Paul Walter Hauser may be the first person to properly include AEW references into a major Hollywood motion picture.
Many wrestling promotions have appeared in film. From WWF/WWE, to WCW, to ROH and so on.
However, AEW is a fairly new company, so this might be the first time it has happened.
Hauser appeared on Sean Waltman's Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast where he discussed this.
"I got this part in this movie, and I saw there were WWE references in the movie. They were in there because they had another guy before me who dropped out, and then I signed on, but I read the script, and I go, 'Can we change this to AEW? I happen to know the owner, I could probably get you a decent deal with the licensing and the images.' They go, 'Yeah, let us know if we can do that. That'd be great.' If you watch the movie 'Queenpins,' you will see, what I believe, is the first film in Hollywood to feature AEW in the film."
Hauser revealed that he actually wants to compete in a celebrity match.
"This guy on my shirt right here, Darian Bengston, he's a younger developmental talent who's been working in and out of Cody's Nightmare Factory and also just doing the independents and running the circuit and getting paid a ham sandwich to do a sunset flip. He showed me some stuff Anthony Ogogo of AEW fame and the boxing world was very patient with me and wanted to show me stuff and then Dallas Page and Vance, Number 10 from The Dark Order. The four of those gentlemen have all helped me and out of the composite six, seven hours of training I've done, I had about two minutes of a memorized match laid out where I did the wrist manipulation, I took a bump, and took a clothesline, I could give a vertical suplex. I really loved it dearly and you learn to love the pain because you love the work.
"So, you know, I've said it before and I'll say it again definitively. I guaran-damn-tee you unless God swipes me from the Earth because that's his call anyway, I will be wrestling in a celebrity wrestling match someday, and it will not be forgettable. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it. I'd rather not do it poorly. So it'll be a body transformation of some kind. There'll be a lot of diligence to actually learning the craft well enough to pull off a 10-minute match and not be gassed and vomit. Then, I also just want to take an actual bump and feel like a thumbtack spot through a table, like, let's just do it."
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