Silas Young is not a complicated man. If anything, he’s a throwback in and out of the ring to a time when men took pride in their lack of complications.
That may not mesh with the modern standard of manhood, but one doubts “The Last Real Man” cares much about that. He has notably said recently his character is a tribute to men like his father and grandfather, who would be ashamed of the modern man.
“I guess it’s a bit of an older term, but (they’d be ashamed of) guys that are called metrosexual,” Young explained to CagesideSeats.com. “Guys that get manicures or get their eyebrows done. I’ve even heard of guys who are wearing makeup to contour their face. Or that even, as a man, I know what the word contour means.”
Young has turned his crusade against male grooming habits — outside of a finely cared for moustache — into a consistently hot act in Ring of Honor where he is a multi-time television champion.
Friday at ROH Death Before Dishonor, Young teams up with Bully Ray to face Flip Gordon and Colt Cabana in a tables match.
Death Before Dishonor takes place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and is available via traditional Pay-Per-View providers, as well as streaming free for HonorClub VIP, 50% off for HonorClub Standard members, and through FITE TV.
It’s a big show, but big shows are nothing new in ROH. And Young has been around for plenty of them.
Despite increasingly large crowds, Young doesn’t believe the locker room has significantly changed over the past five years.
“The locker room is always the locker room,” Young said. “I think that’s more decided by who the people are in the locker room. I’ve been with Ring of Honor since the end of 2012, beginning of 2013. The locker room has changed quite a bit, but there’s still a lot of the same core guys there. So it’s still mostly the same.
“There’s a certain level of respect given to guys who have been there longer and those guys who have been there longer help make sure it’s a good locker room. I’ve said it before, but it’s one of the best locker rooms in pro wrestling. Everybody for the most part gets along. It’s a good thing, everybody is happy. This is a boom period and everybody is making money.”
What has changed, however, is the size of the venues ROH can run, especially when it comes to co-branded shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Nowhere is that on display more than the 2019 show at Madison Square Garden.
“MSG is the mecca of pro wrestling,” Young said. “It is the biggest venue for any wrestler to perform in. It’s huge. WWF or WWE are the only company that has ran it since the 1960s. To be able to get in there was a huge accomplishment. But to see it sold out so fast is awesome. Everyone in the locker room was very excited about it. We’re talking about it already and it’s still six or seven months away.”
First, though, the tables match and Friday’s pay-per-view.
“It’s a pay-per-view so there’s always a little extra stress and excitement involved,” Young explained. “Just performing in general is an exciting thing, but you add in the element of a pay-per-view and a tables match and there’s a different feel to it. I don’t know if I would describe it as extra stress or more excitement because a lot of times they’re the same thing.”
As the crowds and venues grow, Young seems energized by the possibility of it all.
His brief stint with a WWE contract looks like nothing compared to the past five years as a valuable asset for one of the most viable alternatives in the would.
And success breeds confidence.
“I think in the next two years I’ll be world champion,” Young said when asked of his short-term goals. “That’s not a goal, it’s what’s going to happen. I’m definitely not a go with the flow kind of guy. I have goals and any guy who gets to this point wrestling and dedicated your life to it and wants to thrive definitely wants to be champion. If you don’t you shouldn’t be here.”