’s Lab special?
Ruiz: The Lab is special because, to our knowledge, we’re the only promotion that comes in the form of a free pre-show, and we have the ability to bring our brand to any other borough, city, or state and provide the exact same kinds of opportunities to hungry, up-and-coming talent. Not only are we making it a point to feature lesser-known competitors, but with our free admission, we’re boosting up ticket sales for whatever promotion we’re fortunate enough to open up for.
Review Fix: How does it feel to be a part of the Battle Club Pro family?
Ruiz: Incredible. Battle Club Pro is a magnet for passionate pro-wrestling fanatics both behind the guardrails and behind the curtain. It’s a place where people are putting forth their best work to build one another up. That kind of environment is infectious, and when you go home at night after a successful show like that, you feel like you’ve made a positive impact on so many people. It’s an addictive feeling of accomplishment.
Review Fix: How excited are you for the next few months?
Ruiz: Extremely excited. It looks like The Lab will be venturing out of NYC for the first time, and it’s not exactly one state jump away either. That’s all I can say about that right now. We’re really pumped about it, though. We have so many incredibly talented people knocking on our door and wanting to help us build this thing, and it’s humbling for sure. It’s really cool to see a road being paved way ahead of where you’re currently standing.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Ruiz: I just want to say thank you to you for giving us this press, and to everyone who’s shown even a remote interest in what we’re doing. We’ve had so many amazing supporters, and it looks like that’s not slowing down anytime soon. This thing has grown organically, and Mike and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lastly, I just want to say that I will never forget the promotions who’ve hosted us. This whole thing started with Dennis Long and Tier 1 Wrestling giving me the platform back when I was a one-man operation for the first two Lab shows, and then shifted to our very strong current partnership with Battle Club Pro. Those guys aren’t just partners; they’re brothers. After the first two events, I brought my best friend on as my partner. I’ve got my flesh and blood in my younger brother helping us out with funding. We’re not just building a strange little promotion. We’re building a family, and that includes all of the incredible talent that we’ve worked with as well. It’s been a surreal ride.
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